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Oma's Slow Cooker Easy Chili Recipe 

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Want an easy chili recipe? Here's my slow cooker chili -- just put everything in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to dinner! That's quick prep! You can make changes to the main recipe to suit your fancy. Serve it as a soup or thicken to serve it over hot cooked rice. Omit the beans. Add mushrooms (my favorite). Add extra veggies. You choose!

This is surely the easiest way how to make chili. Using a slow cooker means that there's no standing at the stove, stirring for hours to make sure things don't burn. If you really want to make this quicker, you can always do it on the stove. You just do need to stir it frequently so that the chili doesn't settle and burn on the bottom!

Oma's Slow Cooker Easy Chili Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup whole tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 cup ground tomatoes (canned)
  • 2 cups kidney beans (canned), drained
  • 1 cup mushroom pieces (canned), drained (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped green/red peppers (optional)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1½ Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Instructions:

  • Place everything in the slow cooker and stir to mix, breaking up ground beef.
  • Cover and cook on Low for about 5 - 7 hours.
  • Season with extra salt and/or pepper and/or chili powder.
  • If sauce seems too thin, uncover the slow cooker for the last hour and turn to high.
  • Makes 6 servings.

Like the soup above? You'll love looking at and making more of Oma's soups. All so quick and easy!

What makes these soups so wunderbar? They bring back such wonderful memories of my Mutti's kitchen. So, of course, I had to write my own soup e-cookbook to share with my grandchildren. I know you'll LOVE it, too! There are 84 full-color pages filled with step-by-step instructions and hints. Take a quick peek ...

Sharing these soup recipes from my Mutti and Oma to my own young grandchildren ... that's such a delicious way to pass on our German heritage :)

A bit of this and a bit of that ...

  • Add some diced celery, chopped carrots, canned and drained chickpeas.
  • Thicken sauce with cornstarch (dissolve about 2 Tbsp cornstarch in some cold water) and add to simmering sauce.
  • Serve this as a sauce over hot cooked rice.

Chili Facts ...

Usually called Chili con carne, meaning chili with meat, this dish is supposed to be a spicy stew which contains chili peppers, meat, and, depending on taste, tomatoes and/or beans.

There are so many variations for this, from the level of spiciness to the inclusion or exclusion of various ingredients. Where chili originated is a widely contested 'fact' ... with Mexico or Texas being the most likely winners. 

Is chili German? Absolutely NOT!

But, it tastes so good and our family loves it. In fact, I make it quite often, doubling and even tripling the recipe and using a super large pot, so that there will be LOTS of leftovers! And, it freezes well!

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