Slow Cooker Chili + Crock-Pot GIVEAWAY!

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

I’m now calling this “victory chili”, because when I made it a few days ago for the Royals’ big wild card game, they freaking won and earned their way to the play-offs for the first time in 29 years!!!

Oh my goodness.  People reading this post years from now will probably have no idea what I’m talking about.  But this game was epic.  Or as my dad called it, “the best game he had ever seen”.  I think the entire city stayed up until midnight for the nailbiter of an ending, and you could literally hear cheering in the streets every step of the way.  It was crazy!  So crazy!  And so awesome.

I spent the night cheering them on with about 30 neighbors for a Royals-edition of our weekly #neighbornights.  And my contribution for the evening was a slow cooker full of delicious, classic chili.  I recently confessed that I’m not a big fan of ground beef.  But I know that all of my other neighbors seem to love it, so I took one for the team with this one.  (Although if you’re in my court, you can easily substitute ground turkey or even chicken.)  They all totally gave it a big thumbs up.  So since the Royals’ next playoff game is tomorrow night, I may just have to make another batch.  You know, for good luck to continue on our awesome new winning streak.  Go Royals!

Also awesome?  The fact that I made this chili with a fancy new slow cooker that I recently received to test out — the Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Stovetop-Safe Cooking Pot.  It’s the first-ever slow cooker that allows you to actually lift out the ceramic cooking pot and place it on the stove (to brown the hamburger, in this case) and then transfer it back to the slow cooker.  It seems like such a no-brainer, but I’m obsessed with it now.  And today I’m excited that we’re going to be giving away one of these fancy new Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker to one of you!  So keep reading below for this slow cooker chili recipe, and also take a second to enter this giveaway for a chance to win.

Because in KC, you’d better believe we’re all about winning this week.  ;)

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

Just like any other beef chili, the first step in this recipe requires browning the beef and onions.  So I thought that was a perfect chance to test out the cool new stovetop capabilities of this newCrock-Pot® Slow Cooker.  Much to my surprise, the first thing I noticed when lifting out the ceramic pot is that this one is so much lighter than other slow cookers!  I don’t know about you, but every other slow cooker I’ve had has a pot inside that is h-e-a-v-y.  (Which I especially notice when trying to transport or wash it.)  But nope, this version is surprisingly lightweight and transferred easily to the stove.

From there, I just treated it like a regular stockpot on the stove to brown the beef and onions, and it worked like a charm!  The only heads-up I’ll give you is that there are no handles on the pot.  So if you want to move it around on the stove or whenever you’re ready to transport it, use potholders!

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

Once the meat was browned, I just added in the rest of the ingredients and set the handy little timer to cook on high for about 4 hours…

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

…and the slow cooker worked its magic and this steaming, delicious pot of chili was ready for the big game.

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

Since I was cooking for a big crowd, I decided to kind of aim for the middle when it came to the seasonings and heat in this chili recipe.  But I did add in a few chipotle peppers for a smoky kick.  And if you love heat, I definitely recommend adding in an extra jalapeno or two.

But other than that, this basically defines what I think of as classic chili.  It’s thick, beefy, tomato-y, oh-so-red, slightly spicy, a little smoky, and SO GOOD.

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

Perfect for eating in a big bowl by itself.  Or I noticed that my neighbors also transformed it into all sorts of things, like frito pie, chili baked potatoes, chili cheese dip, and chili dogs.  Basically however you like chili, it’ll work.

So check out the recipe, and be sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a fancy new Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker of your own!

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

Oh.  And goooooooooo Royals!!!!  :)

Classic Slow Cooker Chili -- super easy to make, and SO GOOD! | #soup #fall #gameday

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Slow Cooker Chili

This classic slow cooker chili recipe is easy to make, and so comforting!


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium red or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo sauce, chopped (*add more for extra smokyness and heat)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (**see below for substitution ideas)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup beer or beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • (Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips or strips, thinly-sliced green onions, sour cream, salsa, etc.)


Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. (Or if you are using this Crock-Pot slow cooker, heat oil in the ceramic stovetop-safe bowl on the stove over medium-high heat.) Add the ground beef, onion and garlic and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until the beef is completely browned, crumbling the beef with a spoon as it cooks. Drain and discard the excess fat/grease. Then transfer the beef into the bottom of a slow cooker. (Or transfer the stovetop-safe bowl back into the slow cooker.)

Add the remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Taste, and season with additional salt and pepper or seasonings if need be.

Serve warm, with desired toppings.

*I used about 3 chipotle peppers, but did not add any extra adobo sauce.

**If you don’t like kidney beans, you can also substitute in black beans, pinto beans, or great northern beans.

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Crock-Pot Slow Cooker #GIVEAWAY! | #slowcooker #crockpot

Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker GIVEAWAY:

Crock-Pot® is celebrating Crocktober during the month of October, and giving away chances to win new prizes every week.  To enter, visit the Facebook app and unlock additional prizes for extra chances to win!

Crock Pot Giveaway

Giveaway Prize: 

(1) Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Slow Cooker with Stovetop-Safe Cooking Pot

How To Enter:

Follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.

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This giveaway is sponsored by Crock-Pot® Slow Cooker.  I was not compensated to do this review, but did receive a complimentary slow cooker to test out.  I liked it, so wanted to offer a giveaway for someone to win one too.  All opinions are my own as always.

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459 comments on “Slow Cooker Chili + Crock-Pot GIVEAWAY!”

  1. I would make soup! :) 

  2. I would cook Mojo Pork.  I would use this Crock-Pot Slow Cooker all of the time.  Love the stove top safe cooking pot feature.  With this great feature browning ingredients would be much simpler. Would love to win.

  3. I’d make chili or soup!

  4. I love to make chili in the crock pot!!!!  I also like to do a ton of soups and casseroles – even sweet potatoes!  Mine is getting old though and worn out.  My kids do a lot of after school activities so the crock pot is my life saver!!  

  5. I am fairly new to crockpot cooking so I would just keep on experimenting with new recipes!

  6. I’ve never made chili before (crazy right? but I’m the only one in my family who likes it so it would go to waste). I’m going to a Halloween party tomorrow and going to take my first stab at making chili with your recipe. Can’t wait, it sounds so good!

  7. I love making soups in my Crock Pot. They taste so much better when cooked slowly and when they are finished cooking, just flip the switch over to “warm” and the family can eat whenever they want to on busy nights.

  8. This slow cooker looks amazing – wish I had it for the upcoming FLvsGA game this weekend. I’ll be cooking this for sure! Crock-pot = life saver.

  9. I would love to cook white chicken chili in this crock pot! One of my favorite recipes :)

  10. Royals forever! This looks like a great crock-pot and going to try your chili recipe for a church chili cook-off this weekend.

  11. I am loving this crockpot and would love to be able to heat the first ingredients in the stove (such a game changer – speaking of game changers, I am here in Baltimore and sadly the Royals dominated the O’s). Our family tradition for Halloween is a big ol’ bowl of chili and this crockpot would work wonders in the future! 

  12. I would make some chili.

  13. I’d love to make this chili!

  14. Rice pudding

  15. i’d make your awesome chili in the crockpot!!!!

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  21. I have been making the same chili recipe for years.  This time I decided to shake things up a bit and try this recipe.  It is hands down the best chili I have had in a long, long time! (sorry mom)!  If you like a little heat, this recipe is perfect.  It is just warm enough, if you like a lot of heat, you can add some more chili powder or jalapeno.  This will be my new chili recipe going forward.  Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. I’m making chili right now and the house smells amazing!

  23. This is the perfect chili recipe!! I added two fresh chopped chiles instead of the canned one and two jalapeños. As you can see my husband and I love spicy food. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe, it’s a keeper!!

  24. I was scrolling through and I got so excited to see you were also from KC. It seemed like our whole city stopped for those few weeks. It was great! I’m going to make your “Victory Chili” for our New Year’s Eve Party!

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  35. Wow! Way too spicy. I would suggest adding 2 tsp of chili powder and checking flavor before adding any extra spice. 

  36. Just made this chili and it’s delish. Super easy, too. Thanks so much! 5 stars :)

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  38. Hello. I’m making this right now. Can I use Cannellini beans?

  39. Awesome chilli! I’ve been searching for a good chilli recipe for quite some time and gave this one a try. My husband LOVES it (and he’s very picky about his chilli) and my youngest daughter cleaned her bowl and got seconds. Will definitely be saving this one and using again.
    Thank you so much!

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  43. This recipe was well loved by myself and my two young boys. We ate the chili with papadums for some fun – was devine and I can’t wait for left-overs tonight!

    Thank you.

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  46. I am eating this chili for lunch today (from a big batch I made and froze), and I couldn’t remember if I ever actually rated it!  Damn good chili!  This is one of the few recipes I go back to Pinterest to find to remake (over and over again).   I use ground turkey instead of ground beef, add a green bell pepper.  If I don’t pre-soak some dried beans overnight and throw them in, I use a canned 3 bean mix (pinto, kidney, and black bean).   We like a good and spicy chili, so I add 3 Chipotle peppers and dice up one fresh jalapeño.  This is my go-to chili recipe…hands down!

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  49. This recipe looks so yummy! It will be perfect for the first Sunday Football Game this season! Thanks for sharing!