Our Favorite Crock Pot Chili

This has been my family’s favorite chili for years, and it has the added benefit of being a crock pot meal so you can have a great dinner ready on busy nights.  It makes a whole 5 quart slow cooker full so you can serve a large crowd, have leftovers, or freeze some for other meals (like chili baked potatoes, Cincinnati spaghetti, or chili cheese dogs or nachos).  I tend to freeze it and use it for other convenient meals, but I always leave at least 2 servings out for my and my husband’s lunch the next day.

crock pot chili

If you don’t want to use the crock pot, you can still make this, just let is simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking.  You might have to add a bit of water during the second half if all the liquid is evaporating out.

Favorite Crock Pot Chili
Yields 5
Use your crock pot (slow cooker) to make a warm chili for a cold day.
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
5 hr 30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
5 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 Tablespoon poultry seasoning
  3. 2 teaspoons steak seasoning
  4. 4 cans (15 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 2 large cans (28 ounces each ) diced tomatoes, undrained
  6. 1 can (4 ounce) green chiles, undrained, chopped
  7. 1 large onion, chopped
  8. 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  9. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  10. 2 teaspoons onion powder
  11. 1 teaspoon cumin
  12. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  13. 1 teaspoon paprika
  14. 1 teaspoon oregano
  15. 1 teaspoon salt
  16. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  17. Desired toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped avocado, sliced green onions, etc...
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the poultry and steak seasonings.
  2. When meat is no longer pink, drain and add the beef to the slow cooker. Add all the other ingredients except the toppings.
  3. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours.
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Crock Pot Garlic Ham and White Bean Soup

Crock Pot Garlic Ham and White Bean Soup
Serves 4
Leftover ham makes a great soup!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
6 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
6 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Tablespoon butter
  2. 1 ham bone
  3. 3 cups cooked leftover ham, diced
  4. 1/3 cup minced garlic
  5. 1 large yellow onion, dice
  6. 3 carrots, diced
  7. 1 cup celery, diced
  8. 3 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  11. 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  12. 2 bay leaves
  13. 4 cups vegetable stock
  14. salt and pepper to taste
  15. Chopped fresh parsley to sprinkle on top
Instructions
  1. Brown the ham bone in the butter until browning on all sides. During the last side, add in the garlic.
  2. When the bone is brown, add it to the crock pot with the garlic and the other ingredients.
  3. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
  4. Remove the bone and discard. Ladle into bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
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I’ve always been curious about my college roommate’s favorite soup, ham and navy bean soup.  She talked about how good it was, putting in a ham bone, she’d lick her lips while talking.  I’d never had it.  I grew up in a house that didn’t eat ham.  I’d have some at friend’s houses and restaurants, but not much beyond bacon.

Croct Pot Garlic Ham and White Bean Soup

This year I decided to try it, so I set out to find a recipe.  Then I ran into a problem.  I can’t find navy beans anywhere near me.  So in this recipe I mashed up a general list of ingredients that seem to be shared by most ham and navy bean soup recipes and tinkered with them to get my own levels of each item.  I also substituted white beans for navy beans just out of necessity.

I used a leftover Christmas ham for this.  I wasn’t quite ready to make it right after Christmas, so I froze both the ham bone and the amount of chopped ham I wanted to use in this.  It worked out perfectly.

Set it, forget it, enjoy it!