Classic and easy Crock-Pot chili recipe made with beef, beans, chipotle chilies, onions. tomatoes, spices, and Guinness. Delicious, set-it-and-forget-it recipe.
- 2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
- 2 (15 ounce) cans light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chiles
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1–2 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, finely chopped (see note below)
- 1 cup Guinness (any dark ale or IPA will work)
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Optional toppings: Sour cream, Mexican blend cheese, chopped avocado, tortilla strips, fresh cilantro, salsa
- Heat a large pan with olive oil to medium heat. Cook ground beef until well browned and fully cooked through. About 10 minutes. Use the tip of a spatula to break the beef into small bite-sized chunks. Season with salt and pepper all over.
- Transfer beef to a Crock-Pot or slow cooker using a spatula or slotted spoon. This is to help drain excess fat.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in the Crock-Pot (except toppings) and stir until fully incorporated. Close the lid and cook for 3-4 hours on high heat or 6-8 hours on low heat. Give a final stir and serve with toppings.
Start with 1 chipotle chili and see how the final result tastes. Just note, this will be VERY mild. You can add additional chilies for more heat. I usually also add 1-2 teaspoons of the sauce in the can as well. Alternatively, you can just add the sauce for less heat.
Guinness/stouts work really well with this recipe. You can substitute with beef broth if you don’t want to use alcohol.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl (no toppings)
- Calories: 530
- Sugar: 12.2g
- Sodium: 879mg
- Fat: 20.1g
- Saturated Fat: 7.4g
- Carbohydrates: 57g
- Fiber: 27.9g
- Protein: 49.8g
- Cholesterol: 100mg
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