Crockpot Chili

Serving size: 6-8 people

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 5-8 hours


  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube, crushed (I actually use a paste called, Better than Bouillon, it’s amazing)
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can white beans
  • 5 slices of bacon, chopped into bits
  • 1lb hamburger
  • 1lb Italian sausage
  • 2 ½ T homemade chili seasoning
    • 2 T chili powder
    • 1 T flour
    • 1 T cumin
    • ½ T garlic powder
    • ½ T onion powder
    • ½ T brown sugar
    • 1 t paprika
    • ½ t salt
    • ½ t pepper
    • ½ t red pepper flakes
    • ½ t cayenne pepper
    • ½ t dried parsley
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1 t Pepper
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t red pepper flakes
  • *2 T reserved bacon grease*
  • 3 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes chopped
  • 1 large onions chopped
  • 1/2 C white wine
  • 1/2 cup steak sauce


  1. In a large crockpot, add tomato sauce, chicken broth, bouillon cube, + beans and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon bits until crispy. Remove from pan and place in crockpot. Save 2 T of bacon grease in a separate container and leave the rest in the pan. Cook hamburger and Italian sausage in the bacon grease left in the pan, until all pink is gone. Drain meat, leaving it in the skillet.
  3. Add chili seasoning, salt, cumin, pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix thoroughly until all meat is coated and then transfer to the crockpot.
  4. In the same skillet, add reserved bacon grease, carrots, celery, bell peppers, stewed tomatoes, onion, white wine, and steak sauce. Cook until wine is reduced (liquid levels will rise and then cook down), and onions are translucent. Add to crockpot.
  5. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  6. Serve topped with red onions, cheese, sour cream, and Fritos (seriously, don’t forget the Fritos)!

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