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Slow-Cooked Chunky Chili

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 (3 quarts)


  • 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 chiles, 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Want more dinner ideas? Consider these ground beef recipes or this white chicken chili.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 329 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 1158mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 9g fiber), 21g protein.

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    • phelpskim5
      Oct 6, 2020

      Just made this! It was a hit with everyone. Used fajita seasoning instead of taco, because it was all I had. And used green and red peppers. Best chili I've made in a long time.

    • greg
      Dec 14, 2019

      no beef in recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!how much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Raynebow68
      Nov 17, 2019

      This was really good. My daughter, visiting to help us clear out some junk, took one bite and was all thumbs up before I even asked. She took a good portion of it home to her roommates. I did use half and half on kidney and black beans, low sodium on all I could, while keeping the salt from the recipe and it was still amazingly good and easy to season to individual tastes in the bowl. I was surprised at using taco instead of chili seasoning but was pleasantly surprised. I used a store brand of tomatoes and diced chiles which only came in 14.5oz cans, but it was easy enough to just weigh it out on the scale and refrigerate the rest for nachos or huevos rancheros later.

    • carolyn
      Jun 7, 2017

      This was excellent! Only thing I did differently was drain the 14 oz cans of tomatoes, used only two cans of beans, and added 1 Tbsp each of cumin and chili powder because I only had 1/2 envelope of tex mex chili seasoning.

    • Gil
      Feb 17, 2017

      Tried this recipe using our new CrockPot for the first time. Tried half kidney and half black beans as someone else had mentioned. Turned out great....a new crew favorite!

    • mjlouk
      Feb 4, 2017

      This was so good! One of the best chili recipes I've made!

    • mother of 3
      Jan 11, 2017

      Drat....DH said it was too tomatoey. Used Pom strained tomatoes, added 1/2 tablespoon Himalayan salt, sprinkled in onion & garlic powder, 1 lb. grass fed beef, 1 can organic red beans, 2 Tablespoons Trader Joe's taco seasoning. DH dislikes diced tomatoes, green pepper, & pork sausage is not on our menu.

    • Judson
      Nov 30, 2016

      I made this recipe yesterday. Instead of cooking all on high in the crock pot for 4 to 5 hours, I cooked all on low for 12 hours. It came out beautifully and was incredibly tasty and chunky. I'll be making this one again.

    • petuniababi
      Sep 29, 2016

      The best chili i ever cooked.

    • lottery14
      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.