Let’s be honest, I think everyone loves the fall season- hay rides, crockpot meals, and reasons to enjoy our favorite holiday treats. When you ignore the fact that winter is two weeks away, seasonal allergies and depression- it’s practically the 2nd best time of the year. But back to the reason why we’re here- this chili recipe!
Chili was a lifesaver through the winter months in undergrad. I could make a crockpot filled to the top and my friends and I would have dinner until Wednesday. Along the way, I’ve experimented with different techniques to create a recipe perfect for me- lots of meat and not too thick. I’m positive that you will love this recipe whether you’re making weeknight dinner or entering the office’s chili cook-off (I’d like my share of the winnings if we will!)
Have leftover chili, freeze it! I usually never let food go to waste- if I think I can freeze it for a rainy day or the week’s between pay periods, I’ll find a way! To freeze your leftover chili, I would suggest allowing the chili to chill immediately to prevent the buildup and ensure lasting shelf life.
Fall-friendly Crockpot Chili
- 8 ounces Bacon chopped
- 2 pounds Ground Beef
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Onion medium, chopped
- 1 Red Pepper diced
- 1 Green Pepper diced
- 30 ounces Pinto Beans drained and rinsed
- 15 ounces Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
- 28 ounces Diced Tomatoes
- 3 ounces Tomato Paste
- 10 ounces Beef Broth
- 3 to 5 dashes Hot Sauce just for flavor, you know?
- 3 tsp Chili Powder
- 2 tsp Cumin
- 2 tsp Paprika
- 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar substitute for white sugar
- 8 to 10 ounces Tomato Sauce
- Preheat an oiled, medium pan over medium heat. Once the pan has warmed, add chopped bacon and cook until brown and fat has rendered.
- Remove bacon from the pan while leaving rendered bacon fat for the rest of the cooking process. I would suggest adding any cooked ingredients to the crockpot to avoid soiling many dishes.
- Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper to your liking and cook until brown. Break up all clumps of ground beef while cooking. Once the meat is browned, set aside in crockpot.
- Add diced onions, garlic, and peppers to the same pan used to cook the meats and sautee until they are softened. Add to the crockpot once finished sauteeing.
- Add the remaining ingredients into the crockpot with cooked Beef and bacon. Cover with lid and cook on medium or low heat for up to 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Be sure to stir along the cooking process.