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Game day recipe: Slow cooker chili

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There are so many different ways to make a bowl of chili and although New England's winter doesn't seem to have arrived just yet, it's also a great way to stay warm on game day. Last week, as part of our recipe contest with Dannon, we shared a version that included cocoa. This week, Petra Sankari of Boston, Mass., lets us in on a simple chili that can be made in a slow cooker, giving you more time to focus on the game.

"The great thing about this dish is that you can spend as much or as little time cooking it as you want," Petra said of her "Any Given Sunday" chili. "Make it quickly for an early game or let it cook all day for Sunday Night Football!"

Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients
Makes about 6 servings

2 lbs. ground beef
1 large onion, diced
1 sweet potato, shredded
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2-3 Tbsp. cumin
Chipotle hot sauce 

In a pot, brown the meat in batches together with the onion.

If using a slow cooker, transfer the meat to it and add the rest of the ingredients and spices. Cook on slow until game time, making sure to give it at least 3 to 4 hours. If sticking with the stovetop, add the rest of the ingredients and spices to the pot and let it simmer, stirring occasionally. The longer it cooks, the better.

The third way to prepare this chili is in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. After browning the meat and onions on sauté mode, add the shredded sweet potato and diced celery. Pour in the tomatoes and spices and mix together. Switch to beans or chili pressure cooking mode and cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve with chipotle hot sauce on the side, so your guests can enjoy their chili as mild or spicy as they'd like. 

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