Makes 6 to 8 servings

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How to Make It

Step 1

Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours.

Step 2

Notes: If you want to thicken this saucy chili, stir in finely crushed saltine crackers until the desired thickness is achieved.

Ratings & Reviews

September 08, 2017

March 02, 2018

February 08, 2019
Mmmm!  A 'bowel' of goodness!  hehe

No slow cooker needed!

March 18, 2015
I wanted to make a good basic chili, but don't have access to a slow cooker. I pretty much made as directed (added in a jalapeno at the advice of other reviewers for more spice!). After adding in all the spices, I let simmer covered on low for about 2.5 hours, adding about a half a cup of water when it looked low. Has great rich flavor! Will definitely make again.

TomKalter's Review

October 14, 2012
Good basic plan. added 2 green 2 red peppers total (good color), hole onion all medium size. 1/2 can beef broth (not enough liquid for a crock pot) 1 can "red gold" DICED TOMATO&GREEN CHILIES 10 oz size. 1 sugar cube (just to cut heat) also 1 can tomato paste to thicken some. used 85% lean ground beef. My fussy eaters loved it OMG! THINK IT WAS WASHING THE BEANS THAT HELPED. noticed it right off on the taste. Cant wait for the wife to try it, she always says my chile su_ks. . this produced a thick hardy filling bowel of goodness.

LittleAli30's Review

October 09, 2010
This was absolutely delicious! I modified it a bit. I didn't not drain the meat, added more chili powder, and added a small can of GOYA tomato sauce and a teaspoon of sugar! I cannot wait to make this again!

eliskan's Review

January 23, 2013
Very good recipe. I tried it the first time following this recipe exactly, and it turned out delicious. However, it is a little mild in my opinion (and in my fathers). I have another pot of this cooking right now and I have altered the recipe slightly: Instead of 1 green bell pepper, I went ahead and made it 1/2 green and 1/2 red, since the red has a little more zip. I also added 2 jalapenos and a half a cup of beer. Problem with the beer is that the chili is too liquidy, so I am leaving it uncovered for a while so it can steam off some of the moisture. But so far it looks delicious. I would recommend this recipe.

nanchalant's Review

February 01, 2014
This chilli is excellent,quick,and easy. I added some fresh tomatoes,green peppers,and onions. I also added black beans,kidney beans, and pinto beans. I added some cumin as a previous review wrote and some onion powder. The family loved it they even went back for seconds and the men had thirds.


February 04, 2013
Tasty and easy as promised. Didn't feel like dragging out the crockpot, so I threw it all in a pot on the stove to simmer on low. Added an extra 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, red bellpepper and chopped celery. Used 3 Tablespoons of Chili Powder which gave it a nice little bite. Next time I plan to add some canned Rotel or fresh chopped Jalapenos to experiment with "the kick." Great basic recipe. Try it!

spacemermaid's Review

September 11, 2013
Perfect! I modified by adding a 1/4 red wine, more chili powder, more cumin, cayenne pepper and dried red pepper flakes. (We like our chili spicy!) Instead of the green peppers, I put in a 16 oz can of black beans. It seemed like a lot to put a whole onion in there, so I put in only half of a chopped onion - add it's still plenty. Simmered on low for 1.5-2 hrs and there was no leftovers! :) I going to make a double batch next time and freeze individual servings.