Game Day Crockpot Chili

The last thing I want to do Super Bowl Sunday is stand in the kitchen and cook and I’m pretty sure you feel the same way even if you aren’t watching football!  I want to share with you my go-to crockpot chili recipe that you will love so much you won’t even care who wins!  Okay, that last part may not be true (wink), but I can guarantee that you will be celebrating come food time when all you have to do is scoop out some hot, spicy goodness to your family and friends.  If you’re hosting, you may want to double the recipe.  If you’re a guest, you may want to make it in a travel crockpot.  Either way, it’s a winner! I started tinkering with this recipe about the time I first met my husband.  Before we had our son, weekends were filled with football games and I wanted an easy go-to recipe that I didn’t have to think about and that turned out great every time.  Check out the recipe below along with a few healthful notes along the way:

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Game Day Crockpot Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3-4 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  • large white cooking onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled & diced
  • 1 lb. local grass fed beef
  • 2- 16 oz. cans chili beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1- 16 oz. can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1- 16 oz. can Bush’s Chili Beans with Mild Sauce (optional)
  • 1 quart size jar canned tomatoes or 2- 16 oz. cans diced tomatoes, partially drained
  • 2- 10 oz. cans of tomatoes with chiles
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp Homemade Taco/Chili Seasoning  (see recipe below)

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in skillet on the stove.  When the oil has warmed, add the diced onion and the diced garlic.  Cook until fragrant and starting to turn translucent.
  2. Add beef and break apart with a wooden spoon, mixing together with onion and garlic.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add basil and oregano and stir frequently until meat is browned through.
  5. Transfer meat mixture to crockpot.
  6. Turn crockpot on HIGH.
  7. Add all remaining ingredients.  Make sure to drain and rinse the unseasoned chili beans and the kidney beans.  If adding the Bush’s Chili Beans with sauce, do not drain this can.
  8. Mix everything together and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 7-8 hours, stirring frequently throughout cooking time.
  9. Serve over brown rice and top with raw cheddar cheese.

Notes:

  • When I am making this for regular family dinner I will double the recipe and freeze half of it in ziploc bags to use on a busy night in the future.
  • Use brown rice instead of white rice.  Brown rice promotes good digestion, balances blood sugar and helps to control mood swings whereas white rice does the opposite.
  • I soak my rice overnight to increase its digestibility.  This also helps speed up cooking time.
  • If you are in a time crunch, the organic frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s is a great alternative since its already cooked and literally takes minutes to warm up.
  • If you are skipping dairy, nutritional yeast is delicious sprinkled on top.

Getting ready to add the chili beans to the meat mixture.

Adding some homemade canned tomatoes to the mixture!  No worries if you don't have canned, just replace with two 16 oz. store bought cans of tomatoes.  ;)

I love this taco and chili seasoning!  YUM!

Homemade Taco and Chili Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. black pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix everything in a bowl and then store in an airtight container.

Notes:

  • Use 1.5 tbsp. of seasoning for every 1 pound of meat.  Taste and then add more if needed.
  • If younger children will be eating food with this seasoning make mixture using 3 tbsp. chili powder instead of 4 tbsp.
  • I have given this mixture in a cute glass jar with a twine ribbon as a hostess gift before instead of the traditional bottle of wine.
  • To save time, triple this recipe before storing.  It will stay fresh for about a year in an airtight container.

My family loves this chili with a huge platter of fresh, raw veggies that we munch on throughout the entire game.  So whether you’re watching the game for the win, the commercials or the halftime show, everyone will agree that a bowl full of chili in the belly makes it a win-win for everyone!  Enjoy!

Until next time, Be Well.