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Game Day Slow Cooker Chili

Game Day Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

It’s college game day, as evidenced by my husband waking me up bright and early singing the college game day song {we’re comin, to yo citay}, clapping way too loudly, and letting me know he’d laid out all the ingredients for his favorite chili “for me” – how sweet! Nothing says fall like sitting on the couch on a Saturday afternoon with my man, watching a football game, drinkin a beer, and the smell of a slow cooker full of simmering chili.

This recipe fills my massive slow cooker, so we eat what we can and freeze the rest in our Chinese to-go soup containers. I’ve never liked chili until this recipe and now I LOVE it, possibly because the only chili I’d ever tried before came from a jar and was poured over a hot dog lol. I’ve made this recipe SO many times and I just can’t get enough. My husband gets an attitude if I don’t make it for him every couple of months or so It takes a pile of ingredients, but it’s pretty easy to make if you lay everything out first and have a good chopper!

Servings: 12

2 pounds ground beef chuck
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in spicy sauce
2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 green chile peppers, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon bacon bits
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 cup beer
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 (10.5 ounce) bag corn chips such as Fritos
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese


1. Brown sausage and beef chuck in a deep dish skillet over medium heat and drain the excess grease.

2. Add meat and all remaining ingredients into the slow cooker. I use a full bottle of beer and I’m a little heavy handed on the ingredients that taste great with a meaty chili including the Worcestershire, beef bouillon, chili powder, cumin, and Tabasco.

3. This recipe is heaping in my 6.5 quart slow-cooker and nearly impossible to stir until the veggies wilt down a little. Simmer on high for 2 hours and then reduced heat to low for another 4 hours.

This chili is so easy and so good! It smells so amazing and now I’m so hungry!

recipe – altered from AllRecipes.com.

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