Then I dumped in the rest of the ingredients and spices and turned it on low in the crockpot where it will stay for the next 8 hours or so.
2 cans of organic petite diced tomatoes
1 10 oz package Trade Joes crimini mushrooms, chopped up fine
2 medium shallots chopped up fine
1 jar yellow and red roasted peppers from Trader Joes chopped up
Equivalent of 1 can of tomatoe paste, though I squirted it out of a tube
2 small turkish bay leaves
Dean and Deluca Chili Powder Blend which is what sets my chili apart from other chili because it is a rich dark perfect blend of spices!
Dean and Deluca Hungarian paprika, greek oregano, basil, thyme and cumin to taste. they don't like things 'spicy' so i never use more than a teaspoon of anything and mostly just a pinch. Last time I made it they said it was kind of boring, because I barely used any spices, so i upped the chili powder blend in this one! They just don't like 'hot' spicy things I think . . . or garlic!
If I was making it for me, I would add a ton of fresh grated garlic, greek black olives chopped up, red chili pepper flakes, Louisiana hot sauce & more fresh peppers chopped up.
I would serve it with greek yogurt and colby/jack cheese shredded on top of it and maybe some more olives chopped up on top. I USED to serve it with crushed up fritos and sour cream and cheese on top. It was yum, but I don't eat fritos anymore :(