My favorite chili recipe- in the crock pot!

Chili is one of my favorite dishes to make when the weather gets cooler.  It’s full of protein, and such a comfort food for us.  This is more or less the chili recipe my mom made growing up, although I’ve changed things up a bit over the years.
chili recipe

1 lb ground beef (or turkey)

1lb sweet Italian pork sausage (if you like more heat, use spicy!)

1 15oz can dark red kidney beans, rinsed

1 15 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed (I forgot to get some of these so they aren’t included in the photo above)

2 large cans Tomato Sauce (we prefer Hunts brand)

1 small can tomato paste

Chili seasoning to taste

Hot peppers- to taste (We leave these in LARGE pieces, so that the kids don’t end up accidentally eating one)

3 bell peppers and 1 medium red onion, sauteed to soften


Brown the ground meat and the sausage in a pan.  Once browned, put meats into crock pot, and return pan to stove.

Chop the onion and pepper as small or large as you’d like it (I like to mince them) and sautee in oil or butter (or the grease from the meat).  Once the veggies are softened, add to crock pot with the meat.

Pour both cans of the tomato sauce into the crock pot, add chili seasoning to taste, and hot peppers (we add the hot peppers slowly, over time, so we don’t get our chili too hot).

Cook chili on low for at least 3 hours — stir occasionally, and if you prefer a hotter chili, add more hot peppers or even some red pepper flakes over time.

Serve with grated cheese, tortilla chips or corn bread/muffins!

Don’t forget to make a batch of my Simply Sweet Corn Muffins to go with this chili- they complement one another perfectly!

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  • Thanks for sharing this yummy chili recipe and suggesting corn muffins to serve with it!! A classic pair!
  • I've been looking for a good chili recipe! Can't wait to make it!
  • Looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe!
  • So many people are using their crock pot for so many receipes. I never thought of Chili, this is fabulous! I can put it in and no more work watching on the stove. Can't wait to try.
  • sounds delicious. I'll have to come over although I'm not big on beans and green peppers so I'll pick those out lol
  • I don't think that I want sweet sausage in my mix, but I would add onion and garlic
  • I put sweet sausage in my spaghetti sauce but I've never tried it in my chili I'm going to try a spicy sausage next time I make it! Thanks for the recipe!
  • Thanks for posting I will try this tomorrow night. I think I will try it with Corn Bread just to try something different. =)