Game Day Slow Cooker Chili

on December 3 | in Main Dish, Recipes | by | with 7 Comments

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!

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