Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

It’s been a hot minute since I posted a recipe on here, but those of you that have been around for a while you may remember I use to post one per month. I even have a whole tab at the top of the page {here} dedicated to recipes. I thought I’d get back on the horse with a nice mild chili recipe today, seeing as there’s a big game coming up and you may want something easy and hearty to serve.

crockpot mild chili recipe - easy and healthy

I like to call this recipe Kitchen Sink Chili because I put a ton of good stuff in it and it makes enough to feed about 10-12 people. It’s also great as a vegetarian option because there’s so much in there you can just subtract the beef and the consistency will still be fine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 1 jalapeno pepper (cubed)
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 12oz can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn niblets (drained)
  • 1 can red kidney beans (not drained!)
  • 1 can black beans (half drained)
  • 1 can pink beans (drained)
  • 1 can green pigeon peas (drained)
  • 2 dollops sour cream
  • 5 shakes cumin
  • 1-2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 packet mild chili powder
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

How to make: 

  • Cube your 3 peppers the night before and store in a container in the fridge- this helps the jalapeno juices mix in with the others
  • Mince your red onion (I use a food processor for this) the night before, and add 2 cloves crushed garlic to it- also in the fridge the night before
  • Brown your ground beef and mix in 2 cloves garlic and chili powder packet
  • Stir everything into a slow cooker, cook on low for 6-7 hours
  • Enjoy!

vegetarian option chili

Food photographer I am not, but pop this chili in a bread bowl and I promise you will be happy.

My husband and I like different levels of “hot” in our food, so we added in hot sauce to taste while eating, along with cheddar cheese. You can also salt and pepper to taste, of course.

Other optional add ins: 

  • basil, parsley, oregano (I used diced tomatoes with these seasonings already in it)
  • a second jalapeno! (I may do this next time for a bit more kick)
  • Sriracha (for a good, sweet hot)
  • shredded chicken instead of, or alongside, beef

What else do you add to your chili?

 

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