Crock Pot Chili Recipe-One Of My Favorite Crock Pot Chili Recipes

Crock Pot Chili Recipe - The crock pot or slow cooker is a favorite of chili enthusiasts all over the United States and that is because they come in so many shapes and sizes! One of the best thing that a crock pot is used for is the crock pot chili recipe. It is really great to be able to get a
meal going and just let it cook for hours while you do something else, and they need very little checking in on at all! My friends are always picking my brain for my latest crock pot chili recipe because I am like a mad scientist when it comes to cooking and I am always thinking about what next. So here I thought I would share one of my crock pot chili recipes with you. So let’s do this thing!

Here we go with my fave crock pot chili recipe:

2 to 3 Lbs of red meat. Some people like using lean ground beef and that is fine. I like to use ground round and mix it with 15% ground beef. 2 lbs ground beef to 1lbs of ground round. This provides really good flavor!

2 cans of red beans 16oz each. I like the Lousiana red bean for this recipe over the standard red kidney bean that many use. If you can’t find red beans or small red beans in the can then get them dry and soak them for this recipe. I like that way myself. The fresher the better in my book!

2 or 3 cans of fire roasted tomatoes. I like to roast my own tomatoes on my BBQ and then dice them up as I think the flavor is much better and puts more of a personal touch to my crock pot chili recipe than just buying canned tomatoes.

1 really large yellow onion. You could use a red one though. Remember! Nothing is written in stone here, if you don’t like one of my ingredients feel free to use something else and I am sure that it will be fine!

1 can/jar of peppers! You will need peppers for this recipe. There are many types. Many folks just use canned jalapeno’s and that is fine, but there are so many other types out there! Try some chipotle peppers! You know how hot you like things to be so try something different than just plain old jalapeno’s. I like a combo of poblano and chipotle’s. Mix it up a bit and make this crock pot chili recipe your own!

1-3 tablespoons of freshly minced garlic.

1-4 tablespoons of chili powder. (this is to taste) you can mix California chili powder with New Mexico chili powder and so on for a great combo of flavors!

1 tsp. of smoked paprika.

1-1/2 tsp. cumin

Some coarse ground salt to taste. (Don’t forget your secret weapon…….the spoon!, always taste, taste, taste!) you could leave the salt out for your guests to add on their own if you desire.

1 16oz to 28oz can of crushed tomatoes as part of the base.

3-5 tablespoons of tomato paste

1 tsp. sugar.

1 1/2 cup of red wine.

green bell peppers
red bell peppers
black pepper
chulula hot sauce

Crock Pot Chili Recipe

(all to taste)

If using dry red beans or even dry kidney beans soak them overnight in water and some salt and cover them. The next day bring them to a boil, then simmer them for about two hours. Then place all of your ingredients in the crock pot and put it on high for about the first ninety minutes and then put it on low and let it go for up to six hours and every hour or two check the contents and give them a quick stir. Now some folks like the chili they eat to be a bit on the “loose” side of things and that is ok. The chili might be a bit on the soupy side from the water in the tomatos and the water condensation from cooking in the crock pot itself. That’s OK! Many people that I know like the chili that they eat to be a bit more on the thick side and there are many ways to do that. One way is using white flour, which is the easiest way to thicken chili. I like to use corn meal as it adds an extra level of texture and makes your chili “stick to the ribs!” You can also use cornstarch, arrow root, or tapioca to thicken your chili. These are all of course optional. Dig in and enjoy this crock pot chili recipe today!