Easy Slow Cooker Chili

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

I’ve been leaning on my slowcooker a lot lately, particularly for soups and chilis. These are recipes that lend themselves well to slow cooking and allow me to do other things while they do the work.

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

Now, please don’t balk at the “cook up meat and onions” part. This is really crucial. I know folks just want to toss it all in the pot, but a quick saute can lend your dish all kinds of texture and flavor. Don’t skip it.

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

One ingredient that might be new to you is masa harina. It’s the corn flour that I use for making tamales and tortillas. It’s available in the baking and Mexican food aisles of most grocery stores. It goes on sale often at the holidays so grab a couple bags and stash them in the freezer for long storage.

Since I like thick chili (as opposed to watery), I stir in a few tablespoons of masa harina. It thickens the chili, adds a bit of flavor, and still keeps it gluten-free if that’s your bag. You can just as easily omit it if you like.

This is the ideal meal to throw together before you leave for the day. Come home, warm some rolls or bake some cornbread, and hunker down for the night with a nice hot bowl of red.

(And yes, it does have beans. I know chili connoisseurs will say beans have no place in chili. Sorry. Call it Spicy Beef and Bean Stew if you want. It’s all good.)

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili really is easy. Cook up meat and onions, open some cans, dump some spices, and walk away.

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Comments

  1. Chili definitely has beans in it where I come from. I won’t eat chili without them, do not enjoy eating a bowl of just meat.

  2. We had slow cooker chili Sunday night. We like ours with nachos–just tortilla chips sprinkled with a little cheese and heated under the broiler for a minute or so. I know it’s not as healthy, but it’s yummy!

  3. I threw this in the crock pot yesterday just before I walked out the door. So easy and boy, was I grateful when I walked throughout the door at the end of the day! Very yummy!

  4. I keep browned burger and onions in the freezer, so I always have a pot of chili ready with no effort. I unzip the the Ziploc and throw it in frozen.

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