Crockpot Chili

THIS CROCKPOT CHILI IS the only chili recipe you need!

This Crockpot Chili recipe is mega hearty, packed with flavor and can’t-stop-eating delicious.  It’s made with a combination of lean ground beef, hot Italian sausage, kidney beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic and robust seasonings that slow cook all day as it fills your home with the tantalizing aroma of the BEST Crockpot Chili!  Or more accurately, best chili recipe – period.  Top your easy Crockpot Chili with all your favorite toppings – cheese, sour cream, corn chips, green onions and just try and stop at one bowl.  This Crockpot Chili recipe makes fantastic leftovers (it’s even better the next day) so it’s fabulous for make ahead meals and crowds and it also freezes beautifully for an instant dinner any night of the week.

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CROCKPOT CHILI RECIPE

I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over 5 years and have yet to post my Crockpot Chili recipe!  I LOVE Chili so much that I’ve already posted Turkey ChiliCreamy White Chicken Chili, BBQ Chicken Chili, Chipotle Mango Chili and even Chili Mac and Cheese – and now it’s past time for good old Crockpot Chili – because sometimes the classics are just what the taste buds ordered.

This Crockpot Chili recipe is to live for.  It’s like a big, comforting, satisfying hug in soup form that will warm you from the inside out.  It’s for all those busy days, chili days (pun intended), need-to-open-the-door-to-dinner days and want-to-please-everyone days.  Because this Crockpot Chili is one recipe everyone can always agree upon; and crave; and request seconds.

More reasons to love easy crockpot chili:

  • Crockpot cooking:  I love that this is Crockpot Chili is cooked in the slow cooker – no babysitting the stove – but the real win is the chili itself; the best chili is always made in the crockpot.  The slow cooking enhances the flavors of the chili and allows them to build and meld together to a seamless explosion of YUM.  The slow cooking creates buttery tender meat, soft beans (not mushy) and delicate veggies.
  • Homemade chili seasonings:  The YUM also factor comes from a homemade medley of chili seasonings. Instead of using any seasoning packets, our Crockpot Chili recipe is seasoned precisely with chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika, ground coriander, salt, pepper, beef bouillon with plenty of aromatic fresh onions and garlic.  It is a symphony of epic proportions – and you will want epic portions.
  • Even better leftovers:  You will also love that this Crockpot Chili is not only so easy to make, but makes AMAZING leftovers!  In fact, I encourage you to try and make it a day ahead of time because it tastes even the better the next day. This chili makes a large batch so it can be served throughout the week in multiple ways (see below) and used for several meals -winning.
  • Versatile:  In addition to chili in a bowl, this Crockpot Chili can be served on pasta (ramen or mac & cheese), on baked potatoes, rice, chili dogs, Navajo tacos, etc.
  • Freezer friendly:  Whatever chili you don’t consume, you can freeze for later, or make it intentionally to freeze because it freezes exceptionally well.
  • Crowd pleaser:  This easy Crockpot Chili makes enough to satisfy a crowd so it’s perfect for entertaining – and perfect for YOU for entertaining because it can be made ahead of time, is mostly hand’s off, and everyone can serve themselves along with a chili bar of all their favorite toppings.
top view of crockpot chili recipe in a white bowl with cheese, green onions, sour cream

What Ingredients go into Easy Crockpot Chili?

Please don’t be scared when you see the somewhat lengthy ingredient list for this Slow Cooker Chili because most of them are just cans or seasonings that simply get dumped into the crockpot. You will need:

  • Lean Ground beef: I recommend using 85-90% lean Angus beef for the best flavor.  Angus meat is known for being more tender, marbled, and flavorful than regular beef. 
  • Hot Italian Sausage:  this sausage will not make your Crockpot Chili recipe spicy due to the volume of other ingredients – just intensely flavorful.  You can purchase Italian sausage in links or in bulk – both will work great.  You can purchase Italian sausage fresh and use it within 3 days or purchase it and freeze for up to 30 days then defrost before using.  I often keep both sausage and ground beef in my freezer so I can make this chili recipe any time.  
  • Vegetables:  one chopped yellow onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper and 6 garlic cloves add fabulous flavor.  Please don’t substitute with powders.  You may substitute the green bell pepper with celery.
  • Mild diced green chilies:  one (4 oz) can of diced green chilies adds a hint of tangy delight.  Make sure you purchase MILD diced green chiles because the “hot” green chiles are HOT! 
  • Beef broth & beef bouillon:  use reduced sodium beef broth so we can also use beef bouillon which is slightly salty and adds intense, concentrated flavor.  The beef broth thins the Crockpot Chili out, so if you like super chunky chili, the you can leave it out.  You can also add more after the chili is cooked to thin it out if you wish. 
  • Seasonings: our homemade chili seasoning is made with chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, smoked paprika, ground coriander, salt and pepper (and beef bouillon). It adds layers of complex flavors so please don’t skimp on any of them.  You may also add cayenne pepper to taste if you use mild sausage or if you would like a spicier chili.  
  • Kidney beans:  are the most satisfying beans in chili.  I like to use three cans of kidney beans for their satisfyingly creamy, tender, and nutty flavor but you may also swap a can of kidney beans for pinto or black.
  • Fire roasted diced tomatoes:  are tomatoes that have been roasted which gives them a complex smokiness and removes the acidic bite.   Fire roasted tomatoes are located next to the traditional diced tomatoes – just make sure you purchase the ones without any added seasonings.
  • Crushed tomatoes:  you will need one 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (often called crushed tomatoes in puree). Take care your crushed tomatoes don’t have any additional seasonings or added salt.   The crushed tomatoes add texture and of course our full-bodied tomato flavor.  I recommend the brands San Marzano, Cento and Muir Glen.
  • Tomato sauce:  one 15 oz. can creates a richer sauce than using just broth, and along with the crushed tomatoes, gives the chili its signature tomato base flavor.
  • Soy sauce: two tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce grounds the chili with a depth of flavor.

HOW TO MAKE BEST CROCKPOT CHILI

This Crock Pot Chili is very simple to make in 4 easy steps.  After sautéing the meat and veggies, the chili is finished in the slow cooker – no extra time or skills required than that!

Step 1:  Brown Meat

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and sausage and cook until browned.  Transfer to 6- or 7-quart slow cooker.

showing how to make easy crockpot chili recipe by browning beef

Step 2:  Sauté Veggies

To the same skillet (don’t wipe out) add onions and bell peppers and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds.  Transfer to slow cooker.  Add all remaining Chili Ingredients and give them a stir.

showing how to make crock-pot chili recipe by sauteeing onions, bell peppers and garlic

Step 3:  Cook

Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours (recommended) or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Taste and add salt/pepper/cayenne pepper to taste. 

showing how to best crockpot chili recipe by stirring all the ingredients in the slow cooker

Can you put raw ground beef in a slow cooker?

Although it might be tempting to add raw beef and/or sausage to your crockpot, this is a big no-no.  I know cooking your ground beef on the stove before adding it to the slow cooker might diminish some of the “dump and run” allure of crockpot chili, but browning meat first is a MUST for two reasons: 

  • Safe meat temperature:  Ground beef must reach a safe temperature of 140 F in less than two hours (preferably much less), in the slow cooker.  If it takes longer than this, then it has lingered in the “danger zone” temperature for too long and grows unsafe bacteria.  Cooking the beef quickly in the skillet ensures this bacterium doesn’t have time or the environment to grow.
  • More complex flavor.   Like all meats, cooking ground beef in the skillet firsts develops more complex flavors (known as the maillard reaction) which cannot be achieved any other way.  It also prevents the meat from clumping up in the crockpot.  In addition, we use the skillet grease from the ground beef and hot sausage to cook the onions, bell peppers, and garlic which means even more flavor.
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How long does it take to cook chili in the slow cooker?

Like most soups, chili tastes better the longer it has time to cook low and slow, so I suggest cooking the chili on LOW instead of high.  This gives the flavors time to build and meld.  You can get away with cooking the crockpot chili on LOW for 4 hours, but 6-8 hours is really ideal, with 8 hours being optimal.  After 8 hours you can turn your chili to the warm setting if you are not ready to serve yet.

BEST CROCKPOT CHILI Recipe TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Sear beef.  For the best flavor, cook your beef in one batch and your Italian sausage in a second batch.  This allows you larger surface are for the beef/sausage to brown. 
  • Use both beef AND sausage. Adds a depth of flavor and texture.
  • Homemade chili seasonings.  The ingredient list may look like a lot of seasonings, but they take just minutes to throw into the Crockpot Chili and are my perfected spice blend for this quantity of chili.  You will never regret using homemade seasonings!
  • Season to taste. I have included quantities for all of the seasonings except the salt – this will depend on how salty your beef broth and soy sauce are as well as personal preference.  I would suggest starting with ¼ teaspoon salt, cook the chili then season to taste with additional salt as needed (I use ½ teaspoon total).  Remember, you can add more salt, but you can’t take it away!  
  • Large crockpot.  You will need at least a 6-quart slow cooker so your crockpot chili contents can fit comfortably.
  • Half recipe.  If you don’t have a large crockpot, you may half the recipe or cook in batches.
  • Stovetop chili.  Alternatively, you can simmer the chili, covered, on the stove for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally and replacing the lid. You will need to add additional beef broth as much more liquid is evaporated on the stove than the crockpot. 
  • Cook on low:  Chili is meant to cook low and slow for maximum flavor, ultra tender beef and the best marriage of flavors.  Plan on at least 6 hours. 
showing how to make crockpot chili recipe by stirring chili in the slow cooker
  • Thin chili.  After you’ve given your Crockpot Chili a good stir at the end of cooking and still want it a little thinner, you can thin with additional beef broth, stirring in ¼ cup increments until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Thick chili.  If you like extra thick chili, you can start with just ½ cup beef broth or omit it altogether.  If you would still like a thicker chili after cooking, then remove the lid of the slow cooker the last hour of cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  • No peeking. Don’t lift the lid of the slow cooker until you’re read to test the chili for doneness (or for the aforementioned last hour to thicken chili).  Lifting the lid releases moisture and heat, and slows down cooking process.   Plan on adding an additional 15 minutes to the cooking time every time you lift the lid.  
  • Spice up chili.  Add jalapenos, hot sauce, cayenne pepper or chipotle peppers to spice it up.  You may also want to use these as a garnish so everyone can customize their own chili.
  • Refrigerate overnight:  I always like to cook my chili the day before I serve it and then refrigerate it overnight.  This doesn’t mean I don’t love a bowl (or two or three) the day I make it, but it is even more intoxicating if allowed to sit overnight.  The Crockpot Chili becomes thicker and even more flavorful as the ingredients meld and build.  This also makes for a stress-free meal any night of the week.

What can I prep ahead?

Although this Crockpot Chili is fairly quick to prep, it still requires some chopping and stove time which can be done 100% in advance:

  • You may chop your veggies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container. 
  • You may also brown your beef ahead of time and store in an airtight container. 
  • You can combine the cooked veggies and browned meat with all the other chili ingredients in the crockpot insert, cover, and store in the refrigerator for up to two days before cooking. Add an additional 60 minutes to the cooking time.  Now all you have to do is plug in your slow cooker and push and press a couple buttons!

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE Slow cooker CHILI RECIPE

I love how versatile chili recipes are!  Here are just a few ways to customize this Crockpot Chili:

  • Swap beans.  Swap kidney beans for black beans to make black bean chili.
  • Add veggies.  Add sweet corn or whatever veggies your heart desires such as zucchini, poblanos, mushrooms, etc.
  • Swap protein.  Swap beef/sausage for ground turkey or chicken. You may want to add additional beef bouillon to taste (and then reduce salt). You can also swap the meat for sweet potatoes to make vegetarian chili.
  • Add heat.  Up the spice level by adding chipotle chili peppers, jalapenos or cayenne pepper to taste.
top view of two bowls of meaty crockpot chili recipe

WHAT DO YOU TOP Homemade CHILI WITH?

I can down this Crockpot Chili recipe without any toppings and it is FAB, but it is even more delectable with toppings!  A topping bar is also a great way for everyone to customize their chili. My personal favorite chili toppings are cheese, sour cream, Fritos and green onions, but I’ve given you a full rundown below:

  • Cheese:  Shredded Cheese is a best Crockpot Chili must!  You can use grated sharp cheddar, Mexican cheese, Monterrey, or Pepper Jack.  I personally prefer sharp cheddar with its contrasting bite.
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt:  A healthy dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt adds a depth of creaminess and rich tang.  It also cuts through the robust seasonings.
  • Fritos or Tortilla Chips:  Chips add the perfect contrasting crunch and if you haven’t tried Fritos yet, they will change your chili eating life.
  • Green Onions: Adding a tablespoon or so of chopped fresh green onions to your chili awakens the whole bowl with its fresh pop of flavor.
  • Cilantro: Because cilantro makes everything better!  It adds yet another layer of bright, fresh, Tex-Mex goodness.
  • Diced Tomatoes:  I love the contrast of fresh, juicy tomatoes in the warm, rich Crockpot Chili.
  • Avocado or Guacamole: If you love avocados, chili is a beautiful canvas for their contrasting creaminess.
  • Hot Sauce:  Completely customize the heat of your chili with as much or as little hot sauce as you like.

Crockpot Chili Recipe Variations

  • Chile con Carne.  Substitute the beef/sausage with chuck roast cut into 1-inch cubes.  Pat beef dry and sear in 1 tablespoon hot oil.  Add 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder and use a combination of pinto beans and kidney beans.
  • Turkey Chili: Substitute the beef/sausage with ground turkey.  Increase beef bouillon to 1 ½ tablespoons and salt to taste.
  • Three Bean Chili:  Prepare as directed except substitute the kidney beans with a combination of black, pinto and cannellini. 
  • Cincinnati Chili:  Prepare as directed except omit the oregano, and add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¾ teaspoon all spice, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves and 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce. Serve over warm spaghetti.
  • Sweet Potato-Bean:  Replace meat with 3 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes. You may also use vegetable broth for beef broth.
  • Mexican Chili:  Prepare as directed except substitute the green bell pepper with one poblano pepper, substitute the tomato sauce with enchilada sauce and reduce chili powder to 1 tablespoon. Stir in ½ cup chopped cilantro and 1-2 tablespoons lime juice at the end of cooking.  Add additional chili powder if needed.
a white bowl full of best crockpot chili recipe with a spoon taking a bite

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE CHILI WITH?

We LOVE our Crockpot Chili recipe with my favorite ever Moist Cornbread and a big green salad. Some people also love their chili over rice or pasta for some added texture.  If you wanted a full spread, chili is also wonderful with:

How can I use leftover homemade chili?

  • Baked Potatoes: the most popular uses of chili has to be baked potatoes and chili dogs.  Bake potatoes, slice them open and top with spoonfuls of chili, sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and bacon.  
  • Chili Dogs:  transform hot dogs into chili dogs by spooning on this crockpot chili recipe and topping with sharp cheddar cheese and optional jalapenos, red onions or green onions.
  • Chili Mac and cheese:  stir chili into your favorite mac and cheese recipe like this Salsa Verde Mac and Cheese or layer it in this Million Dollar Mac and Cheese.
  • Ramen: this might sound unconventional, but my husband’s favorite use of leftover chili is to stir it into ramen. The textures are a match made in heaven.
  • Rice or Mashed Potatoes:  Top rice or mashed potatoes with Crockpot Chili.  Top with desired toppings.
  • Chili Nachos:  Top your favorite cheesy chips with this Slow Cooker Chili recipe with all the toppings – sour cream, green onions, jalapenos, etc.
  • Cornbread and Chili Gravy:  Smother your favorite cornbread with chili and dig in!

HOW LONG IS CHILI GOOD FOR?

Homemade chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.  If you don’t think you’re going to finish your chili in four days, then be sure to freeze the leftovers.

HOW TO FREEZE CROCKPOT CHILI

Crockpot Chili freezes exceptionally well because it does not contain any dairy products, pasta or potatoes which sometimes can become a funny texture once frozen. This chili makes a large quantity so you may need to freeze some leftovers (although there are never any in our house).

To freeze chili before cooking:

  • Brown meat and sauté veggies according to recipe directions in a large Dutch oven (as opposed to a skillet).
  • Add all remaining chili recipe ingredients and give it a good stir to combine.
  • Divide chili into freezer friendly plastic containers or freezer bags. Squeeze out any air.
  • Label and date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  Lay freezer bags flat to safe space.
  • Let frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Transfer contents to crockpot and cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.

to freeze leftover crockpot chili:

  • Let chili cool completely.  If you have a full recipe of Crockpot Chili, you will want to divide it into multiple containers so it can cool down more quickly, otherwise it will stay at the danger zone for too long.
  • Divide chili into freezer friendly plastic containers or freezer bags. Squeeze out any air.
  • Label and date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  Lay freezer bags flat to safe space.
  • Let frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Transfer contents into a soup pot, microwave safe dish or crock pot to reheat.  To reheat in the crockpot, cook on low for 1-2 hours depending on leftover volume.

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Crockpot Chili

This Crockpot Chili recipe is mega hearty, packed with flavor and can’t-stop-eating delicious. It’s made with a combination of lean ground beef, hot Italian sausage, kidney beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic and robust seasonings that slow cook all day as it fills your home with the tantalizing aroma of the BEST Crockpot Chili! Or more accurately, best chili – period. Top your easy Crockpot Chili with all your favorite toppings – cheese, sour cream, corn chips, green onions and just try and stop at one bowl. This Crockpot Chili recipe makes fantastic leftovers (it’s even better the next day) so it’s fabulous for make ahead meals and crowds and it also freezes beautifully for an instant dinner any night of the week.
Servings: 10 -12
Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs

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Ingredients

Toppings (your favs!)

  • cheese
  • green onions
  • cilantro
  • Avocados/guacamole
  • crackers
  • chips
  • Sour cream/Greek yogurt
  • amazing with my Sweet Cornbread!

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and sausage and cook until browned. Transfer to 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.
  • To the same skillet (don’t wipe out) add onions and bell peppers and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Transfer to slow cooker. Add all remaining Chili Ingredients to the slow cooker and give them a stir.
  • Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours (recommended) or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. Taste and add salt/pepper/cayenne pepper to taste. Serve with desired toppings such as cheese, sour cream, green onions, corn/tortilla chips, etc.

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Don’t miss the “how to make” recipe video at the top of the post!

BEST CROCKPOT CHILI TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Sear beef.  For the best flavor, cook your beef in one batch and your Italian sausage in a second batch.  This allows you larger surface are for the beef/sausage to brown. 
  • Use both beef AND sausage. Adds a depth of flavor and texture.
  • Homemade chili seasonings.  The ingredient list may look like a lot of seasonings, but they take just minutes to throw into the Crockpot Chili and are my perfected spice blend for this quantity of chili.  You will never regret using homemade seasonings!
  • Season to taste. I have included quantities for all of the seasonings except the salt – this will depend on how salty your beef broth and soy sauce are as well as personal preference.  I would suggest starting with ¼ teaspoon salt, cook the chili then season to taste with additional salt as needed (I use ½ teaspoon total).  Remember, you can add more salt, but you can’t take it away!  
  • Large crockpot.  You will need at least a 6-quart slow cooker so your crockpot chili contents can fit comfortably.
  • Half recipe.  If you don’t have a large crockpot, you may half the recipe or cook in batches.
  • Stovetop chili.  Alternatively, you can simmer the chili, covered, on the stove for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally and replacing the lid. You will need to add additional beef broth as much more liquid is evaporated on the stove than the crockpot. 
  • Cook on low:  Chili is meant to cook low and slow for maximum flavor, ultra tender beef and the best marriage of flavors.  Plan on at least 6 hours. 
  • Thin chili.  After you’ve given your Crockpot Chili a good stir at the end of cooking and still want it a little thinner, you can thin with additional beef broth, stirring in ¼ cup increments until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Thick chili.  If you like extra thick chili, you can start with just ½ cup beef broth or omit it altogether.  If you would still like a thicker chili after cooking, then remove the lid of the slow cooker the last hour of cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  • No peeking. Don’t lift the lid of the slow cooker until you’re read to test the chili for doneness (or for the aforementioned last hour to thicken chili).  Lifting the lid releases moisture and heat, and slows down cooking process.   Plan on adding an additional 15 minutes to the cooking time every time you lift the lid.  
  • Spice up chili.  Add jalapenos, hot sauce, cayenne pepper or chipotle peppers to spice it up.  You may also want to use these as a garnish so everyone can customize their own chili.
  • Refrigerate overnight:  I always like to cook my chili the day before I serve it and then refrigerate it overnight.  This doesn’t mean I don’t love a bowl (or two or three) the day I make it, but it is even more intoxicating if allowed to sit overnight.  The Crockpot Chili becomes thicker and even more flavorful as the ingredients meld and build.  This also makes for a stress-free meal any night of the week.

Prep ahead Crockpot Chili

Although this Crockpot Chili is fairly quick to prep, it still requires some chopping and stove time which can be done 100% in advance:
  • You may chop your veggies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container. 
  • You may also brown your beef ahead of time and store in an airtight container. 
  • You can combine the cooked veggies and browned meat with all the other chili ingredients in the crockpot insert, cover, and store in the refrigerator for up to two days before cooking. Add an additional 60 minutes to the cooking time.  Now all you have to do is plug in your slow cooker and push and press a couple buttons!

How to use leftover chili

  • Baked Potatoes: the most popular uses of chili has to be baked potatoes and chili dogs.  Bake potatoes, slice them open and top with spoonfuls of chili, sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions and bacon.  
  • Chili Dogs:  transform hot dogs into chili dogs by spooning on this crockpot chili recipe and topping with sharp cheddar cheese and optional jalapenos, red onions or green onions.
  • Chili Mac and cheese:  stir chili into your favorite mac and cheese recipe like this Salsa Verde Mac and Cheese or layer it in this Million Dollar Mac and Cheese.
  • Ramen: this might sound unconventional, but my husband’s favorite use of leftover chili is to stir it into ramen. The textures are a match made in heaven.
  • Rice or Mashed Potatoes:  Top rice or mashed potatoes with Crockpot Chili.  Top with desired toppings.
  • Chili Nachos:  Top your favorite cheesy chips with this Slow Cooker Chili recipe with all the toppings – sour cream, green onions, jalapenos, etc.
  • Cornbread and Chili Gravy:  Smother your favorite cornbread with chili and dig in!

HOW TO FREEZE CROCKPOT CHILI

Crockpot Chili freezes exceptionally well because it does not contain any dairy products, pasta or potatoes which sometimes can become a funny texture once frozen. This chili makes a large quantity so you may need to freeze some leftovers (although there are never any in our house).

To freeze chili before cooking:

  • Brown meat and sauté veggies according to recipe directions in a large Dutch oven (as opposed to a skillet).
  • Add all remaining chili recipe ingredients and give it a good stir to combine.
  • Divide chili into freezer friendly plastic containers or freezer bags. Squeeze out any air.
  • Label and date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  Lay freezer bags flat to safe space.
  • Let frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Transfer contents to crockpot and cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.

to freeze leftover crockpot chili:

  • Let chili cool completely.  If you have a full recipe of Crockpot Chili, you will want to divide it into multiple containers so it can cool down more quickly, otherwise it will stay at the danger zone for too long.
  • Divide chili into freezer friendly plastic containers or freezer bags. Squeeze out any air.
  • Label and date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.  Lay freezer bags flat to safe space.
  • Let frozen chili thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Transfer contents into a soup pot, microwave safe dish or crock pot to reheat.  To reheat in the crockpot, cook on low for 1-2 hours depending on leftover volume.
 

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  1. Amanda says

    This was the best chili recipe I’ve ever made! Definitely a family favorite, I didn’t have a second can of fire roasted tomatoes so i used a can of rotel I had on hand, but followed everything else, turned out fantastic. I come to your blog every week to find new recipes to try and they are always sooo good!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jen says

      Yess! Thank you for the ultimate compliment Amanda, I’m honored it was the best chili you’ve ever made! Thank you also for your kind words, I love hearing you’re enjoying my recipes!

  2. Kellie S. says

    This has been my favorite Chili recipe that I have ever tried !!! I also have to say that I use your flour tortilla recipe too it never fails me thanks!!

    • Jen says

      I am so happy to hear this is your new favorite chili recipe, thanks so much Kellie!

  3. Kathy Ford says

    This has became my family’s favorite chili. Although is there a nutritional chart for this recipe. I have to count my calories and all that stuff and don’t know what it is.

  4. Clare N. says

    I absolutely love this chili! But I do tweak a few things just because my father in law and I love a spicy chili haha. I use poblano peppers instead of green and I throw in 1-2 jalapeños chopped up as well! I also use 2 cans of kidney beans because my husband doesn’t like them that much. I have it in the crockpot cooking now and I think today I threw in a bit of hot paprika on. Smells so spicy and good so far!

    • Jen says

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Clare! I love that you like things spicy! Your additions sound fabulous – I’m sure my husband would adore your spiced up version!

  5. Cameron says

    I tell you what…every single recipe I’ve tried here is amazing. I made this tonight with the cornbread and *chefs kiss*. So good. Never thought to use sausage! Will be making this time and time again. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for making my day Cameron! I’m honored you’ve loved all my recipes so far including this chili!

  6. Jen Sammeroff says

    I can’t wait to make this! Whenever I’m looking for a new recipe to try, you are my first stop! Your food is consistently delicious and always crowd pleasers!

    • Jen says

      Thanks for making my day and my recipes Jen! I hope this chili is another hit!

  7. Janie says

    My sister and I cook all your recipes, but this one is for sure in my top 5.

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that Janie, thank you so much!

  8. Eksa says

    I am making a day ahead. Do I cook the meat first. Then chop the veggies but not cook them before I put in the fridge for the next day?

    • Jen says

      I would sauté the veggies, combine everything, so all you have to do is cook the next day.

  9. Cathy Lynn says

    One of reviews mentioned your insights using “Better than Bouillon”. Please advise as I can’t find your insights. You got me hooked on Knorr tomato bouillon. Any thoughts on adding this to chili? Need to remove another spice?

    Your Recipes are The Best!

    • Jen says

      Hi Cathy, I think tomato bouillon would be delicious! I would swap it evenly with the 1 TBS beef bouillon. If you use Better Than Bouillon, then use 1 TBS in place of the beef bouillon. Enjoy!

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