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mom's favorite crock pot chili

(7 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jenni K
Hermantown, MN

I made a huge amount of this when we recently had company and brought some to my mom for dinner. She said it was the best chili she's ever had, and wanted the recipe right away. So here it is!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Member's Choice! We loved this slow cooker chili! It's full of texture and flavor. Combining ground beef and ground turkey is fantastic. All of the beans add flavor and heartiness to the chili. The seasoning is typical of a Tex-Mex chili without the strong bite and it has a slight sweetness. We were surprised at how the chili thickened as we left the lid off; a great cooking tip. Perfect lazy day chili because the Crock Pot does all the work.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(7 ratings)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 5 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For mom's favorite crock pot chili

  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 2 1/2 lb
    ground turkey
  • 3 tsp
    minced garlic
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 3 pt
    chopped tomatoes, undrained (I used pints I had canned myself - you can use 14 oz cans if needed)
  • 2 can
    tomato sauce, 14 oz each
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 can
    beef broth, 14.5 oz
  • 2 can
    black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 can
    dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 can
    red beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/3 c
    yellow cornmeal
  • 6 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 3 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/4 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste

How To Make mom's favorite crock pot chili

Test Kitchen Tips
This makes a lot of chili. Our 8 quart slow cooker was filled to the very top. It can easily be cut in half.
  • Browned ground turkey and beef added to a slow cooker.
    You need a large size Crock Pot. Mine is 5 or 6 quarts and was filled to the very top. Brown the ground beef and drain the grease. Add to the Crock Pot. Then brown the ground turkey and add to the Crock Pot.
  • Remaining ingredients added to the slow cooker.
    Add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Chili cooking in the slow cooker.
    Cook on high for 6 hours.
  • Lid removed from the slow cooker.
    Remove lid and stir. Keep the lid off and cook for 1 additional hour on high, stirring occasionally to help thicken it slightly.
  • Red onion, cheese, and sour cream added on top of a bowl of chili.
    Serve topped with your favorite toppings and enjoy! We like red onion, cheese, and sour cream.