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Crockpot Chili

crockpot chiliHave you ever had one of those moments where you weren’t really happy with how something turned out but you went ahead and pushed forward anyway? That’s kinda how I feel about these photos. I tried so many different props. White board, no white board. Zoom, no zoom. This chili just wasn’t having a photographic moment. To hell with it. I am going to post this recipe anyway. Yup, that’s me. I tend to do that from time to time. I know a lot of bloggers out there will scrap the recipe until they get the perfect photo. But you know what? I am not a photographer. I am STILLLLLL learning how to use the camera a year later. I am still trying to figure out how to get great pictures in my house. The sun only shines through my main window for so long. Now, it’s starting to get a little grey.

Speaking of the weather,its getting cooler. That means it’s chili time! I am a huge fan of chili. I get to use my homemade canned tomato and it brings me a lot of joy. It also brings me a lot of joy to take dry beans and create yummy meals out of them. I guess I am just weird like that. 😉

Even growing up in the south I still ate a lot of chili even though our winters weren’t as harsh as the winters up here in Michigan. I love to pair my chili with homemade cornbread. Sooooo good. Such comfort food. If beef chili isn’t your think you can leave it out or substitute ground turkey like I did in this turkey chili recipe.

I used my own chili powder. It’s so easy to  make and I bet you have most, if not all, the ingredients in your cabinet!

Homemade Chili Powder

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.93 from 26 votes


  • paprika
  • garlic powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • onion powder
  • dried oregano
  • ground cumin


  • In a zip top bag or empty shaker container add 1 TBSP of each of the ingredients.
  • Shake together.
  • Use a pinch at a time.


Another thing about me, I tend to have things I make from memory never turn out the same way twice. When I cook chili on the stovetop it tends to be a bit more wet. This particular chili is sticky. Husband tends to like his food a little less wet. If you like it more wet you can add water to your crockpot.

I used dry beans for this so you will want to make sure you soak your beans overnight if you plan to use dry beans, too.  I also brown the hamburger first.

Crockpot Chili

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.93 from 26 votes


  • 1 bag dry red kidney beans
  • 1 lb hamburger
  • 2-3 jars of homemade canned tomato or 6-8 cans of stewed tomato
  • chili powder


  • Soak your beans overnight.
  • Drain.
  • Cook the ground hamburger.
  • Put the hamburger and beans in the crockpot.
  • Add the canned tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle chili powder over top. Start with a little. You can add more as it cooks to suit your tastes.
  • Day 1 cook 8 hours.
  • Day 2 cook 2-4 hours.

It does take a little bit of work, but the result is a whole lot of comfort in your bowl! 

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  1. 5 stars
    The chili sounds awesome. And yes, I have those moments all the time and end up settling. And then complain about it incessantly LOL.

  2. I definitely have days where my food is just not working with my camera. Or my camera isn’t working with me. Either way, this chili sounds awesome.

  3. I’ve never made my own chili before. I love that you included a recipe for the chili powder. I think I’d want to give this a try since I do prefer my meals to be homemade but I’d surely have to skip out on the hamburger since I’m a vegetarian. However thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  4. We love chili when the weather is cool with some cornbread. I love that this is made in the crockpot. I’m sold on this recipe. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    My husband doesn’t cook often but if there is one thing he loves to make – its chili! I’m going to share this recipe with him. It looks so good!

  6. 5 stars
    We have crockpot meals at least 2 days a week regardless of the season and more than that in the fall and winter. What delicious-sounding crockpot chili recipe. I use dry beans, too, so it’s too late to try today. I’ll start this on Sunday and we’ll celebrate Monday Night Football with delicious homemade chili.

  7. Ohhhh… that looks good. I made white chicken chili last week but didn’t use my crockpot. I love crockpot cooking. Throw the stuff in, leave… come back and it’s done.

  8. 5 stars
    I just purchased the stuff to make chili this morning but I like the combination of spices you use better. I can not wait to try this out this weekend.

  9. 5 stars
    Oh this chili sounds good! I still do not own a crock pot. Whatever am I waiting for? I can’t take a picture to save my life much less download it onto my computer—-

  10. I have a hard time with my food photos too. As far as the chili, my hubby usually cooks it for us on the stove but this crockpot recipe is something I’d like to try.

    1. Right now my biggest problem is natural light. Just when I finally was getting some great pics, fall had to appear and I don’t have large windows for natural light. So, I am going to have to buy one. My other issue is staging the photo. While I have been collecting small plates, blows, silverwear and textures, I have no idea how to put it together sometimes. So, my stuff just sits on the wooden board. So boring.

  11. I giggled when you said that no meal turns out the same twice. That is so me! This sounds really good. Crockpot chili is one of my favorite fall meals!

    1. We should start a recipe website ” Never the Same” and document each recipe and that way people will see , it’s never the same way twice! LOL

  12. 5 stars
    I love using my crock pot I don’t make chilly with red sauces but I do make a white chicken chili. If I could eat tomatoes I probably would make this one as it looks very good.

  13. Chili isn’t meant to be pretty, LOL. But you did a great job. I love the recipe for chili powder. I have all of those ingredients at home and I am going to make some of that and see how it compares to the store bought chili powder I use.

  14. 5 stars
    We have been eating a lot more crock pot recipes lately because it’s been getting colder here. Your chili recipe is similar to how I make mine. It looks delicious!

  15. I love anything I can make in the crockpot and this time of year is perfect for chili! I will have to make this soon since the weather is finally starting to cool off in our neck of the woods,

    1. It’s been a little chilly (see what I did there? LOL) here in the evening. Over the weekend I thought winter was coming. It was nice today until it started to rain. So, its only a matter of time before the snow starts to fall.

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