The One I've Been Waiting For -- Easy Slow Cooker Chili
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6
  • Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Chili
  • Summary: This easy crockpot chili is my go-to recipe. Adapted from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook.
  • Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef (I used organic grass fed beef, but this can also be replaced with ground turkey)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained
  • 2 11.5 oz. cans Ro-Tel (When I lived in New York, where Ro-Tel isn’t, I’d see this in recipes and wonder what the hell it was. It’s canned diced tomatoes and green chiles. If you don’t have Ro-Tel, you can use 2 cans diced tomatoes and add another can of diced green chiles, below.)
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • ¾ c. beer (light beer, like Corona, but sometimes I make it with dark)
  • 2 tsp chili powder (I use Penzey’s Chili 3000 blend, but any blended chili powder will do)
  • 1½ tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt to taste
  1. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Brown the ground beef with the onion and the garlic until no pink remains.
  3. Put browned meat with other ingredients into crockpot or slow cooker, give it a good stir, and leave to cook on low for8-9 hours or high for 4-6. (I think it’s better when it’s cooked on low, and even better if you eat it the next day).
  4. Serve to your Super Bowl watchers topped with an option of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, diced onions and crumbled tortilla chips with a nice cold beer and watch it disappear.
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