Crockpot chili is one of our favorite, busy week night, go-to recipes. Not only is it simple to prepare, it is ready when you get home from a long day at work or school.

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A bowl of thick and hearty crockpot chili

All you have to do is brown the meat and throw everything in the crockpot before you head out in the morning.

Once you get home the warm and delicious smell of classic chili will be drifting through the air.  We use a 6 qt. programmable crockpot that will keep the chili warm after the cook time ends.

This recipe provides a thick and hearty chili that stands up great to a crowd.

The warm, yet tolerable heat begs people to eat a second helping.  You can adjust the heat to your liking – add an extra jalapeno or don’t use any at all.  The choice is up to you.

Our biggest secret in making the perfect chili is to use a mixture of ground meat.

We typically use 1/2 pound each of ground chuck, ground sausage and ground chicken. Although using one variety of ground meat is still very good, using the trio adds an additional depth of flavor that you just can’t find when using a single source.

So next time when you want a nice and hearty bowl of chili – give this award winning recipe a try!

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The secret to outstanding chili begins with the meat.

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You can use sweet, yellow or red onion in your chili.

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Diced jalapeno and sweet orange pepper ready to be added to the crockpot.

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The chili mixture before it has been cooked in the crockpot.

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After 6-8 hours in the crockpot, this is what you will find – pure goodness!

THICK AND HEARTY CROCKPOT CHILI RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2  lb. ground meat

1 red bell pepper; seeded and chopped

1/2 onion; diced

1- 14oz. can kidney beans

1- 14oz. can black beans – drained 85%

1- 10oz can tomato sauce

1 pint diced tomatoes

½ large jalapeno

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Brown ground meat till no longer pink, drain, and add to crock pot.

2. To the crock pot add the remaining ingredients and stir.  **If you like it spicy add extra jalapenos, pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce.

3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Enjoy!

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Mary and Jim

Thick and Hearty Crockpot Chili

Thick and Hearty Chili made right in your crockpot.
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb. ground meat
  • 1 red bell pepper; seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 onion; diced
  • 1- 14 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1- 14 oz. can black beans – drained 85%
  • 1- 10 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 pint diced tomatoes
  • ½ large jalapeno
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Brown ground meat till no longer pink, drain, and add to crock pot.
  2. To the crock pot add the remaining ingredients and stir. **If you like it spicy add extra jalapenos, pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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