Classic Slow Cooker Chili

Out of all the months, February is my least favorite. It’s just so dreary and grey. Plus the weather can’t make up its mind. One day it’s freezing and the next it’s in the high 70’s. Not to mention it has two of the most pointless holidays ever (looking at you Groundhog and Valentines Day). Honestly, who thought it was a great idea to let a rodent determine predict the weather?? Pull yourself together February!

February may be close to over, but not before it brings another cold spell or two. I personally love the cold. That’s probably because I live in the south, our cold weather never goes below 0 degrees, and snow is a rare and special thing. Especially because when it does snow, it’s only a few inches and creates a winter wonderland. Not “I’m snowed in and my car is completely buried under a mountain of snow. If I go outside my face will freeze off and I will die” weather.

When we do have a cold spell, there’s one dish that my husband and I instantly crave: a big bowl of chili. To be fair, there’s never a wrong time for chili. It can be dead of summer and a hot 90+ degrees but a chili dog will hit the spot.

This is my all-time favorite chili recipe and it couldn’t be easier to make. It even won a chili cook-off at my office, so trust me, you will want to try this. Its meaty, hearty and savory. Its exactly what you crave when you want a good old fashioned classic cup of chili.

This recipe can feed a crowd. I usually make the whole recipe and then freeze half of it for a rainy (or wintry) day. Feel free to cut this in half if only feeding a couple of people.

Also, don’t let the crock pot deter you away. Believe me, I miss Jack as much as the rest of you but as long as you don’t have a really old crock pot with a faulty switch and forget to get batteries for your smoke alarm the same day you plan to cook you’ll be okay. Seriously though, has there ever been a more preventable death?! THIS IS WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CREATE A LIST WHEN YOU GO TO THE STORE!  For those of you that live under a rock, that is a This Is Us reference. Oh, and spoiler alert, I guess. Although if you haven’t caught up to that episode yet, that’s your own fault and I have no sympathy. Anyway, back to the point: Chili is awesome and this recipe won’t kill your loved ones.

For this recipe you will need 2lb ground beef, 1 cup diced yellow onion, 2 cloves of diced garlic, 1 28oz can diced tomatoes (undrained), 1 16oz chili beans undrained (I like Bush’s Chili beans the best), 1 15oz tomato sauce, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

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Dice the onion and add to a skillet along with the ground beef. Cook for about 8-10 minutes over medium heat, until the beef is brown and the onions are clear. Drain the fat and add the mixture to a slow cooker.

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Add in all the remaining ingredients, stir it all together and cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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Once cooked, stir everything together and then fill up a bowl and add in your favorite toppings. In my humble opinion there is no better way to eat Chili than adding in cheddar cheese, sour cream and some Fritos.

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This chili also makes the perfect topping for hot dogs, if chili dogs are more your style.

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What are your favorite toppings to add to chili? Leave your answer in the comments! Also, if you need an emotional support group for This Is Us, I am here for that too.


Classic Slow Cooker Chili 

2lb ground beef
1 cup diced yellow onion
2 cloves of diced garlic
1 28oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 16oz chili beans undrained 
1 15oz tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

1. Dice the onion and add to a skillet 
along with the ground beef. Cook for about
8-10 minutes over medium heat, until the 
beef is brown and the onions are clear. 

2. Drain the fat and add the mixture to a 
slow cooker. 

3. Add remaining ingredients and stir together.

4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

5. Fill up a bowl and add your favorite toppings
(I like cheddar cheese, sour cream, and Fritos)
Or add on top of a hot dog and top with cheese
to create a Chili Dog.

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