Nothing warms your heart and soul like a nice, heaping plate of hot chili on a cold day. Even as the winter weather is dwindling, nothing screams comfort like this spicy chili recipe paired with a nice, thick piece of toast. The spicy kick from the jalepenos make this chili like no other you have tasted. Either way, it is sure to be a hit with loved ones. So go ahead and relax & go outside and build a snowman - as the crock pot will do most of the labor for you! Ingredients: -3 tablespoons vegetable oil -2 medium yellow onions, medium dice -1 medium red bell pepper, medium dice -6 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped -1/4 cup chili powder -1 tablespoon ground cumin -2 pounds lean ground beef -1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed -1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes -1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce -2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed -1/4 cup coarsely chopped pickled jalapeños or green chiles, drained For serving (optional): -Shredded cheddar cheese -Thinly sliced scallions -Sour cream Directions: 1) Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. 2) Add the onions and bell pepper, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. 3) Add the garlic, chili powder, and cumin, stir to coat the vegetables, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the ground beef and measured salt and cook, breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until the beef is no longer pink, about 7 minutes. 4) Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker, add the diced tomatoes and their juices, tomato sauce, and beans, and stir to combine. 5) Cover and cook until the chili thickens and the flavors meld, about 8 hours on low or 6 hours on high. Stir in the jalapeños or green chiles. Taste and season with salt as needed. 6) Serve with the cheese, scallions, and sour cream. 7) Enjoy!