This Crock-pot Chili Recipe is probably my favorite recipe to prepare for the night before church. I put all the cans out next to the slow cooker the night before, and right before church I open can after can and turn on the crock pot. It really is so easy and fast to prepare. It’s great to come home to a warm meal for lunch, with seemingly no effort! It’s one of the easiest recipes ever!
I also call this recipe Can-Can Chili because if worse comes to worse, and you don’t have time, you can just omit the vegetables and make it with cans only. That’s how we prepared it when we were saving money road tripping with the crock-pot last fall (you can go here to get other crock-pot road trip-friendly recipes).
When I am not traveling or pressed for time, I am getting more and more away from using cans now, making the beans from scratch. I freeze them in can-sized portions to make the beans easy to use.
- 1 lb. of ground beef, ground chicken, chicken, turkey, optional (I usually make this vegetarian though)
- 1-26oz. can of spaghetti sauce, optional if you want it saucier
- 2-15 oz. cans of black beans, rinsed and drained (make sure there is no gluten if you need GF)
- 1-15 oz. can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-15 oz. can of red beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained (doesn't have to be canned)
- 1-15 oz. can of corn, rinsed and drained
- handful of spinach finely cut, optional if you want it healthier
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 T or more of chili powder to taste
- 2 T or more of garlic to taste
- 2 T oregano
- 1 t of cayenne pepper or more
- shredded cheese (omit for dairy-free)
- Insert all ingredients into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
- Serve and enjoy.
The Verdict: This is one of the easiest crock-pot recipes ever. It is so flavorful, and when I make it people often ask for the recipe. I think it’s the perfect recipe for road-tripping when omitting the veggies if you don’t have access to some. The recipe is really flexible, so you can substitute one type of beans for another.
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