This easy Crockpot chili recipe feeds a crowd OR you can freeze it for easy weeknight dinners. Perfect for tailgating!
Course: Dinner, lunch
2poundsground beefI used 80-20
1red bell pepperdiced
1green bell pepperdiced
2large jalapeno peppersminced (remove the seeds and veins for less heat...leave them for more heat)
2tablespoonsground cayenne pepperOr more if you like a lot of heat!
2tablespooncrushed red pepper
6ouncejar of chopped sweet peppers and juice
1/2cuppacked light brown sugar
1 - 28ouncecan tomato sauce
1 - 28ouncecan crushed fire roasted tomatoesI use Muir Glen Organic
salt and pepper to taste
In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef until no longer pink and transfer to the slow cooker using a slotted spoon. Drain off all but two tablespoons of fat and add the onions to the pan.
Cook the onions over med-high heat until they begin to soften. Add the peppers to the onions and sauté until softened. Add the garlic and jalapeno peppers, cooking for one minute longer. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker with the beef.
Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, sweet peppers and juice to the beef mixture and stir to combine.
Add the brown sugar, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes stirring thoroughly to be sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook in the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.
Serve with your favorite chili toppings, we love greek yogurt, sour cream, shredded cheddar, green onions, and pickled jalapenos...just to name a few.
Chili can be stored in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 months.