Slow Cooker Award Winning Chili

Donna Graffagnino Recipe

By Donna Graffagnino StillWild

Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

One of the secret ingredients in this recipe is the beer, so don't leave it out. All of the alcohol will cook out but the unique sweet flavor remains. If you must, non-alcoholic beer can be used. You can make this chili as mild or hot as you like by adjusting the chili powder and cayenne pepper. Using this slow cooker method makes it super easy and delicious.


1 lb
sirloin, london broil, or venison, 1/2" dice
1 lb
ground chuck
1 lb
breakfast pork sausage chub (hot or mild)
chili stick or brick
2 large
onions, chopped
1 large
bell pepper, chopped
2 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
2 Tbsp
garlic, minced
28 oz
can petite diced tomatoes with juice
15 oz
can regular diced tomatoes with juice
1 bottle
chili sauce
6 oz
can tomato paste
8 oz
can tomato sauce
8 oz
can water or beef broth
beef bouillon cubes if using water
1 can(s)
beer (regular)
2-3 Tbsp
mexene chili powder, or more to taste
1/2 c
dried chives
2 Tbsp
lea & perrin worcestershire saucd
2 Tbsp
granulated or powdered garlic
2 tsp
granulated or powdered onion
1 tsp
cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
1 tsp
cajun seasoning (zatarain's or tony cacherie's)
15 oz dark red kidney beans or combination of your favorite chili beans (drained and rinsed)
salt & pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Season ground beef, breakfast sausage and cubed sirloin with garlic powder, onion powder brown in a skillet with the bacon grease until completely cooked. Remove meat to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Discard grease.
Turn slow cooker to High and add in order: chili stick and cooked ground meats. Let heat from cooked meats help melt the chili stick until they are blended together.
Add onions, bell pepper, celery, diced tomatoes, chili sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, can water, beef bouillon, beer, garlic, chili powder, bay leaves and chives, Lea & Perrin, and remaining dry seasonings. Mix well and let mixture come to a good simmer.
Reduce temperature to Low and set timer for 7 hours. Periodically check the mixture and stir. If it seems to need more liquid just add water, beer or tomato juice, (I use V-8).
About 30 minutes before chili is finished cooking add the beans. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve with corn bread muffins and your choice of garnishes: sour cream, finely chopped onion, thinly sliced green onions, sliced or diced fresh or pickled jalapeno peppers, grated sharp cheddar cheese, Tabasco hot sauce
*Note: This makes a large amount. A 6 quart slow cooker will hold almost all of the chili mixture. When I'm ready to add the beans, I first divide the chili into two pots then add half of the beans to each pot.

Competition Tips:

Always make this medium hot so that everyone can enjoy it and have plenty of cayenne, hot pepper and chili powder on hand for those who want to spice up
their bowl.

Always make way more than you need for the competition because when the other contestants run out, you'll have some left for those who still want to eat. If they keep coming back to your chili, you'll most likely get the People's vote.

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Feb 6, 2015 - Bobby Webb shared this recipe with discussion group: "HOW'S YOUR WEATHER".
Donna Graffagnino StillWild
Dec 30, 2013
Yep, I was GIVEN a 17' Scout fiberglass boat, good condition with galvanized trailer, but it needs a motor, trolling motor, new instrument gauges, etc. Once I get it set up I'm gonna have Still Wild painted on it. Me and my dog, Jake, can leave from my house and get into the Pearl River then go to the Rigolets, Lake Borgne, even out to Lake Pontchartrain to go fishing. My husband used to pro-bass fish, not my cup of tea, but I used to fish with him all the time. I prefer salt water speckled trout, redfish, flounder, etc. One of these days it will all come together...
Bob Cooney - Shaklee Distributor firemanbob59
Dec 30, 2013
Lol!!! Now ya got a " Wild Thang " that will save You while you're " Still Wild "!!! hehehe
Donna Graffagnino StillWild
Dec 30, 2013
Bob, that's so funny - you and I have so much in common! My nickname is Still Wild
Bob Cooney - Shaklee Distributor firemanbob59
Dec 30, 2013
Ooooo I done been called " Wild Thang " before for sure lol