I love when the temperatures finally begin to drop and you can smell fall in the air. Even the light changes, giving everything a warm golden hue. As summer turns to fall, it ushers in one of my family’s favorite things – College Football. Game day parties are a great way to gather friends and cheer on your home teams while enjoying time together. Now, no game day would be complete with out game day food and one of our cherished traditions is piping hot slow cooker chili.
I purchased Hurst Slow Cooker Chili Beans from my local Publix and followed the recipe on the package.
Here is what you will need for the slow cooker chili:
1 15.5oz Package Hurst Slow Cooker Chili Beans
1 lb. ground beef
1 white onion diced
3 cloves garlic diced
1 green pepper diced
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 can or box diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
7 cups water or beef stock
Salt to taste
To Prepare Slow Cooker Chili:
I like these slow cooker beans because they don’t require pre-soaking. Simply rinse and then sort through and discard any unwanted debris. Brown the ground beef and drain off any grease. Then pour the beans and ground beef into the slow cooker together.
While the beef is cooking you can prepare the other fresh ingredients by dicing up the peppers, garlic and onion. Then dump those into the slow cooker as well. The Hurst Slow Cooker Chili beans come with a seasoning packet. You will add HALF the packet at this point. Next add 7 cups of either water or beef stock. I used a combination of both. (DO NOT add the tomato ingredients yet)
Set the slow cooker to low and cook for 8-9 hours. Yoou can also run on high for 4-5 hours, but I’m going to be really honest. When it comes to slow cooker chili, that long low heat really is what brings out the flavor.
After the initial cooking period (low or high whatever you chose), add the diced tomatoes and the tomato paste and then cook on low for another 30-60 minutes.
Keep the slow cooker chili on warm until you are ready to serve. The longer on warm the more the chili will thicken and the flavor will intensify. I actually did the first round of slow cooking overnight, added the tomato ingredients in the morning, and then left it on warm all day until supper time.
Add any toppings that your family likes, such as cheese, chopped onions, sour cream, avocado. For a game day party you can even make a chili bar with the slow cooker and serving spoon at the front of the table and bowls and spoons for everyone and then all the toppings laid out across the table for guest to choose from. Chili is also great on Nachos, so another option for game day or a way to use leftovers for another meal later in the week!
You can head on over to the Hurst Beans website to print this slow cooker chili recipe and to get other great slow cooker meal ideas!
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What are your favorite toppings for slow cooker chili?
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