Crockpot Cheater Chili is just what it sounds like – it’s a kitchen hack for making chili! If making a tasty chili without the chopping chore sounds good to you, read on. Is the hack in this recipe a form of cheating? Maybe. But is it delicious? YES!
It is a lot of work, and even though there is a big payoff in the form of yummy homemade chili, sometimes I just don’t make it because of the time and effort involved.
Call me lazy, or call me just a busy mom trying to fit it all in (in reality it is probably a little of each!), but either way, I am totally on board if there is a way to ‘cheat’ and get awesome homemade chili with minimal effort.
One simple ingredient ended up being the solution to all my chili woes, and the best part is that it is nothing fancy…I usually have it on hand in my pantry!
The simple ingredient is…..drumroll please…..chunky salsa! It already contains the chopped veggies, and it totally enhances the flavor of the chili. Brown the ground beef, add some beans and spices, and you are well on your way to an awesome home-cooked meal with minimal effort. Of course, you can also add other vegetables if you like; as with any chili, there are so many ways to customize!
You definitely want to pick up Certified Angus Beef brand ground meat. It will give you the best tasting results every time!
Family report on this dish: DH and Thing 1 loved it, as I would expect. Thing 2 ate it willingly, although he tried to pick out the beans. He really liked the rest of it, though!
Crockpot Cheater Chili
- shredded cheddar, sour cream, cilantro
- Brown the ground beef.
- Add the ground beef and remaining ingredients to the crock pot.
- Mix well.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
Leftover chili? Here’s a great way to use it up!
I love using my leftover chili in these amazing Chili Cheese Grilled Sandwiches. They are a little messy to eat, but SOOOO worth it!
You can also check out this great article on What To Do With Leftover Chili – 20 Great Ideas. With 20 ideas to choose from, there’s no doubt you will find something!
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