Best Chili Ever (Crock Pot)

This recipe is actually called Chili in Bread Bowls from Taste of Home, but since we rarely put it in bread bowls I’ve omitted that part. (It’s easy enough: just buy a sturdy round loaf such as sourdough, gut it, and refill with the cooked chili.  If the chili is runny, use a slotted spoon to put it in the bread bowls so they won’t get soggy on the bottom.)  People really love this recipe!

1/2 lb cubed chicken breast, boneless/ skinless

1/2 lb cubed pork, boneless

1/2 lb cubed beef stew meat

In batches, shake meat in a bag with some flour, salt & pepper. (About a tablespoon of flour.)  In batches, brown the meat in canola oil. Put browned meat in a crock pot.


1 medium onion

1 bell pepper (we prefer red, but green is more traditional for chili)

1 jalapeno (seeded)

Add these to the crock pot.

Throw into the mix:

28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained

16 oz can kidney beans, drained & rinsed

15.5 oz can navy beans or great northern beans, drained & rinsed

8 oz can tomato sauce

minced garlic clove (we always use at least two cloves)

Finally, the spices:

1 T chili powder

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper

Mix together and heat on low for 7-8 hours.  Serve in bread bowls or with corn bread.  Wear sweaters and act merry.


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Filed under Beef, Chicken, Comfort Food, Crockpot, Entertaining, Mike's favorite, No oven necessary., Pork, Soup

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