The BEST chili recipe for the crockpot!

The best chili recipe for the crockpot

My family loved this crockpot chili! I made it for my husband’s coworkers and it didn’t last long.

The best chili recipe for the crockpot Ingredients:

1.5 pounds ground beef chuck (not lean)

1 pound  HOT breakfast sausage 1 pound  regular breakfast sausage

2 ( 15 ounces) cans mild chili beans with juice

2 (15 ounces) cans dark red kidney beans with juice

2 cans (28 ounces) diced tomatoes with juice

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

1 large yellow onion, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped and seeded

1 red bell pepper, chopped and seeded

2 small cans mild green chilies

2 tablespoon Beef Better than bouillon

3 strips bacon fried crispy and chopped

1/2 cup DARK beer

2 tsp Special Dark Cocoa powder

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (tabasco)

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (More to taste)

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder1 teaspoon white sugar


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In a large stock pan cook bacon until crispy. Take out and set aside.

Cook celery, peppers, onion, chili peppers, garlic until tender using the bacon grease.

+ Add beef and sausage. Cook until done. Drain off grease. Move to a large crockpot. I use a crockpot liner for easy clean up!

+Add diced tomatoes with liquid, tomato paste, chili beans with sauce, kidney beans with sauce.

+ Add chopped bacon pieces, bouillon, and beer. Season with chili powder (both), Worcestershire sauce, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, papri

ka, cocoa, and sugar. Stir and allow to cook in a crockpot for about 2 hours. Test. This would be a good time to add more cayenne, salt or pepper if you desire.

Allow to cook the full 8 hours.

**(Don’t be nervous about the cocoa powder. A friend at Counting zzzz’s  told me about it. It adds a dark color to your chili and it gives it a wonderful smokey flavor!!!) This chili is best when it is cooked for 8 hours, cooled for the day or night, then ladle off any standing grease while the chili is cold and then allow it to cook in the crockpot for another 6-8 hours on low. This makes for a nice thick, melded chili. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, Fritos and cheese… or anything that you like to add!   Come back and tell me what you think!

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  1. Lori says:

    Are you supposed to add 1 lb of hot breakfast sausage AND 1 lb of regular breakfast sausage? Or is it supposed to be just 1 lb breakfast sausage, hot OR regular?

  2. Francisco says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Did I forget to mention, wow?! Sincerely, thank you! Being the competitive person that I am, I outdid myself using your wonderful recipe! I would have never thought that using bacon grease and bacon in chili truly separate the mediocre chilis from the extraordinary chilis! I have used a variation of “healthier chili varieties,” however, this recipie is chili cook off contest worthy!

    Thank you!

  3. Allyssa says:

    This recipe is kind of a lot of work, but its so worth it! Just make sure to plan ahead… I always make it the day were going to eat it, I don’t think it’s necessary to cook it twice.

    • Sinclair says:

      Low. I keep it in the crock pot overnight and it stays warm but cools just enough to be able to scoop out the grease. I do eight hours on day one and day two. It’s amazing, won chili cook off two years in a row!

  4. Juan Guerra says:

    I have a chili cookoff with our neighbors and this is the recipe I’m using. I’ll let u know how it goes. I’m excited to win. 😆

  5. Kelsie says:

    Thank you! This recipe (plus a bit more seasoning lovin) won me my fist chili competition! First time I had ever made chili and I got an apron, gourmet oil, and a Tiffany platter. This recipe is a sure win 🙂 my husband keeps asking for it again and again!

  6. Brandi says:

    I made this last night for my husband’s poker night and it was a hit! I left out the beans because my husband doesn’t like them and no one seemed to mind. I don’t really like chili that much and I’ve had 3 bowls. This one is a keeper! Thanks!

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