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Slow Cooker Chili is one of my all time most popular recipes and for good reason! This is the best chili around and a long time family favorite! It’s so flavorful, its packed with protein and perfectly hearty and it’s a dinner everyone can agree on.
How To Make Slow Cooker Chili
2lbslean ground beef
1large yellow onion,finely chopped
3clovesof garlic,finely minced
2(14.5 oz) cansdiced tomatoes with green chilies*
3(8 oz) canscans tomato sauce
2 1/2tspground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1(15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1(15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
Optionally serve with:
fresh cornbread or biscuits, baked russet potatoes, saltine crackers or tortilla chips
Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onion and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour onions into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.
Return skillet to medium-high eat, add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned.
Drain most of fat from beef, leaving about 2 Tbsp in with beef (this is optional, I think it ads flavor but you can drain it all if you’d prefer). Pour browned beef into slow cooker.
Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 – 6 hours.
Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 2 minutes. Serve warm with desired toppings.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Look for tomatoes with “mild” green chilies. If you don’t like a bit of heat then just use plain canned tomatoes.
If you want to thin the chili at the end you can add in another 1/2 cup beef broth. If you like a really thick chili you can omit the beef broth altogether.
Other topping ideas include sour cream, chopped red or green onions, roasted peppers, or hot sauce
If desired serve with baked potatoes, cornbread, biscuits, saltine crackers or tortilla chips.