Slow Cooker Homemade Chili

Last week, with the onset of Fall, I just had to make some Homemade Chili in the slow cooker. Apparently my camera liked it too, because it ate some of the pictures :) I apologize that some of the photos are missing, especially the one featuring all of the cans in a beautiful pyramid. I’ll have to take another one, when I make another batch later in October :) For now, here are the surviving photos, ingredients, and how I made it.

First, I chop my Onion, Garlic, Mushrooms, and Jalapeno, and add them to a saute pan to cook. Feel free to add a dab of butter to get them going. I saute them until the onions are clear.

Meanwhile, I am browning the ground beef and sausage in another skillet. I crumble them together, and when they are done, you can’t tell what’s what.

While that’s all cooking, I add ALL of the cans into my slow cooker. I have a large slow cooker (for those who asked, it’s a Hamilton Beach Stay or Go 6 Qt, I included a link to it here and at the bottom of the post. I’ve had it for several years, it was a Christmas Gift), and this fills it to the brim. The best thing about this, is you can tweak it to your preferences. Like it thicker, use larger cans of paste (I use the small ones) or add an extra small can. Likewise, you can omit one of the cans of sauce if it’s too much. Same with the beans. I use two of each, but you could just as easily reduce or increase that number, according to your preferences.

Sorry it’s so blurry!

The first night I serve it, we’ll usually eat it straight, sometimes over rice, with chili on top, and maybe some cornbread. A day or so later, we’ll have Chili Dogs for dinner :) Because this makes so much, I freeze the leftovers in my Rubbermaid Containers, and I can usually get 2 additional meals out of it. During the fall/winter, we typically have this twice a month, so it’s pretty economical when you consider I get 4 dinners for 5 people out of each batch!

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Slowcooker Chili
Recipe type: Main
  • One Medium Onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage (we prefer maple)
  • 2 cans Chili Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cans Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cans Tomato Paste (basil, oregano preferred)
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 2 cans light kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans dark kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can Rotel
  • Dash of Worcestershire Sauce


25 Comments to "Slow Cooker Homemade Chili"

  1. Lisa Brown's Gravatar Lisa Brown
    September 30, 2012 - 3:36 pm | Permalink

    I like making stew

  2. adrienne warren's Gravatar adrienne warren
    October 1, 2012 - 1:34 am | Permalink my new favorite, french beans with smoked sausage.

  3. Nena Sinclair's Gravatar Nena Sinclair
    October 1, 2012 - 2:14 am | Permalink

    Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is the best!

  4. Karen H in NC's Gravatar Karen H in NC
    October 1, 2012 - 5:39 am | Permalink

    Unfortunately, I don’t have a slow cooker

  5. Mya Murphy's Gravatar Mya Murphy
    October 1, 2012 - 1:12 pm | Permalink

    I love my homemade mexican chicken…

  6. October 1, 2012 - 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I like to make chili in the fall too

  7. Ellen's Gravatar Ellen
    October 1, 2012 - 2:31 pm | Permalink

    The most advanced I get is plain chicken with some water and butter!

  8. jamie tucker's Gravatar jamie tucker
    October 1, 2012 - 9:55 pm | Permalink
  9. October 2, 2012 - 1:46 am | Permalink

    I rarely use a slow cooker so what I usually do make is a soup base like stew or veggie soup

  10. October 2, 2012 - 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Ironically exactly what I made for supper today!

  11. Tiffany Kinney's Gravatar Tiffany Kinney
    October 3, 2012 - 4:32 am | Permalink

    i love chilli!

    October 3, 2012 - 7:48 am | Permalink

    I just love a good, old fashioned beef stew…no recipe, just throw in whatever you have !

  13. angie's Gravatar angie
    October 3, 2012 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    Tortilla Soup is our fav on a cold day!

  14. rebeka deleon's Gravatar rebeka deleon
    October 3, 2012 - 12:55 pm | Permalink
  15. Stephanie Phelps's Gravatar Stephanie Phelps
    October 3, 2012 - 8:06 pm | Permalink

    I like to make chili and have not found a recipe we all love yet but the one you have hear sounds delicious

  16. Bee C.'s Gravatar Bee C.
    October 4, 2012 - 8:59 am | Permalink

    I don’t have a favorite right now, but there is a recipe for apple sauce on pinterest that I’d like to try!

  17. Alicia K's Gravatar Alicia K
    October 4, 2012 - 9:37 am | Permalink

    dont have a slow cooker but i love chili

  18. desiree's Gravatar desiree
    October 4, 2012 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    that look great wish i could eat it

  19. Em Sands's Gravatar Em Sands
    October 4, 2012 - 7:28 pm | Permalink
  20. Rich Hicks's Gravatar Rich Hicks
    October 7, 2012 - 9:04 am | Permalink

    All Day Crockpot Chicken is a favorite at our house and delicious!

  21. October 7, 2012 - 11:27 am | Permalink

    My vegan crockpot chili…made some today actually! LOL
    Vegan Crockpot Chili

    1 10.75oz can tomato soup
    1 6oz tomato paste
    4 15oz cans tomato sauce
    2 15oz cans kidney beans (one light one dark or can use black beans or any combo)
    1 12oz package of fake meat crumbles (I prefer Lightlife Smart Ground brand)
    chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper to taste…and if its too acidic add some sugar, too sweet add some salt

    Place all ingredients in a crockpot and cook until boiling and seasoned to y our liking! Can cook all day on low or for a few hours on high.

  22. Debbie ritenour's Gravatar Debbie ritenour
    October 7, 2012 - 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Any kind of soup is a hit for the fall time but I am doing apple sauce right now! I found alot of recipes for cassarole thats goes in the slow cooker and I want to try it this fall!

  23. Sarah L's Gravatar Sarah L
    November 12, 2012 - 1:27 am | Permalink

    This recipe looks very good to me. Brown, toss together, simmer and poof! there’s dinner for 20.

  24. Lori Thomas's Gravatar Lori Thomas
    March 9, 2013 - 4:46 am | Permalink

    We love Chili, have it a few times a month during the winter season

  25. michelle oakley warner's Gravatar michelle oakley warner
    March 13, 2013 - 8:45 pm | Permalink

    my kids would so love this

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