After a winter’s day doing projects outside on the homestead, you just can’t beat homemade chili.
The best part about this crockpot chili recipe is that it is incredibly forgiving. Use any type of meat you like, and definitely play around with the spices and seasonings too. Dump it all into your slow cooker ahead of time so you can enjoy the day’s activities with the rest of the clan, without having to fuss over the meal.
And if you serve this with homemade cornbread, or my chewy french bread recipe, you will be a rockstar for sure!
Crockpot Chili Recipe
- 2 cups dry beans* (I like to use 1/2 black beans and 1/2 pinto. Use what you have in your pantry! You could use canned beans here, if you must, but I prefer cooking with organic, dry beans.)
- 1 pound ground venison, antelope, beef, turkey, or pork (or you could use stew meat)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil or bacon fat (omit this if your meat is especially greasy)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 1/2 cups crushed or diced tomatoes with juice (or approx. 2 cans if you don’t have homemade)
- 3 cups beef broth (how to make your own broth)
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Garnish: sour cream and shredded cheese (optional)
*Or, omit the dry beans and use one quart jar (4 cups) of home-canned beans instead.
1. Soak the beans. Cover them completely with water and allow them to sit overnight.
2. The next morning, brown the meat in a frying pan.
3. Place the browned meat into the slow cooker. Then add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or bacon grease to the pan. Saute the onions until tender, then add the garlic and cook until soft. Add to the slow cooker.
4. Drain and rinse the soaked beans and add them to the slow cooker.
5. Add tomatoes, broth, and all of the seasonings except the salt. Adding the salt too soon will prevent the beans from becoming soft enough. Hold off on the salt until they are done cooking.
6. I set my slow cooker on high and let it cook for 6-7 hours. However, all crockpots are different, so plan according to how your appliance works.
7. You’ll know it’s done when the beans are tender and the house smells heavenly!
Garnish your homemade chili with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.