Meal prepping like a pro...Cacao chilli slow cooker recipe

Hate coming home from work and having to think about what to cook?

Slow cooker to the rescue! 

As far as the name of kitchen appliances go, this is worst...and that's saying something...Nutribullet, Magimix, George Foreman!?...but SLOW cooker...i mean immediately that makes me want to throw it out the window. Actually in this case slow can be a real time saver.

Chop all the veg the night before and then all you have to do is combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, bang it on before you go to work and boom you come home to a house that smells divine and a dinner that's hot and ready to go!  It's a dream...definitely worth getting up 10 mins earlier for.

So...if you've got a dusty old slow cooker in the cupboard that you're not using because of its hideous name...dust it off and give this recipe a go. You won't look back!

Cacao chilli (serves 6-8 people)

1x large white onion
2x cloves garlic
2x red bell peppers
2x medium sweet potatoes
100g sweetcorn (frozen or tinned is fine)
2x 400g cans chopped tomoatoes
1x cup of water
2x 400g cans of black or kidney beans
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chipotle powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp oregano
30g cacao powder
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup fresh coriander chopped finely

Okay, so there is a lot of ingredients, but the method is simples...

  1. Dice the onions
  2. Crush & finely chop the garlic
  3. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes into 1.5cm chunks
  4. Roughly chunk the red peppers (as big or small as you like them)
    Steps 1-4 can be done the night before
  5. Combine the chopped veg and all other ingredients, apart from the lime juice and fresh coriander, into the slow cooker and stir
  6. Put the lid on and set on a medium setting for 6-8hrs
  7. Come home to a delicious smelling house
  8. Add the lime juice and fresh coriander
  9. Season according to your tastes if required
  10. Serve with brown rice or simply on a bed of spinach topped with some avocado.
It tastes even better on day 2 & 3, so it's a great to batch cook!

If you give it a go share your thoughts and photos in the comments section below, i'd love to hear how you get on.

Happy cooking!


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