Slow Cooker Chili

02.14.2013

Slow Cooker Chili {Cooking Classy}

In my home during the cold winter months I make chili about once every other week. I love chili. I was raised on the stuff. It’s hearty, flavorful, and it’s simply a perfect blend of so many delicious ingredients, and there’s more….. it makes delicious left overs. I ‘m not a huge fan of left overs of any kind but this, it’s like a spaghetti sauce, letting it sit overnight just allows that much more time for the flavors to saturate so it’s equally as good as the first day it’s made. Chili is a simple and classic American dish. Another reason I make it so often is because I always have all of the ingredients on hand. There aren’t many meals out their that contain so many ingredients which start from a can and it ends with such tasty results.

One of my favorite ways to serve chili  is with baked Russet potatoes. I slice the baked potato open then slightly compress it so it mashes a bit to create more area for soaking then I drench it with hot chili, smother it with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and finish it a generous dollop of sour cream (and sometimes hot sauce because how can I resist?), then I usually have a full bowl of chili along side that =). Yes it is so delicious that I still crave it at least once or twice a month. I also love to serve it in a bread bowl or along with biscuits, cornbread and of course saltine crackers. My latest favorite chili is this recipe I created for the slow cooker. The flavor of the chili is amazing and the texture of the beef is so tender, basically perfect and the way the ground beef in chili should be. Six hours of slow cooking creates the best chili ever. And have I mentioned how easy this chili is to make? It’s a total breeze, so this will likely become a recipe you won’t want to lose =). Simplicity – check, unbelievably satisfying – check, easy cleanup – check check check. You’re going to watn to try this. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chili {Cooking Classy}

Slow Cooker Chili {Cooking Classy}

Slow Cooker Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 - 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (14.5) oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Serve topped with:
  • Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, chopped red or green onions, cilantro, roasted peppers, or hot sauce
  • Optionally serve with:
  • fresh cornbread or biscuits, baked russet potatoes, saltine crackers or tortilla chips

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick saucepan over moderately high heat. Once oil is hot, carefully crumble ground beef into oil and cook, stirring occasionally until beef has browned. Drain most of fat from beef, leaving about 2 - 3 Tbsp in with beef (this is optional, I think it ads flavor but you can drain it all if you'd prefer). Pour browned beef into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker. Add in onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 - 6 hours.
  • Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 10 minutes (if you want the soup to have more liquid add 1 cup of beef broth or chicken broth - not water). Serve warm with desired toppings (I say the cheese and sour cream is a must, everything else is optional).
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
http://www.cookingclassy.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-chili/

30 comments

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction: We eat a lot of chili during the winter months, too! I love the idea serving it with baked potatoes and extra cheese! February 15, 2013 at 1:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is the best winter meal. Thanks for commenting Jessica! February 16, 2013 at 12:07am Reply

  • Angela @ Another Bite Please: i love slow cooker meals…I make one usually once a week since I work late on Tuesday and love that hubby can have meal ready for the kiddos….and he loves chili so this would be perfect…and serving over a potato sounds so good! February 15, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Angela! February 16, 2013 at 12:06am Reply

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  • Kim: What type of “tomato sauce” is supposed to be used in this recipe?

    Thanks :) February 27, 2013 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just a plain tomato sauce. I used the kind that has salt (NOT a no salt added version). February 28, 2013 at 1:16am Reply

  • Martina: Have made this twice since finding recipe it is very good my family love it March 19, 2013 at 3:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Martina – I’m so glad to hear your family loves this chili! Thanks so much for your comment! March 19, 2013 at 9:43am Reply

  • Christie: Hi, when do I add the beans in? At the end? Also, is this okay to be in the crockpot for 8 hours rather than 6? Thanks! May 15, 2013 at 1:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You add the beans in after it has cooked the 6 hours. It would be fine to do the 8 hours, my Mom said she cooked hers about that long and it was a little more dry so you will likely want to add in 1 cup of beef broth or chicken broth. Hope you enjoy! May 15, 2013 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Christi: Hi, Thanks for a great recipe. I have been craving Chili for the longest but when I make it it doesn’t taste quiet right. I can toss this together before work and dinner will be done. I will be making it this coming fall. Thank you so much! August 30, 2013 at 7:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Christi :)! September 1, 2013 at 12:36pm Reply

  • Katie Honeycutt: WOW! This was the BEST chili recipe I’ve found. This will be my new go to recipe. Thank you for sharing it! October 14, 2013 at 7:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you think it’s the best you’ve found Katie :)! Thanks for your comment! October 14, 2013 at 7:47pm Reply

  • sara: This was a great recipe, especially because I love my chili very meaty and thick – and not too spicy. I ½’d the recipe since i was cooking for 1 (some to be frozen) however used ¾ of an onion (i love onions!), added some cinnamon (thats how we do chili here in cincinnati), and used ⅓ light red kidney beans, ⅓ dark red kidney beans and ½ can “ranch style” beans. I did need to add the 1 cup of chicken broth to help with the consistency, and even after that it was a great chunky chili! Definitely will be making this again!!! October 29, 2013 at 3:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy to hear you enjoyed it Sara and you’d make it again :)! November 3, 2013 at 6:47pm Reply

  • Amanda k: I made this for lunch today! With my family of picky chili eaters and they all loved it. Thank you for a great chili recipe! November 3, 2013 at 11:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Amanda! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, so glad your family liked this! November 10, 2013 at 8:02am Reply

  • Rasheedah Mulkey: My family loved it!!! The kids said we should have this more often November 15, 2013 at 5:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear that Rasheedah! Thanks for leaving a comment! November 15, 2013 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Re-Re: I’ve Been Looking For A Great Chili Recipe And I Have Found It!! I Made This Tonite And OMG!!! It’s Awsome It’s So Delicious I Most Definitely Will Keep This Recipe Thanks For Sharing!! January 30, 2014 at 11:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Re-Re! Thanks for your comment! February 4, 2014 at 9:56pm Reply

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  • crystal: Hi there I have one question for you could I make this in a pot instead of the slow cooker. July 14, 2014 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, definitely. Just let is simmer for a few hours over low heat, stirring occasionally. July 14, 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Jill: This chili recipe is awesome. Thank you! July 23, 2014 at 7:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Jill :)! August 9, 2014 at 11:57pm Reply

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