Feed a crowd with this big-batch slow cooker chili. Easy to make, this hearty chili will stick to your ribs and make game day food a heck of a lot better!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some snow.
It was an unseasonably warm December in my neck of the woods, which may be why I never got in my normal holiday mood (how do you people in the south get into the holiday spirit???), but now it’s just starting to dip its toes into the cold stuff.
If only we could add a little snow, I’d be satisfied. I know it goes against the whole ‘I love my job’ bit, but I could even use a few cozy snow days to decompress.
Since the glee of tunneling through the snow of childhood faded and I had to start shoveling my car out of the heavy stuff, I’ve never been much of a snow person. Let’s not even talk about how people start to drive like maniacs the moment a flurry hits their dashboard.
But this year I would like to be.
I want to spend a bit of time romping through it with the dog, who loves the stuff, building a snow man or maybe even driving to the mountains and trying on a pair of skis for the first time. Snow pants were purchased last year and it was spring before I knew it.
I used to ice skate, so how hard can skiing be? (Said by someone who bruises very easily).
Chili for a cold day
So while I hunker down and hope for some winter weather that the forecast is not predicting any time soon, I can’t help but drool over this perfect cold weather meal.
My favorite feed a crowd hearty chili. I’m giving you this recipe right from the book, and not telling you what I do to tweak it. I know there will be some hate mail, but chili is all about those personal tweaks, so take it and make it your own.
Oh, did I mention this feed a crowd chili is super simple to make?
It really is. Other than browning the ground beef, your slow cooker does it all for you. And if you’re lucky enough to have a slow cooker with a sauté setting, it is truly a one pot wonder.
Set it all in, walk away for a few hours, come back to a chili you can sink your teeth into!
I am pretty sure chili is never the wrong choice to feed everyone.
So eat it in a bowl, scooped with tortilla chips, on a hotdog, heck, put all the options out with a batch this big 😉 You can even throw some leftovers in with eggs for breakfast. This chili equals happy bellies.
And if you are looking for a lighter take on chili, these turkey and chicken options might be just what you need!
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- 4 lbs ground chuck
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, untrained
- 4 (8-oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 (16-ounce) cans light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- Toppings: sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, sliced ripe black olives
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, work in batches to brown the ground chuck.
- Crumble, drain and place in a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Stir in the onion through kidney beans.
- Cover and cook on High for 5 to 6 hours or on Low 7 to 8 hours. Remove and discard bay leaf. Serve with desired toppings and some cornbread. Told ya it was simple.
This chili isn’t lying. It makes a huge batch. Be prepared to have some friends over or make space in the freeze
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 82mg Sodium: 733mg Carbohydrates: 12g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Protein: 28g