Slow Cooker Recipe: Crock-Pot Chili

It’s time to start this fun series up again! This week’s slow cooker recipe is from Brett at Mama Loves Her Bargains that is sure to warm you on a cold night. Chili is one of Brett’s favorite dishes to make when the weather gets cooler. This is more or less the chili her mom made although some things have changed a bit over the years.

Crock Pot Chili


  • 1 lb ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1lb sweet Italian sausage (if you like more heat, use hot!)
  • 1 15oz can dark red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed
  • 2 large cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • Chili seasoning to taste
  • Hot peppers- to taste
  • 3 bell peppers and 1 medium red onion, sauteed to soften


  1. Brown the ground meat and the sausage in a pan. Once browned, put meats into crock pot, and return pan to stove.
  2. Chop the onion and pepper as small or large as you’d like it (I like to mince them) and saute in oil or butter (or the grease from the meat). Once the veggies are softened, add to crock pot with the meat.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Serve with grated cheese, tortilla chips or corn bread/muffins!

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


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34 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Recipe: Crock-Pot Chili

  1. loho67

    Your chili recipe looks really yummy!  I have never used turkey instead of ground beef, but I’ll have to give it a try.  I LOVE the idea of using a slow cooker – perfect way to keep it at the perfect temp at a family get-together!  Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Jane Ritz

    I love your recipe. It’s almost like mine. I have to make a few modifications for my ulcer, but it’s still yummy. Aren’t chili recipes THE BEST on cold winter days!

  3. lisa

    Chili is always good the hotter the better! Especially as cold as it’s been lately. A blanket,a fire, and a cup of chili sounds great.

  4. BillElliott1

    We use our crock-pot all the time and this looks like a great recipe to try in it. Looks excellent and not to hard to make. Thanks for the recipe.


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