Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili

Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.


My mom makes some pretty delicious chili. I remember being a kid and thinking it was way too spicy, but either she’s changed it since then or my kids are not wimps like I was because they gobble it up. So about a year ago, I asked her for her recipe. Since then, I’ve modified it a bit, but overall it’s the same. I literally made this chili about 7 times over the course of three months this winter and I kept expecting someone to get sick of it, anyone. I kept expecting to have leftovers that went past their “best buy” date and needed to be frozen or trashed. Neither of these things happened. Actually, no matter how many times I made it, the leftovers were always gone within 3 days.

Meet the players:


You’ll need:

1 lb ground beef
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 a recipe of chili mix (recipe to follow)


Brown the beef in a skillet. And while it’s browning…


coarsely chop the onion. If you don’t like these delicious little beasts, you can chop them more finely. I don’t suggest leaving them out though.


Once the beef is brown, add the onions. Cook until they’re mostly translucent. While they’re doing that, make your chili mix.

You’ll need:

1/4 cup flour
4 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp crushed red pepper (I usually end up with somewhere around 1 tsp because I’m laaazy about turning the pepper mill over and over)
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp parsley
2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper


Get a small mason jar for the chili mix. Add the flour.


Add all the other stuffs. I’ll save you the individual pictures I took after adding each thing. Now put that lid on and shake it!


It’ll look like this when you’re done.


By this point, your onions should look partially translucent (fancy word for clear). Go ahead and dump all of that over to the crock pot.


Open up all those cans and dump them in.


Take one of those cans and fill it up with water (I usually use the tomato sauce, because then you can get all of that tomato-y goodness out). Dump that in too.


If you’re feeling daring, add a last minute bit of brown sugar. Maybe not quite as much as I did though, because this chili ended up sweet.

Give it a good stir and let it cook on low for at least four hours, but you could go a lot longer than that and I usually do.


Make it vegetarian by omitting the meat and adding another type of bean or a meat substitute.

If you like sausage, feel free to add some. The original recipe from my mother had sausage, I believe 1/2 lb, but we’re not huge on it so I leave it out.

For chunkier chili, try stew meat instead of ground beef. Just brown the outsides of the stew meat before throwing it in the keep the juices in. The longer the better on cooking this one.

If you’re in a hurry, you can do this on the stovetop instead. Simmer it for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer.


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13 thoughts on “Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili

  1. Yum! This looks pretty similar to our chili! Do you ever add molasses? That’s one of our secret ingredients…but we may prefer our chili sweeter than you do 😉

  2. We used to have a version of crock pot chili at work that I don’t think had any seasoning in it. It was JUST cans and it was good. I think, though, it may have been total cheat: cans of chili and cans of rotel, maybe.

    Your version seems much more appealing! I need to get my crock pot!

  3. oh, I just love the crock pot recipes!! We will definitely make this. Thank you for sharing! I also always appreciate the photos in recipes. and the chili mix will make my daughter to happy. It’s just the way she makes her “potions”… so I’ll have to get her in on that.

  4. Man…I can’t believe I gave away my crock pot because I didn’t use it. Ever since then all I see are delicious things I want to try!

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