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Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Updated on July 26, 2012
Slow Cooker Chili
Slow Cooker Chili | Source

I LOVE chili. There's no other way to say it! I've tried many kinds of chili, and I like it just about any way you can prepare it.

The only problem I have with chili is that it takes a long time to prepare. Although most of that time is waiting while it simmers on the stove, it still makes it a hard meal to prepare on a busy weeknight!

This recipe is an excellent remedy for that issue, because it is made in the crock pot! Using stew meat instead of ground beef means the meat is still hearty after a day's cooking time. Read ahead for this great and easy recipe, as well as a brief history of chili.

Did you know?

Chili has been the official state food of Texas since 1977!

Chili History Fun Facts

Although it is often mistakenly attributed to Mexico, chili actually originates from Texas! In the early 18th Century, a group of people emigrated from the Canary Islands to what is now the city of San Antonio. They formed the first government in the Spanish province of Texas, and the women made a spicy form of stew that is similar to today's chili.

In the mid 1800s, cowboys traveling around Texas and into California needed a way to have a hot meal that could travel. They invented a sort of stew that included dried ground beef, salt, pepper, chili peppers, and fat. They pounded it into rectangles which could be rehydrated easily with water.

Chili was also known as an inexpensive food served to prisoners. Historians believe that prisoners often judged jails in Texas by the quality of their chili! Former inmates even wrote to the prisons asking for their recipes!

In the late 1800s, the city of San Antonio was home to the famous "Chili Queens". The Chili Queens sold a stew similar to today's chili at the Military Plaza Mercado. They made the chili at home and brought it in chili wagons to sell to cowboys and visitors. The Chili Queens sold their chili at night, reheated over fires. They were eventually shut down due to health standards. Now the "Return of the Chili Queens Festival" is held in San Antonio every year to commemorate them.

Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 5 hours
Ready in: 5 hours 10 min
Yields: Serves six to eight.
Ingredients for slow cooker chili
Ingredients for slow cooker chili | Source
Top with shredded cheese and sour cream
Top with shredded cheese and sour cream | Source

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs stew meat
  • 16 oz. medium salsa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 8 oz spaghetti

Instructions

  1. Cut the stew meat into bite-sized pieces (approximately 1" cubes)
  2. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Mix well.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. When the chili is nearly ready, cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  5. Serve chili over spaghetti.
  6. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream, if desired.
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Combine all ingredients into a slow cookerCook spaghetti according to package directions.First put spaghetti into a bowl.Then put chili on topTop with cheese and sour cream!
Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker
Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker | Source
Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. | Source
First put spaghetti into a bowl.
First put spaghetti into a bowl. | Source
Then put chili on top
Then put chili on top | Source
Top with cheese and sour cream!
Top with cheese and sour cream! | Source

What do you think?

4 stars from 1 rating of Crock Pot Chili

Did you know?

There is an International Chili Society! They provide the rules for official chili cook-offs around the world! Their cook-offs benefit charities or nonprofit organizations. Check them out, and follow their blog here!

Variations on Slow Cooker Chili

There are many ways to add variety to this slow cooker chili recipe!

  • Instead of salsa, try picante sauce! Or make your own salsa instead of using store-bought.
  • Use ground beef instead of stew meat.
  • Serve over different types of pasta, such as macaroni (for a traditional chili) or serve over rotini or penne for a fancier dish!
  • If you don't like a lot of heat, try using only one tablespoon of chili powder or a mild salsa.
  • If you like it spicy, add some chopped jalapenos!
  • Instead of pasta, serve over corn chips for a Mexican flavor.

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    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Peg! This is my husband's favorite recipe, and I'm lucky that it is so easy! If you try it, please come back and post a comment!

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I love the idea of cooking the chili in the slow cooker or crock pot. That makes a quick, hearty meal to come home to after a long day at work or away from the house. You made the recipe more interesting with your history and fun facts of how this meal originated and explained the recipe in simple, easy-to-follow terms. Thanks!

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks Mmargie! It is yummy and SO easy!

    • Mmargie1966 profile image

      Mmargie1966 

      6 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      YUM! It looks scrumptious! I loved the fun facts!

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Marcy - I learned that while researching chili history! It is one of my favorite foods, and it comes right from Texas. This recipe is super easy, and using stew meat instead of ground beef really enhances the flavor. Let me know how you like it!

    • Amy Gillie profile imageAUTHOR

      Amy Gillie 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Nettlemere - there's something about that salty crunch with chili that is so good. We often serve chili with saltine crackers or oyster crackers on the side, which is similar.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      Chili is one of the state dishes where I live - we even have cook-offs and deadly competitions. I have made it in the crockpot, too, and it is so great to come home to that rich fragrance! I'll give your recipe a try - I'm always looking for a better way to do things!

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      Nettlemere 

      6 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      This sounds tasty, a friend who used to make good chilli introduced me to the idea of chilli with crisps/potato chips on top and I was surprised how nice that combination is.

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