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Thick & Hearty Chili

Chili is such an easy food that can be eaten in so many ways. It doesn't have to always be served in a bowl, but that's usually how we like it on the day I make it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • crock pot


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 quarts home canned pinto beans or around 60 oz. store bought is fine
  • 2-4 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin or to taste
  • 8 oz tomato sauce or 15 oz diced tomatoes, if you prefer
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos
  • 1 tsp salt I use pink himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2-3 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  • Brown you ground beef with minced garlic and onion powder, and drain.
  • Return meat mixture to the pan or cooker and add all the rest of the ingredients.
  • If you are using a large stock pot, bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour for the flavors to mesh together. Stir every 10 minutes or so to prevent burning. If you are using a slow cooker, turn it on low for 4 hours.┬áIf you are using the Crock Pot Express, secure the lid, close the steam pressure valve, and use the soup setting to heat your chili (about 30-40 minutes total).
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