Crock Pot Southwest Beef Chili Stew

Jane Manna Recipe

By Jane Manna Mom2AHungryClan

7 Hr
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

I found this recipe for chili stew in a crock pot cookbook years ago. I have made quite a few adjustments to the original recipe.

I love this recipe because it uses stew meat in place of the typical ground beef, making it a hearty and substantial meal.

My family really loves this chili and I hope yours does too!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This lovely chili has a subtle sweetness that is a welcome departure from traditional hot & spicy versions.


2 lb
lean beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 c
chopped onion
4 clove
garlic, finely minced
2 can(s)
(14.5 ounc sized cans) fire roasted diced tomatoes with juice
4 can(s)
4 ounces each can) diced green chiles, drained
2 c
corn kernels, frozen
3 tsp
dried oregano leaves, crushed
2 tsp
cumin (ground)
2 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
teaspoon ground red pepper
1 Tbsp
unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp
brown sugar
4 Tbsp
yellow cornmeal

Directions Step-By-Step

It doesn't get any easier than this!

Combine all ingredients, except cornmeal, in a slow cooker, mixing well. Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or until meat is tender. Turn control to HIGH. Stir in cornmeal; cover and cook 20 to 25 minutes longer.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Collection: Crock Pot Recipes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Jan 3, 2013
Janet awarded this recipe a Blue Ribbon!

This lovely chili has a subtle sweetness that is a welcome departure from traditional hot & spicy versions.
Jan 8, 2013
Can't wait to try this recipe Jane!! Being a fellow CT person you know I have to try it!! Never made chili before, but this sounds pretty easy and straight forward. I'm sure it'll come out really good :)
Delynn Dell BakinHoosier
Jan 11, 2013
Sounds and looks fabulous! Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon!
Ellen McKeel ellen2012
Jan 20, 2013
I just made this today.i was pleasantly pleased, good flavors, not too spicy hot like some chili's. but, great spices to give it the chili kick it needs though. My husband thought it was the best chili he had ever eaten!
Jane Manna Mom2AHungryClan
Jan 24, 2013
Thank you for all of your kind comments. I'm so happy to see that people are enjoying the chili!
Feb 6, 2013
Trying this one tomorrow for my friends that are coming to lunch...cant wait!
Kathleen Hurlimann Kathleen_Hurlimann
Mar 3, 2013
Kathleen Hurlimann
It does sound like a winner.
MaryAnne Keough AnnieM
Mar 4, 2013
I amgoing to try this with Venison,I'm sure it will get nice and tender. Thank-you!
Millie Bianco milliebh
Mar 4, 2013
Hola! This sounds just right for those "chilly" days. Thanks for sharing. Seems like a great combo of ingredients, just different enough to put a twist into the dish. It's on this week's menu!!!
Sandy Young CerrillosSandy
Mar 4, 2013
Sounds really good, but I have a question. Are the fire-roasted diced tomatoes the same as Rotel tomatoes? Can't wait to try this!
Rachel C rachvegi3
Mar 4, 2013
oooh yum! Thanks for sharing Jane :) This looks perfect during this crazy snowy weather right now. Congrats to you!
christine cooney br2ccc9225
Mar 4, 2013
making this one.
Might add black beans hmmmmmm