I love making chili in the fall. I especially love it on a weeknight, when it’s done when I get home, or on a Sunday where we can enjoy it after a day of watching football (and hopefully watching the KC Chiefs win!). Chili is super easy to make, reheats really well and is so easy to customize to your own liking. Like honestly, you probably don’t even need a recipe to follow to make your own favorite chili!
This is the base for all the chili I make. Sometimes I will leave something out, sometimes I’ll add something more to the mix. It really depends on my mood and what I have in my pantry. I also like to serve my chili alongside cinnamon rolls. If you’re not from the Midwest, you might think that’s weird, but it’s delicious. They used to serve it as school lunch in Nebraska, and my favorite fast food place, Runza, always serves their chili with cinnamon rolls. It’s a perfectly sweet side to balance out the spicy, meaty chili. Give it a try next time!
Easy Crockpot Chili
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can dark red kidney beans
- 1 can light red kidney beans
- 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 bottle your favorite beer
- 2 T chili powder
- 2 t. ground cumin
- 1/2 t. cayenne pepper
- 1 t. salt
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- Put the olive oil in a hot pan and heat it up. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant. Finally, add the ground beef and cook until it’s a nice, dark brown color.
- Pour the ground beef mixture into a slow cooker.
- Drain and rinse both cans of kidney beans and add those.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and give it a big stir.
- Cook on low 8 hours
- Serve with your favorite chili toppings like cheese, diced onion, sour cream, avocado, hot sauce or soup crackers.
Some variations: add a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce; play around with the seasonings; use pork or brisket instead of ground beef – or add all three; use different beans like black beans or Great Northern
I really hope you make and enjoy this recipe! It’s one of my favorites, and sometimes can’t even wait for the weather to cool down to make it!