Slow Cooker Chili #WhatsCooking

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If there is anything I am really not good at, it is planning my meals.  More often than not I find myself standing in front of the freezer at 4:30 pm…wondering just what I am going to feed my kids.  If you’ve been a long time reader, you’ll know that more than once I have tried to change this habbitual act, I even created a meal plan printable to put on the fridge, but even that didn’t work (for me anyway – I’m sure many of you are putting it to good use!) Someday this will change…someday I will be organized enough to know what I’m having for dinner when I get up in the morning.

One day last week I had a little taste of what life would be like if I was this organized.  I knew I wanted to make a pot of chili, I had been craving the delicious flavors of spicy chili over warm buttered bread, but I also knew that tackling chili on a day when my to-do list was a mile long seemed crazy.  So instead of putting a pot on the stove at noon…I pulled out my slowcooker directly after sending my big kid off to school.  That was the best thing I did for myself this week!

At 8am I was browning meat and chopping veggies, opening cans of tomato sauce and beans.  By 8:30am my dinner was complete!  Or at least my part of it!  The rest was left up to my fantastic slow cooker! I just threw it all in, placed the lid on top and walked away!  (Why don’t I do this more often??)

Over the next year, I will be working with Kraft – What’s Cooking to help bring you fantastic meal ideas to share with your family.  This Chili recipe that I made is the first of what I am sure will be a delicious year!

Chili 4

Slow Cooker Hearty Beef Chili


  • 1-1/2 lb. (675 g) extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (19 fl oz/540 mL each) mixed beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 can (14 fl oz/398 mL) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn ( I switched out the corn for mushrooms and peppers)
  • 1 cup Kraft Tex Mex Light Shredded Cheese


BROWN meat; drain. Add to slow cooker with all remaining ingredients except cheese; stir. Cover with lid.

COOK on LOW 5 to 6 hours (or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours).

STIR just before serving. Serve topped with cheese.

Click Here to see the full recipe on the Kraft What’s Cooking Page and read Tips & Tricks on making this delicious meal!

 Disclaimer: I am a part of the Kraft What’s Cooking influencer program.  All opinions are my own.

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  1. That looks awesome! I love using my slow cooker now that the weather is so much colder. It’s great to come home to a nice hearty hot meal.

  2. I’ve never made chili in a slow cooker, but I think I will now! This sounds delicious and perfect for a cold evening meal!


  3. I absolutely love Chili. I usually put it on rice though. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love chili in cold weather. I will have to try this recipe as it sounds great!

  5. I love chili especially this time of year. I made a big pot earlier this week. Maybe I’ll try the slow cooker next time.

  6. Doris Calvert says:

    I have never made chili in a slow cooker but I do know the longer it cooks the better it tastes, I am definately going to try it!

  7. Angela Mitchell says:

    I have the same problem. I try to plan ahead with charts, lists, weekend shopping but I stil manage to find myself staring at the fridge in a panic. Slow cooking is the only thing that has really helped me.

  8. I love the idea of adding salsa! I never thought of that.

  9. Slow cookers are the perfect winter kitchen accessory.

  10. Your chilli looks awesome and i love that you make it in the slow cooker.

  11. Sounds delicious, especially with the added salsa! Perfect for the cold weather!

  12. I love a good chili this time of year. Thanks for this recipe!!

  13. This sounds like a great comfort food recipe. We love chilli in our house.

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I do wish that I liked chilli but I’m afraid I don’t like anything that’s at all spicy (as in hot). I think my mouth must be extra sensitive as I get a burning mouth when other insist that it’s really mild.

  15. I’m terrible at meal planning too, but Winter months, I swear by my crock pot! Your chili looks delicious!

  16. random.. but i love that you put sour cream on it!

  17. I love making chilli in the crockpot. I usually have a pot going for those who stop by cHRISTmas eve. Thank you for sharing!

  18. sarah j jackson says:

    alright ! this is for me I am also a stand in front of the fridge / freezer / cupboards every day person and have tried to change it a billion times ! yay for slow cooker meals !!

  19. Mmmm! Slow cooker Chili sounds like a great idea for a weeknight meal this week. Supposed to get really cold this week! Thanks for sharing!

  20. This looks delicious. Chili is my favourite thing to make in a slow cooker.

  21. I love using my slow cooker and always make my chili in it as it is so easy.

  22. Darlene Schuller says:

    mmmm that looks fabulous, I love Chilli!

  23. Lindsay Cyr says:

    This looks so good! I am definitely pinning this to make sometime soon!

  24. Tracie virgin says:

    Love slow cookers

  25. I Love my slow cooker….not a chili fan though :(

  26. Elaine Laforge says:

    We have several different dietary needs in our home, from gluten free, dairy free, diabetes etc. I just realised last week that chili is the only meal all 7 of us can eat :)

  27. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    Sounds like an easy chili recipe. I am a big fan of my slow cooker in the winter. I am the same day planner when it comes to meals, I have tried planning in advance but I never stick to it.

  28. Cassie Fancy says:

    Sounds so easy :0 I always say I am going to make chili in my slow cooker and never do . I am going to do it this time lol

  29. kelly young says:

    i love chili i will be trying this thx

  30. Dawn Monroe says:

    The great part about chili is the leftovers. My kids like it on hotdogs the next day.

  31. My family loves chili and I make it quite often, but I’ve never thought to make it in the slow cooker! Great idea, especially for work days! Thanks for the tip!

  32. There is nothing like Chili on a cold day. I like to serve it in a bread bowl or over homemade macaroni. This recipe look so yummy.

  33. Michelle armstrong says:

    I’ve never made chili. Definitely going to try it in the crock pot.

  34. Holly Messana says:

    Every time I tried to make chili in my slow cooker it would always burn. I stopped making it, but i wonder if maybe it is the slow cooker itself that wasn’t working right. Chili is one of our favorite winter dinners.

  35. I could so go for a big bowl of this right now

  36. I just made a large pot of chili! I add finely shopped peppers to mine. Also, top with Parmasean cheese.

  37. Crystal Englot says:

    I love make a big pot of chili in my slow cooker especially now when the weather has turned so drastically cold! This looks so delicious and now I am craving Chili! LOL

  38. I could use this chili right now! It’s freezing here and I’m hungry!

  39. Corn with chili is my favorite. Thanks for the recipe.

  40. We love slow cooking chili. I like your recipe, the salsa is a nice twist.

  41. sounds yummy!

  42. Victoria Ess says:

    Sounds good! I love chili, especially because it’s so versatile and you can add lots of veggies that you have in the fridge!

  43. I need to use my slow cooker more often and this would be a perfect dish to make in it!

  44. I have never made chilli as I dont like it but my kids do so in a slow cooker YES I will try this

  45. Darlene Schuller says:

    oh dear gawd my taste buds exploded looking at this!! thank you so much for sharing!

  46. Debbie W-B says:

    This recipe sounds really good and really easy. I’ll definitely try this.

  47. Great recipe to try this weekend!

  48. JaimeeM says:

    I love using my slow cooker super simple to cook with, put it all in and leave it for a couple hours! BAM. Food.

  49. I love a good chili on a cold Fall night! this one looks good.

  50. I love doing my chili in the crockpot

  51. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing,never ad chilli with rice before

  52. Suzie M says:

    I know its summer but this looks yummy

  53. Mmmmmm, it’s that time of year again for cooking chili and casseroles, cooking chili in the slower cooker is so awesome, and the smell wafting through the home, will make anyone hungry as soon as they come in through the door!!!

  54. nothing beats home cooked food and a chilli

  55. Jeff Skidmore says:

    With winter hitting us right now, this is the perfect recipe to make this weekend! And it freezes great too!

  56. Amy Lovell says:

    This looks delicious thanks! Will def be making this

  57. kathy downey says:

    I love the idea of adding salsa,I make homemade salsa.I will add a bottle next time

  58. Laurie P says:

    I haven’t done chili in a long time….great recipe you’ve got, love the addition of salsa, so flavorful. And hearty!

  59. perfect time of year for this, sounds like tomorrows dinner

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