Crock Pot Tater Tot Chili

It occurred to me during the last of my half-mile repeats.  Sound body mechanics and peaceful mind- everything will flow from there.    Everything will flow and you’ll be running in the zone.  This experience has taught me.


Last night’s beef and tater tot chili was a tremendous success with the Involuntary Tasters.  Buoyed by this triumph of chili spectacularity, I sought to stick with what is working.  Go with the flow and if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.  This experience has taught me.



¾ lb ground beef

1 can (14.5 oz) Mexican style diced tomatoes

2/3 C spaghetti sauce

¼ C prepared black coffee

1/3 diced white onion

2 T chili powder

1 t cumin

1 lb tater tots




    1) In a frying pan, brown ground beef.

2) Add cooked beef to the slow cooker and stir in tomatoes, spaghetti sauce             coffee, onion, chili powder, and cumin.

3) Top with tots.

4) Cook on low for 8 hours.

5) Top with 1 C shredded cheddar cheese and cook on high until cheese melt.



Crock Pot Tater Tot Chili

Crock Pot Tater Tot Chili

Tasting Notes:


If experience has taught me anything, it is that experience is a lying, self-serving son-of-a-bitch that bends reality and revises history to suit its needs and feed its sententious ego.  A full 2/3 of the kids hated this chili. The remaining 1/3 became confused and thought, very earnestly, that this chili was, in fact, the same one I had served last night.  Go figure.  The reason the wheel is continually reinvented is that there is no accounting for fickle tastes.  Goddamnit, the raison d’être for suffering in this world is desire or maybe it is chili or desire for chili.  Whatever the case, this was another solid offering.  The chili was spicy, owing to the Mexican style canned tomatoes.  I contend that it was spicy in a wholly awesome way.  The tots were awesome.  When are tots not awesome?  And ground beef?  Who can beat ground beef? And, duh, it has coffee.  Sound body mechanics and peaceful mind….experience the flow.

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