I love a good Chili recipe on a cold crisp fall or winter day! Well as cold and crisp as we get here in Dallas, Texas I should say. So any cold front is an excuse for the Crockpot, for sure.
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With Chili does it really have to be cold though? There are so many things to do with a good Chili recipe! You can make chili dogs, chili cheese dogs, chili cheese tots, chili cheese fries, Frito Pie, Chili Mac – do I sound like Bubba talking about Shrimp yet?
This Chili recipe can be used for any of those things. Or you can just have a big ol’ bowl if you want. One of the Glorious things about Chili is, it is even better the next day! This recipe makes leftovers if you are cooking for four – six people, so you can have all variations of chili dinners throughout the week if you would like!
The Bean Debate – Should Chili have beans or not!? Beans or No Beans that is the Question.
Now are you a bean in your chili person or no beans in your chili person? We are a both ways kind of family. It really depends what we are having. For example, if we have Chili Dogs or chili fries or tots then I would have to say no beans. Frito pie I could do both ways same for a bowl of chili.
Usually I make our chili with no beans though. So to sum it up this recipe has no beans, but don’t worry, if you like beans just add a can or two of dark or light kidney beans or both (be sure to drain before adding).
This recipe can be made in a crock pot or on the stove top. If choosing stove top just simmer for a few hours. The secret to a good chili is letting it cook low and slow so all those flavors create yumminess.
I prefer the Crockpot method because there is nothing I love more than lazy cooking, and the Crockpot is great for lazy cooking. You do have to brown the meat and do a little mixing and prepping on your part but it is very simple.
You want to start with 2 pounds of ground beef. You can mix 1 pound ground turkey and 1 pound lean of ground beef if you prefer, I do this often when cooking with ground beef. Cook beef until brown adding chopped onions halfway through. Drain fat then add beef to your Crockpot.
I like to mix my spices all together and taste before adding to the Crockpot. I do this to make sure it has good flavor and is not too spicy (i have to hold back when cooking with spicy because I like my food hot and the kids not so much). If your spice mix taste good then your chili will be good 😉
Now there is a weird ingredient in this recipe, cocoa. I know, I know but believe me just try it. So just add it to your spice mixture and thank me later. Once all your spices are mixed add to the crockpot with the cooked ground beef.
Add tomatoes & chili’s (I get mine at Aldi other stores known as Rotel probably), tomato sauce & paste, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce to Crockpot. Stir all ingredients until well combined.
Set Crockpot to low and cook for 4-6 hours and let those yummy smells take over your house. If Chili needs to thicken add some cornstarch and water together in a small bowl to make a little paste, then slowly pour into Chili waiting 10-15 minutes before adding more. Remember less is more when cooking, you can always add more but cannot take away.
Serve in a bowl or your favorite way and Enjoy! Need more Crockpot or Dinner ideas Follow me on Pinterest and be sure to tag me at #moerecipes.
Crockpot Chili Recipe
Easy Crockpot Chili is a great dinner idea that will last all week and can be eaten several different ways.
- 2 lbs Ground Beef
- 1 yellow onion - diced
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chili's such as Rotel
- 1 28 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili pepper powder more for spicy
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
Chop onion and heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
Once pan is hot add oil to pan and cook onions until soft and opaque, then add ground beef. Cook beef until no longer pink and drain fat.
Add cooked beef to Crockpot and then add all other ingredients and mix until well combined. Set Crockpot to low and cook for 4-6 hours.
Serve in a bowl or as Chili Dogs or Frito Pie. Enjoy.
If you want to thicken up your chili add about a teaspoon of cornstarch and a little water to a small bowl. Mix until there are no lumps and stir into Chili. If sauce does not thicken add a little more until you reach desired thickness.
If you prefer to use ground turkey you can absolutely do so in this recipe. You can also mix 1 lb. of ground beef and 1 lb. of ground turkey together, which I have done many times. This recipe is also easy to double, just make sure your Crockpot is big enough.