Slow Cooker 3 Bean and Beef Chili, Simply Delicious

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Let me first start off by saying I love my slow cooker! We were having friends over for dinner the other night, at the end of a very busy day, and my trusty slow cooker made that possible. I plunked everything in around noon and just let her go.

This chili is not too hot and has a good balance of beans and beef. The full recipe is below.

To start I chopped two medium onions and sautéed them in a little bit of olive oil with 1 tbs. of chili powder and a half tsp of cayenne pepper. While that was going I chopped up a large green pepper and then tossed that in.

Chopped onions for chili
Photo of onions and peppers sauteing in a frying pan on a cook top.

Once the peppers an onions had softened I added them into the slow cooker. Next in the same pan I browned 1lb of grass-fed ground beef, just until it started to brown, you don’t want the ground beef cooked through. While that was browning I drained and added one (15.5 oz) can of garbanzo beans, kidney beans and black beans to the slow cooker along with one 28 oz. can of chopped tomatoes (undrained), 5 cloves of garlic, 3 tbs. of tomato paste and 1 tsp of salt.

Everything but the beef.

Last but not least add the browned ground beef (you can drain the fat if you want, I didn’t. I think it adds flavor to the chili.), mix well and cook in the slow cooker on low for 4 to 6 hours.

3 Bean and Beef Chili

Once the chili is done serve with some cheese or sour cream and a side of corn bread and you have yourself a great meal with about 15 minutes worth of effort.

If you’re curious I use a VitaClay slow cooker and I LOVE it. A few friends had gotten them and I decided to jump on the bandwagon. They are lead free and have a removable ceramic insert.

(VitaClay did not sponsor this post I just love my slow cooker that much!)

Delicious 3 Bean and Beef Chili – Recipe

  • 1 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 2 Medium Onions Chopped
  • 1 Large Green Pepper Chopped
  • 1 Tbs Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 15.5 oz can of Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans) drained
  • 1 15.5 oz can of Kidney Beans drained
  • 1 15.5 oz can of Black Beans drained
  • 1 28 oz can of Chopped Tomatos
  • 1/2 6 oz can of Tomato Paste (about 3 Tbs.)
  • 5 whole cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
Prep time 15 minutes. Saute onions with the chili powder and cayenne pepper over medium heat until slightly softened. Add the chopped green peppers and cook for another 3 minutes until the peppers start to lose some of their firmness. Remove from the heat and put the onion pepper mixture into the crock pot. Using the same pan brown the ground beef over medium heat. While the beef is browning add the three cans of beans, can of chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic and salt to the slow cooker. Once the beef is browned, but not necessarily cooked through add the beef to the mixture in the slow cooker. Stir and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours. Enjoy!

Jennifer

Jennifer Pohlhaus is a busy working mother of two who, along with her husband, has chosen to unschool her children. She currently blogs about her experience with the challenges and fun of unschooling along with her love of crafting and cooking at HarmonicMama.com.

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