This slow cooker chili is flavorful and packed full of protein thanks to the farro and chicken. Just add beans, kale and bit of cheese and you’ve got yourself a hearty and healthy meal.
I’ve been wanting to whip out my crock pot recently and I finally got around to doing so. Speaking of crock pot, do you say crock pot or slow cooker? I suppose it’s similar to the Kleenex vs. tissue thing, huh? I say Kleenex which is also why I probably say crock pot, but for the sake of neutrality, I decided to call this Slow Cooker chili. OHHHH what a large decision, I know.
So anyway, I love my slow cooker for many a’ reasons, but mainly for the same reason as everyone else: I can throw food into it and forget about it for HOURS. Do you know what I can accomplish in hours? Christmas shopping, grocery shopping, online shopping, a trip to Starbucks and maybe Target too, a workout+a shower, develop a recipe that doesn’t involve the slow cooker, teach Layla ‘paw’ (I taught her ‘paw’ last night EEEEEE proud mom), binge watch Mad Men or House Hunters or the Real Housewives of anywhere, write five blog posts, sit on Pinterest Ok so the point is I can get a lot of accomplished instead of hovering over my food for hours, which is kind of awesome when you truly think about it.
Chili was a wintertime staple in my house growing up. My mom would make it, I would eat it, the end. Except one time she made it and I wasn’t able to eat dinner with the fam because I had dance practice. Ok actually that happened at least 3x/week, but that’s beside the point. Whenever I wasn’t home for dinner my mom would always pack me whatever meal she made. So, it kind of just made sense for her to pack me chili whenever she made chili, right? Wrong.
Typically dance practice would last from approximately 5-9 pm, with an hour break in between. I’d dance my little heart out, then NOM on some delicious food, and then go back to dancing. Funny thing about chili… it’s a COMFORT FOOD to the core. I remember wanting to vom everywhere when the teacher instructed us to do leaps and turns and whatnot. Note to self/mom: chili is not a pre-workout meal.
So when is the perfect time to eat chili, if not before taking a dance class? Pretty much any other time, but I’d say specifically when it’s chilly outside (ha ha….get it?) and when you have a lot to do but “no time” to do it. Now you do! Make this chili, throw it into the slow cooker and go be productive! Go go go! Just make sure to take it easy afterward
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8.5 oz (1 package) farro
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can tomato paste
- 2 cans diced tomatoes (I used Muir Glen's fire roasted tomatoes)
- 3 cups kale
- Pinch of oregano
- Cheese for topping
- Place chicken and olive oil in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add garlic, onions, farro, beans, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and oregano overtop.
- Cook on high for 3 hours, and then add kale.
- Cook for an additional hour and then remove from slow cooker*
- Add cheese on top and enjoy!
Q: Was chili a staple in your household growing up? What TV show would you like to binge watch while this chili is cooking in the slow cooker?