Slow Cooker Chili

Cooking for Kids

Nothing smells better than a chili cooking in the slow cooker on a cold winter day. And it warms my nanny kids tummies for dinner or in their thermos for school lunches. There are hundreds of different types of chili recipes, but the boys I care for love this simple red bean and ground beef chili I adjusted to their liking that I found on southern food at

You can always replace the ground beef with ground turkey and add more vegetables and seasonings depending on the children’s preferences. I add shredded cheddar when serving the hot chili.

You Will Need:

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) baked pork and beans with molasses
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • Garnish: sharp cheddar, shredded

What to Do:

1. Brown the ground beef until browned and drain.

2. Combine ingredients in slow cooker.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 to 12 hours, or for 4 to 6 hours on high.



Photo by Stephanie Felzenberg

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