Recipe: Crock Pot Chili

MG and I were hard at work yesterday with house stuff, so I was super glad that I had chili going in our crock pot so that when we were done working, we had a nice meal ready to go! And, with the cold temps lately, a hot bowl of chili just sounded really good!
I found this recipe....of course...on Pinterest, but here's the original site.

What You Need:
-1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey if you want)
-1 green pepper, diced
-1 yellow onion, diced
-2 cans of kidney beans, one drained, one NOT drained*
-1 can diced tomatoes *
-1/ tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-2 Tbsp chili powder
-1 tsp crushed red peppers
-1.5 Tbsp vegetable oil

*we used reduced sodium for beans and tomatoes since there is SO MUCH salt in everything, we reduce wherever we can

Optional: cheese, sour cream, Tabasco sauce

What You Do:
1. Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet or pan. Let it heat over medium heat for a minute or two, then add in the green peppers and onion. Coat them in the oil and cook through for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add in the ground beef and salt, and cook through until no longer pink.

3. While the ground beef is cooking, add the two cans of beans (one drained, one not drained), the tomatoes, chili powder, pepper, and crushed red pepper (adding the crushed red pepper is missing from the original recipe, therefore I forgot to do so). Stir it up.
When the ground beef mixture is ready, add it to the crock pot, stir, cover, and set to 6 hours on HIGH.

4. When it's done cooking, scoop it out, add on any toppings (we chose some sharp cheddar and a small scoop of sour cream). We also added some tabasco sauce for some spice since the original recipe didn't say when to add the crushed red pepper flakes, so I forgot to put them in. Try it with the red pepper flakes and if you want some more spice, add in some Tabasco sauce.
No toppings
With toppings. Toppings are always better :)

This is a dish I'll definitely make again--it's definitely one to make on the weekend, especially if you dont have time to brown meat in the morning before leaving for work. I might add another can of tomatoes to it the next time I do it.
It's perfect for a hearty meal when it's cold outside!



  1. This is one of my favorites to make in the Fall/Winter!! I dont think I've added a chopped green pepper though - can't wait to try it your way! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. Thanks for sharing, Jenn! Our favorite chili recipe is from Southern Plate and it's similar to yours. However, the crushed red pepper flakes are new. May have to try that tomorrow when I make it for the week {Great minds think alike! I had chili on our weekly menu!}! Obviously you guys like to kick it up a notch, too, with the Tabasco! I'm from Louisiana and we like our food SPICY!!

  3. I love making chili in the crock pot! Your recipe looks so good. :)

  4. I love easy crock pot meals - it makes cooking so much easier. I need to put this one on my list for when I can eat beans and cheese again!

  5. This couldn't have come at a better time! I definitely will have to try this...looks easy enough and I LOVE me something easy!

  6. Yumm...I cooked a similar recipe recently and it was amazing! Love to top mine with sour cream and cheese as well!

  7. I've never considered making chili in the crockpot. gives me something to think about. I recently saw a chili recipe that calls for a jar of salsa. I think I'm going to try it that way. sounds good (I love me some salsa)

  8. I've never made chili in the crockpot before but now I need to! That sounds so easy and is the perfect meal to come home to after a long day at work!!

  9. LOVEEE chili.. Hot or cold, it's the best! And this recipe looks great!

  10. This looks delicious! I'm so excited you posted a crock pot recipe because I found a crock pot on sale over my winter break and have been obsessed with using it ever since. I've saved the post so I can make it soon!

  11. YUM! This looks delish and you had me at crock pot :)

  12. I love chili! What I also love about it is that everyone has their own spin on it to make it their own. Looks super yummy! I need to a get a crockpot stat.

  13. Chili is one of my favorites! Especially when it's cold and then all those leftovers for lunch!

  14. Crockpot chili is the best this time of year! This sounds like a really awesome recipe too!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle


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