The Best Crock Pot Chili Recipe
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Serves: 12
  • 3 lbs lean ground beef, seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic
  • 1 can black beans, drained and mashed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ of a large bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz) can marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe's Tuscano Marinara Sauce)
  • 1 cup water
  • Shredded cheese to top
  1. In a medium bowl, mix mashed black beans and ground beef. Add spices to season. Brown the ground beef mixture until cooked through. Drain grease, if necessary.
  2. Add cooked ground beef mixture and all of the additional ingredients to a large crock pot and stir. Cover and cook on low for at least 5 hours (since your meat is cooked, you're mainly cooking the chili for that long to blend flavors). Serve warm with shredded cheese, if desired, and crackers or corn bread.
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