I have apparently found a thing I’m pretty good at making, though I haven’t started really experimenting with it yet. I’ve made this chili about four or five times just in the last few weeks, and it’s been a hit every time. I got this recipe from a coworker and spruced it up just a little. It comes out really tasty and isn’t terribly expensive to make. I think including the beef, it’s usually around $15 or less, and these numbers make about 10qts of chili (it fills my little crockpot to the brim).

Super Easy Crockpot Chili

  • Servings: 7-14 (depending on scoop size)
  • Difficulty: easy
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2lbs ground beef
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans dark red kidney beans
1 can great northern beans
1 can black beans
1 or 2 packets French’s Chili-O spice mix

Brown the meat. I don’t add a lot to it. A little salt, a little black pepper, a little chili powder, and a little onion powder, and that’s it.

Once the meat’s started to brown, I’ll throw all the canned stuff and a packet of Chili-O’s in the pot on low and stir to get it started heating up. Drain grease off of the beef and add to the crockpot, with optional second Chili-O packet (depending on if you like a pretty mild spice or something with a little more flavor — it’s not really very spicy).

Once everything’s mixed together, turn crockpot on high and let simmer for an hour or two, stirring occasionally to keep it from scorching. You can serve immediately once it’s good and hot, or set to low and let it simmer, still stirring now and then. The longer it cooks, the better the flavors meld together.

Serve plain, or with cheese and sour cream.