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Best Crock Pot Chili Con Carne Recipe

Updated on February 9, 2013

Easy Chili Recipe

My Search for the Best Chili Recipe

I am a huge fan of chili and collect chili con carne recipes as a result. I came up with a great combination of flavors by experimenting with several easy chili con carne recipes. Here is a crock pot chili recipe that I believe is the best chili you will ever eat. (Or scarf down is a better description- really!)

Some Chili Trivia

Just a bit of chili trivia first, though. Chili is not an original Mexican recipe, as many believe. As a matter of fact, most areas of Mexico still don't eat chili, except where tourists gather, of course. No one knows for sure where the first bowl of chili was served, but it is thought to be of Spanish origin. The first chili recipes in the United States have been found in Texas. I don't think that comes as a surprise. :)

What is the difference between chili and chili con carne recipes? Con Carne simple means with meat. Okay, so off we go to learn how to make the best chili con carne recipe in the world.

Additional Information for My Chili Con Carne Recipe

A couple of things to note about this chili con carne recipe. First, it is a very easy chili recipe. Anyone can learn how to make chili. Second, this recipe for chili uses easily found ingredients that most people already have in their pantries. Third, it is CHEAP to make!

This crock pot chili recipe can actually be made two ways- in the slow cooker (recommended), or on the stove if you just can't wait to eat. And this piece of advice goes for all chili recipes- if you don't like an ingredient, skip it. It is really easy to learn how to make chili. However, you can't omit the basic ingredients for chili recipes- which are some sort of tomato base and chili powder or chili peppers.

And this particular chili con carne recipe has some interesting ingredients. Please try this easy chili recipe with them first before discounting them. Believe me, I was hesitant to use them as well, but they add a richness to the chili recipe that you will definitely miss if you don't use them in your chili. They are what make this the best chili recipe ever. What are the secret ingredients for this chili con carne recipe? Cocoa and Coke. Yep, you read it correctly. Diet Coke can be substituted with no altering of flavor.

Ingredients for Easy Chili Con Carne Recipe for 6-8 People

  • 1 pound ground beef or beef stew meat

    1 envelope dry onion soup mix

    1-2 tablespoons chili powder, according to preference

    2 teaspoons cumin

    2 teaspoons dry cocoa

    1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

    2 cloves chopped garlic

    1 cup chunky salsa

    1- 6 oz. can tomato paste

    1- 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

    1 can Coke or Diet Coke

    1-2 cans of kidney beans or black beans, according to preference (optional)

How to Make the Best Chili Recipe Ever

Brown ground beef first. Drain well and add to slow cooker. Add the rest of ingredients. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

An alternative way to make this chili con carne recipe is to brown the ground beef and drain. Add to a large pot. Add all of the rest of the ingredients. Stir. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking.

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Additional Crock Pot Chili Recipe Tips

This easy chili recipe is great topped with sour cream and shredded Cheddar cheese. Some people like to pour chili over rice. Chili is also good as a topping on baked potatoes.

Some suggested side dishes would be cornbread or polenta and a salad. And chili paired with a peanut butter sandwich can't be beat. Dip that peanut butter sandwich right into the chili. MMM.

Try this chili the next day for even better flavor. This chili con carne recipe freezes extremely well if you leave out the beans. The beans have a mushy texture if you thaw and reheat them.

Also, if you like your chili recipes really thick, leave out the can of diced tomatoes.

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      charlie minn 

      5 years ago

      Are you crazy? Diet Coke contains aspartame. Chemicals. A well known neurotoxin.. Quite bizarre yo can't use natural ingridients.

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      8 years ago

      I just made this today and it is the best chili I have ever made. It is so rich and delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

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      Nikki May | Hire Writer 

      8 years ago

      I just thought I will come back and say thanks for this recipe. It's now one of my favorite chili con carne recipes - It's fantastic!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Sounds good. Never heard of dipping a peanut butter sandwich into chili! That is a first for me. :-)

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      8 years ago

      I have made it twice so far! Thanks for posting!

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      Pat Kramer 

      8 years ago

      Hey Angela:

      It's raining and a perfect day for making this recipe. I am off to the store to get the ingredients now~ Thanks for the idea!

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      saint nick 

      8 years ago

      I don't know how to cook well and this is the first chili I've ever made...and I never write on message boards. But this was so easy and so good, I just had to say something. I've made it a number of times. Thanks for posting this recipe.

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      Bendy's Ideas 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can't wait to try it.

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      10 years ago from SATURN

      I live in Texas, and us Texans lovvvve our chili. Thank you for this, i will subscribe to your fan club and see the other recipes you have. Cheers.

      Thumbs up on this one.

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      Chef Jeff 

      10 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      When I was stationed in California I worked at the A.F. hospital. we entered the Rosamond chili cookoff and our publicity photo had us spoon-feeding an anatomical skeleton a big ladle of our chili. We didn't win any prizes for the chili, but I learned a lot of great things about "real" chili at that event!

      I like the hub and feel like chili tonight!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I will save this recipe for the fall. Chili Con Carne is one of my faves. Thanks for sharing Angela.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Diana Harvey 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Angela this sounds amazing. As we are in the throws of winter I will pass this on to my cook immediately and who knows maybe he will dish it up to me this evening.

      Thank you Diana

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      Dusty Spirit 

      10 years ago

      Oh wow, this sounds wonderful! I might have to wait a couple of months though, I think we topped a hundred or pretty close here in Kansas today.

      thanks Cyndee

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      10 years ago from TAMPA,FLORIDA



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