Slow Cooked Chili – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

While this may not be the recipe for chili connoisseurs, it’s definitely the chili recipe for a busy family! My husband particularly likes this recipe, too, so all the better. It’s got enough kick to be called chili, yet isn’t too spicy for my little guy. Or for me. I’m such a lightweight these days when it comes to spicy foods. You can, of course, spice this up a bit if your family likes more fire in their chili.

You can double this, or triple it, if you have a really big crock pot. Left overs freeze nicely, so making double batches is an easy way to stock your freezer. You can, of course, use fresh tomatoes; and you can, of course, cook some dried beans ahead of time to use in place of the canned. I’m able to buy canned kidney beans on sale quite often, and at just $.49/can (sometimes less), I can’t overlook the convenience/timesaving factor.

When my husband saw what was for dinner tonight, he said, “Yummmmmm”. Can’t argue with that!

Copperswife’s Slow Cooked Chili

2 lbs. ground beef
2 – 16 oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 – 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes (do NOT drain)
1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce
2 medium onions, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons salt (less if you prefer)
1 teaspoon black pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese for garnish

Brown ground beef in skillet. Drain grease. (I don’t do this because I buy fairly lean ground beef and what little bit of fat that does cook out of the meat, enhances the flavor of the chili.) Transfer meat to the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients (except cheese). Give it all a good stir. Cover and cook on low 8 – 10 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Garnish each individual serving with grated cheddar cheese. (Some folks like some diced onion on top, too).

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4 comments to Slow Cooked Chili – Fast, Easy and Delicious!

  • YUM!  I have a variant on that that is entirely vegetarian, so we use three kinds of beans, skip the beef, and add a palmful of cumin to make it taste “smokey.” It is so delicious, and a favourite in our house!  Nothing beats a bowl of chili on a cold night, and it’s so fast and easy!

  • MMmmm. Sounds gooOOd! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Yummy! This is very similar to the chili I make (I add two more cans of beans) and will be making tomorrrow for dinner. Thanks for your encouragement to make those appliances work for us. I have also started menu planning again, thanks to your encouragement. It definitely makes life easier. Have a blessed day!

  • This seems simple and tasty as well. 🙂 Thank you for sharing it. I will have to write that down.