Crockpot Chili


  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup 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
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 ½ Tbsp chili seasoning (you can make your own with the bulleted recipe below)
    • 2 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 Tbsp flour
    • 1 Tbsp cumin
    • ½ Tbsp garlic powder
    • ½ Tbsp onion powder
    • ½ Tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp pepper
    • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
    • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
    • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • *2 Tbsp 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 onion, chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup steak sauce


  1. In a large crockpot, add tomato sauce, chicken broth, bouillon cube, and beans. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook bacon bits until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and place in crockpot. Save and set aside 2 Tbsp of bacon grease and leave the rest in the pan. Cook hamburger and Italian sausage in the bacon grease left in the pan, until the meat is cooked through. Drain the meat, leaving it in the skillet.
  3. In a small bowl, combine chili seasoning, salt, cumin, pepper, cayenne pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add seasoning mixture to the meat, mix thoroughly, and then add meat 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!

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