Super delicious chili

With a title like that you, you HAVE to give it a try!

Last week I bought some locally made hot dogs from our neighborhood butcher and immediately got a craving for chili dogs.  I whipped up a batch on Sunday in the crockpot and it couldn't be more simple, healthy, or cheap!

Sarah's BBQ chili
1/2 cup each of dried pinto, kidney, and small white navy beans.  Soak in water overnight
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 lb of grass fed stew meat (or ground turkey)
1/2 lb of pork sausage (our butcher makes their own w/o casings, but if you use sausage with casings, remove them)
5 strips of bacon
1/2 cup of prepared or homemade BBQ sauce
3 TBLSP of chili powder (use less if you like less heat)
2 TBLSP of smoked paprika (find this in bulk and invest.  It kicks regular paprika's ass)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2.5 cups of beef broth or water
1 cup of tomato paste (I used leftover homemade pizza sauce)

1) drain the beans and transfer to crockpot.
2) cook bacon separately, drain, and crumble.
3) dump everything else in.  Cook on high for 1-2 hrs and then reduce to low.  Cook another 5-8 hours.
4) prior to serving, remove stew meat and shred.  Return to crockpot
5) if you want the consistency a bit thicker, mix cornstarch or flour with a little water and THEN add to the crockpot.  You will eliminate lumps that way.

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