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An easy chili recipe made in the slow cooker. The longer you cook this chili, the better it is!

Crock Pot Chili on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated January 2014

I laugh at myself because I claim that I’m not the biggest slow cooker fan, but I still find myself going back to it time and time again!! I guess I do have faith in it – and I love it’s time-saving abilities!!

This recipe actually was perfect for the slow cooker. I realized on a Thursday night that I had not only signed up to bring cupcakes to a church party, but also chili. I had to work the next day, so I knew the only way I’d be able to have chili ready was to use the slow cooker. And I actually really loved the final product!

This chili is quite thick, so if you don’t like your chili really thick, I would suggest adding more tomato sauce. It’s not very spicy, so feel free to add in more chili powder to give it more kick. And like most chili recipes, it is much better the next day!

Crock Pot Chili
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An easy chili recipe made in the slow cooker. The longer you cook this chili, the better it is!
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 (16-oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16-oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (16-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (16-oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon liquid from a jar of Pepporocini peppers
  • ¼ cup water
  • shredded cheese and sour cream, for serving
  1. Saute the chopped onion and garlic in the oil until barely golden. Add the ground beef and cook until browned; drain if necessary.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except cheese and sour cream) to the slow cooker and stir well. Cook on low for at least 4 hours, but it can cook all day long!
  3. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream, or any of your favorite chili toppings.
adapted from World Famous Nosh

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13 Responses to Crock Pot Chili

  1. Pam says:

    It sounds and looks great and perfect for a slow cooker. I love it with being thick but would have to add more chili powder. Bet it was a hit at church!

  2. Merut says:

    I think I'm with you – I avoid the crockpot whenever I can, but I can't avoid it forever. It just makes me nervous leaving my dinner alone for 8 hours while I'm at work. You never really know how it is going to turn out.

  3. claire says:

    mmm i would love to put some of that on a hotdog!

    i love my crockpot… i am glad you keep coming back- the ease is like no other!

  4. Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) says:

    There's nothing I love more come fall and winter than a big bowl of chili… This looks wonderful and warm, Deborah. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Tasha says:

    I love my slow cooker for chili and soups. I typically make my chili chock full of veggies, but this thick meaty, mostly veggie-less version would actually appeal to several of my family members a lot more. The pepperoncini liquid is a very intriguing addition!

  6. delishliving.com says:

    Isn't this just the best time of the year for chili? I can't help but make it like, all the time! This is yet another looking delicious version!

  7. Miss Meat and Potatoes says:

    Oh my goodness this sounds great. And I actually do love crock pot cooking – in fact I don't use mine near as much as I'd like to. I have never seen a chili recipe with pepperoncini juice in it before – I bet it gives it a great kick! Thanks for sharing;)

  8. keepitsweet says:

    i JUST said to my husband that i want to make a slow cooker chili, perfect post:-)

  9. Joanne says:

    The slow cooker is just perfect for recipes like this! I love a good thick chili…I can feel it warming my soul just thinking about it.

  10. Jennifurla says:

    I dont have a slow cooker šŸ™

    I should remedy that, this looks fantastic. I love thick chili.

  11. teresa says:

    what a great idea, i've never even thought to cook chili in the crockpot!

  12. Kim says:

    I love a good, thick, hearty chili and this one looks terrific! Love all the beans and the addition of the pepperocini liquid (that's a fun addition).

  13. blackbookkitchendiaries says:

    another great recipe to try:) thanks for sharing this.

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