Slow-Cooked Chunky Chili Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Chunky Chili Recipe

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Pork sausage, ground beef and plenty of beans make this chili a marvelous meal. I keep serving-size containers of it in my freezer at all times so I can quickly warm up bowls on busy days. —Margie Shaw, Greenbrier, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 4 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • Chopped red onion, optional
  • Sour cream, optional


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. If desired, serve with shredded cheese, chopped onion and sour cream.
  3. Freeze option: Before adding toppings, cool chili. Freeze chili and toppings separately in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Sprinkle with toppings. Yield: 3 quarts.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Chunky Chili in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p31

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petuniababi User ID: 3526373 254818
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2016

"The best chili i ever cooked."

lottery14 User ID: 7705598 254687
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"This Chili rated fantastic with my guy,he said ate 3 bowls hard to stop,even said it topped Windy's.i used exact Recipe except had Extra can of whole plum tom's i diced and threw in.It did not hurt the recipe had plenty of juice.The taco seasoning was perfect,i kept wondering how it would be with no chili powder.----This will be my Chili recipe from now on and plan to share it.=====just enough seasoning===would be great for football party's."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 254467
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"This was too spicy for us. Next time, I'll only use one can of the diced tomatoes and green chilies."

JadoreDuGateau User ID: 8288729 230214
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Amazing Recipe! I used Old El Paso Mild Taco Mix, and subsituted green onions for regular onions (hubby has a dislike for regular onions), and I added half a cup of carrots! Sprinkled with Shaved Parm and served with Buttermilk Biscuits! Definitely will be making again for the family!"

douglas_in_philly User ID: 4466894 219503
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"I've made this numerous times now, and really love it! I use whatever brand of sausage is on sale, and use two cans of black beans and two cans of kidney beans. I also generally omit the green pepper, simply because we don't often have one around, while we do usually have all of the other ingredients. It's delicious!!!!!"

cbybee User ID: 3897502 29539
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013 Edited Oct. 19, 2013

"This chili has replaced my old version I have made for years. Very easy; was able to prep everything the night before and then throw it all in the Crock Pot the next morning before work. I did add a little whole cumin and chili powder. Also, just because we love them, replaced two of the cans of beans for black beans. Replaced the diced tomatoes for a 32oz can of whole Roma tomatoes in a purée, because that is what I had in the pantry."

scdc850 User ID: 6947469 83193
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2012

"We made this our official meal on halloween night since I found the recipe in 2002. While we are out trick-or-treating, the chili cooks in the slow-cooker and is ready with a hot meal when we come back home. My family LOVES this chili!"

Teresa966 User ID: 6914196 44131
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"Love this! Made a batch and brought it to work to share, everyone raved about how delicious it was.. I passed out the recipe 5 times! Will make this again for sure! I did use different types of beans instead of all kidney and used turkey instead of beef."

libraryfan31 User ID: 6926361 48161
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012 Edited Jan. 1, 2014

"My husband and I *loved* this chili! It's the only chili recipe I make now. We steam rice and mix the chili, rice, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream and make an entire meal out of it."

bnc1681 User ID: 3530771 76898
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"only chili i make now!!!"

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