Football season is upon us. Yay. I love football season as much as I love New Year’s Eve – which is not at all. However, as wives, girlfriends, whatever, sometimes we are called upon to make what is known as “tailgate food.” Sometimes tailgate food consists of telling your husband to order a pizza. But other times it requires us to use our own two hands to make something. Yes. And when that happens you are going to want to dig out this husband-approved crock-pot chili recipe because not only is it delicious, but it’s also full of hidden vegetables.
Husband-Approved Crock-Pot Chili Recipe
I don’t know if I’m the only one who has this problem, but let’s just say, my husband is not the biggest fan of vegetables. I feel like I am constantly on a quest to find healthy recipes that my husband will actually eat. That’s why I love chili. Yes, it can be higher in calories but “high calories” and “fat” are not dirty words in my house. Your significant (and perhaps his friends) is going to love this crock-pot chili recipe and he won’t even know it’s pretty good for him, too.
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Did I forget to mention it’s easy? The most effort you’ll have to put forth is opening a few cans ’cause it’s all going in the crock-pot to either cook while you’re at work – or even overnight. And if you don’t have a crock-pot yet, this is the exact crock-pot I use and love.
Crock-pot Chili Recipe Ingredients
- 1 pound ground beef (thawed!)
- 25 ounces tomato sauce (or 30 ounces if going to be gone longer than 9 hours)
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- a can black beans, drained
- 1 can kidney beans, drained
- ⅛ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp sugar (a secret ingredient!)
- ¼ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp ground cumin
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- a red pepper
- 1 can (11oz) canned corn
- 1 diced red pepper
- Celery (Optional)
If you want to make it completely meat-free, ditch the beef, tomato sauce, and paste and add one more red pepper and two more cans of diced tomatoes. YUM!
Crock-pot Chili Recipe Directions:
- If you want a healthier versio, cook the ground beef before putting it into the crockpot and drain the fat. If this sounds like way too much work for you (I’m in this category) then just spray your crockpot with some oil and put that ground beef right in.
- If using peppers or celery you are going to want to dice them up before throwing them in. My husband hates when I put celery in but I like my chili to have some crunch to it.
- Throw in all the other ingredients. Any order will do.
- Cook on high heat for four hours, or low heat for…literally forever. If you will be at work for longer than 9 hours you are going to want to add a little bit more tomato sauce though to make sure it doesn’t cook down too much.
How do you like your chili?
Personally, I like mine with some cornbread. I usually add a can of corn to those small cheap boxes at the grocery store and it comes out delicious.
Other options: Over fries, potatoes or hot dogs.
What about the toppings?
Ah, this is where things can get a bit unhealthy. I load mine with cheddar cheese. Others love sour cream and green chilies for those that love extra toppings.