Slow Cooked Chili and Homemade Apple Pie – As All American as Ricky Bobby!

26 Oct

Slow Cooked Chili Recipe and Homemade Apple Pie
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When it comes to crock-pot cooking and baking, Mrs. Paggi Pazzo has yours truly beat hands down! So when she suggests she wants to make chili with cornbread cup cakes and homemade apple pie, I gladly concede the kitchen to her. It’s a beautiful thing to come home and smell the wonderful aroma of the chili fragrancing the kitchen as it slow cooks for hours. On top of that, we went apple picking as a family recently so making fresh apple pie with fresh ingredients is the sweet post-dinner celebration that puts a smile on everybody’s face. You really can’t get anymore American than that, can you? Even Ricky Bobby would endorse this meal and he would say it with all due respect!

The slow cooking chili process takes about 8 hours and the ingredients are mainly made up of ground beef, beans, garlic, tomatoes, chili powder and cumin. Throw them together and it’s slow cookin’ heaven! When the chili is finally done and the long wait is over, spread some shredded Taco cheese on top and let it melt before eating. My wife also makes some homemade cornbread cupcakes that are a nice addition to the chili. I’ve got one hand on the cornbread and the other with a fork digging into the chili, because I like to party! But you can substitute the cornbread for tortilla chips if you prefer something with more crunch. Either way, it’s a great meal and most likely a lot healthier than what you’d find on the Ricky Bobby Family dinner table (and without the grace).

For the apple pie dessert my wife takes 5-6 apples that she peels and cuts out the cores, chops, etc… She then adds brown sugar, flour, nutmeg, butter, cinnamon and mixes the ingredients together before adding to the pie crust bottom. It’s a good thing she likes to bake because I am not very good with desserts and if I were, I’d be 300 lbs. by now. So there you have it, an All American meal and Paggi Pazzo’s first posting of my wife’s recipes – enjoy, I know I did!

Slow cooked Chili recipe from Paggi Pazzo

Slow Cooked Chili Recipe

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 8 hours

Total time: 8 hours 20 min

Yield: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 29 ounces diced tomatoes drained
  • 32 ounces kidney beans drained
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 onions
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup blended shredded Taco Cheese

Cooking Directions

  1. Add ground beef to a pan and cook until browned
  2. Drain grease from browned ground beef pan and add to crock pot
  3. Chop garlic and onion finely and add all ingredients into crock pot and set to low
  4. Slow cook for 8 hours while adding a sprinkle of chili powder, cumin, and pepper every 45 minutes
  5. Serve into bowl with shredded cheese and enjoy

Slow Cooked Chile Recipe

5 out of 5
stars based on 5 ratings.

Homemade Apple Pie Recipe

Fresh Apple Pie Recipe Photo from Mrs. Paggi Pazzo

Fresh Apple Pie Recipe Photo from Mrs. Paggi Pazzo with apples from the orchard.

By Paggi Pazzo
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 50 min
Total time: 1 hour 20 min
Yield: 10 servings


1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons of flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
5-6 Cortland apples
Store bought pie crust
1 glass pie plate

Cooking Directions

1. Peel & cut approximately 6 large apples into wedges (removing apple cores)
2. Mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt & apples in bowl
3. Lay out pie crust over bottom of glass pie plate and place mixture on top
4. Slice butter thinly and spread out evenly across the top of the mixture
5. If desired add a bit more sugar & cinnamon for flavor (I like my pie sweet!)
6. Also add more apples if there’s room (the filling should rise above the pie plate).
7. If the apples seem watery you can also add a bit more flour for thickening
8. Add top crust over mixture
9. Secure edges together with a fork & cut little slits into the top of the pie to let air circulate
10. Set oven to 375 degrees and cook for 50 minutes or until pie crust is brown
11. Let cool for at least 30 minutes and then ready to serve (a la mode is best!)

4 Responses to “Slow Cooked Chili and Homemade Apple Pie – As All American as Ricky Bobby!”

  1. pozycjonowanie stron December 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

    • Paggi Pazzo December 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      Thank you pozycjonowanie stron…. is that your real name? I bet you get a lot of people asking questions on how to spell it (the first name that is… :-)).
      Enjoy the chili recipe, I know I did!

  2. Linda October 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    these are your best recipes yet – your wife is brilliant! just teasing! i’m happy to contribute to our family meals every now & then 🙂

    • Paggi Pazzo October 27, 2011 at 1:19 am #

      And I’m happy to eat your contributions!

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