~ My Awesome Tailgate Pantry Chili ~ Crock Pot

Cassie *


I created this flavorful chili. Please don't let the long list of ingredients deter you from trying it. Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I had a lot of canned beans and tomatoes and veggies in my fridge I needed to use, so that is how this chili got its name.

Serve this easy chili at your next tailgate party, everyone will love it!

My husband asked me to add a ghost pepper or two, they are completely optional, as it made this chili quite spicy. Family says it's awesome!



★★★★★ 1 vote

8 - 10
15 Min
2 Hr 30 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


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each - red and green bell pepper, chopped
8 oz
sweet or hot italian sausage - casings removed
2 medium
onion, chopped
carrot, chopped
2 stalk(s)
celery, chopped
1 lb
lean ground beef
1 Tbsp
garlic paste
4 oz
semi sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp
cocoa powder
1 c
beef broth
1 - 15 oz
can of each - pinto beans, black beans and whole kernel corn - drained
1 - 15 oz
can - bush's chili beans in hot sauce
1 - 15 oz
can chopped tomatoes and juice
1 - 15 oz
can - diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and orefano
1 - 4 oz
can. green chiles
1 Tbsp
each - chili powder & cumin
1 tsp
oregano, dried
1 1/4 tsp
1/2 Tbsp
red pepper flakes or to your liking
dried ghost pepper - chopped - optional

How to Make ~ My Awesome Tailgate Pantry Chili ~ Crock Pot


  • 1I diced all of my veggies in the food processor. Pulsed 6 - 8 times. You can chop by hand if prefer.

    In a large skillet, over medium heat - add the veggies and meat. Crumble meat as it cooks with a spatula. Stir often and when meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender.
  • 2Add to a 6 quart slow cooker.

    To this add all remaining ingredients and stir. Turn pot on high and bring to a boil and continue cooking this way for 25 minutes. Turn down to low and cook another 2 hours or until desired thickness.
  • 3Taste and adjust seasoning according to your preferences. I added a little more salt at the end.
  • 4Serve with your favorite toppings. I used sharp cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream. Serve with crackers or a nice crusty piece of bread.
  • 5Delish!

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About ~ My Awesome Tailgate Pantry Chili ~ Crock Pot

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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