Hearty Crock Pot Chili / Cassies

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This Chili starts out with dry beans. I used Pinto's...basically brown ground beef - place everything in the pot...turn it to high...leave it cook for a good 6 - 6 1/2 hours on high...and you have the makings for a great pot of Chili...freeing you up to do other things...

This recipe filled my 6 quart crock pot...if you don't have this size of pot, you could easily halve the recipe...


Pictures are mine.


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8 - 10
20 Min
7 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 2 - 2 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • ·
    salt and pepper to season ground beef
  • 1 - 16 oz
    dry pinto beans ( could use favorite canned beans) - adjust cooking time
  • 6 - 8 clove
    garlic - minced
  • 1 1/2 - 2 c
    onion, chopped
  • 1 large
    red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 stalk(s)
    celery, chopped ( optional )
  • 1 heaping Tbsp
    each - chili powder and cumin ( optional ) we like lots of spice
  • 1 - 1.25 oz
    package chili seasoning mix ( i used hot )
  • 1 tsp
    each - garlic and onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cinnamon ( optional )
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 small
    10 ounce can, beef broth
  • 1 - 12 oz
    tomato paste
  • 1 large
    can sliced mushrooms - drained or use fresh
  • 1 - 28 oz
    diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 - 2
    dried habanero pepper - crushed ( optional )
  • 4 - 5 c
    100% tomato juice - more if need to thin out
  • 2 Tbsp
    brown sugar

How to Make Hearty Crock Pot Chili / Cassies


  1. Sort and pick through beans to remove any debris.

    First thing I do; and this is totally optional - make patties out of ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Brown in skillet over medium - high heat, until cooked through ( reason for making patties, is I like my chili meat chunkier ) by all means brown it as you wish. When finished I remove from pan to cool. Then chop into chunks.
  2. In 6 - 7 quart crock pot, add the beans...a little water ( about 1/2 cup ) turn pot to high...place the lid on the pot and begin preparing vegetables.
  3. Once veggies are chopped, and burger is cooked and chopped; add all remaining ingredients ( except for the brown sugar ) to the pot.

    I then stir lightly just to combine. Place the lid back on the pot and cook for 6 hours. If not using dry beans...adjust cooking time. May not need as much liquid. Directions I am giving are for use of dried beans.

    After about 3 hours into cooking, stir and add more juice or water if needed.
  4. After 6 - 6 1/2 hours. Stir and check beans for tenderness.
    Now is when to adjust seasonings to your liking. Stir in brown sugar. I like using brown sugar to equal out the acidity of the tomatoes.

    Note: must use high setting on your pot in order for the beans to cook properly.

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About Hearty Crock Pot Chili / Cassies

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: American

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