The Ultimate Slow Cooker Chili With Ground Beef And Sausage: Hearty, Flavorful, And Easy

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This recipe isn’t just for chili lovers, it’s for anyone who craves a hearty, flavorful meal that practically cooks itself. A slow cooker chili with ground beef and sausage is a delicious and effortless way to enjoy a satisfying dinner without spending hours in the kitchen.

This chili is packed with protein from the ground beef and sausage, and brimming with vegetables for a complete and balanced meal. Plus, the slow cooker magic allows the flavors to develop beautifully, resulting in a rich and satisfying chili that everyone will love.

Crock Pot Sausage-Beef Chili
Crock Pot Sausage-Beef Chili

Why You’ll Love This Slow Cooker Chili

Easy and convenient: Throw everything in the slow cooker and let it do its thing! Perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

  • Flavorful: The combination of ground beef, sausage, and a variety of spices creates a deep and complex flavor profile.
  • Hearty and satisfying: This chili is packed with protein and vegetables, making it a complete and satisfying meal.
  • Customizable: You can easily adjust the spice level to your preference and add your favorite toppings.
  • Budget-friendly: This recipe uses simple and affordable ingredients.

  • Ingredients (Serves 8-10)

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage (casings removed)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies (undrained)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped red onion, avocado slices (optional, for toppings)

  • Directions

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and sausage, and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Drain off any excess grease.

    2. Transfer the browned meat to the slow cooker. Add the chopped onion, bell peppers, jalapenos (if using), and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until softened. Scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

    3. Add the softened vegetables to the slow cooker along with the crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper (if using). Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

    4. Stir everything together to combine. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, or until the chili is thickened and the flavors have melded.

    5. Once the chili is cooked through, taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

    6. Serve the chili hot, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro (optional), and your favorite toppings such as shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped red onion, and avocado slices.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

    Note: This is an approximate nutritional calculation and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 10g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Conclusion

    This slow cooker chili with ground beef and sausage is a delicious and easy way to enjoy a hearty and satisfying meal. It’s perfect for chilly nights or anytime you’re craving a comforting and flavorful dish. With minimal prep work and slow cooker magic, you can have a delicious dinner ready with little effort. So grab your favorite bowl and cozy up to this ultimate slow cooker chili!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef and sausage?