The Best Slow Cooker Chili Recipe Ever

best chili recipe ever

I hate to cook and the reason is simple.  It’s the same reason that I don’t like to clean.  I dislike putting a ton of work and effort into something that doesn’t last.  At least with greeting cards, I put effort into something that has permanence; that’s my goal at least.  
I’ve had people tell me that my cards are too beautiful to mail.  I have never had anyone say that my food is too delicious to eat, or that my house is too clean to visit.  However, I do have one recipe for slow cooker chili that I would enter into a chili cook-off any day.

Once again, just like the delicious green smoothie recipe, I can’t take credit for this one, either.  It’s the recipe that was in the scrawny little cookbook that came with the crock pot that we bought ages ago. 

I have misplaced the cookbook so many times until one day I figured out that the best

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thing to do was to store the dilapidated little thing inside the crock pot itself.  That way, whenever I want to make chili, I know where to find the book.  (I should have it memorized by now, after all these years).

Here goes. 


  • 2 – 16oz cans of dark red kidney beans
  • 2 – 14.5oz cans of seasoned diced tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 lbs. of ground turkey meat or ground chuck, browned and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • salt to taste

Brown and drain the meat, then throw everything in the crock pot.  Cook on high for four hours or low for six to eight hours.


  • use as a topping for baked potatoes
  • add cheese or sour cream to the top
  • serve with warm corn muffins

This is one recipe I don’t mind making because it always tastes great and I can put it all in the pot and forget about it.  I don’t feel like I have spent too much time in the kitchen.  Whenever I make this chili, I always feel like it has been the kind of day where I can say, “Today, I was a good mom.”

Try it and tell me if it isn’t the best pot of chunky deliciousness you have ever eaten.

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