Guest Post Recipe: Crockpot Chili

Guest post from Becca over at Manic Mama of 2, she has an awesome recipe for Chili, so I thought she should share it with my readers!

“There is nothing that I hate more than cold weather, well maybe being sick, but that is not the case today! It is the coldest that it has been here in a while in North Carolina, and I felt really badly about my hubby having to go off to work at 6 AM this morning. He was getting dressed and I just looked at him having to put on two pairs of long john pants, a tank top, a thermal shirt, and THEN his Dickies brand work pants and his bright yellow work shirt. Made me feel just a little bad that I get to stay at home with our little one while he goes out in this cold weather.
They are also calling for snow tonight, which is a really rare thing in our area. (I live in the county just above the Outer Banks). My husband works in Norfolk, VA. I am sure many of you are more familiar with that area…maybe. Anyway, I told him that I would have chili in the crockpot when he got home, and you should have seen the look on his face! It was like that was going to be the highlight of his day. So I have to make it good! And of course, in this house, we always have cornbread with our chili. I wanted to share with you all a recipe for some really great chili and then also let you in on a southern secret for cornbread.
Makes 8 servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH
2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 package McCormick® Slow Cookers Chili Seasoning Mix
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) tomato sauce
1. Brown ground beef or turkey in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.2. Place cooked beef, Seasoning Mix, tomatoes, beans and tomato sauce in slow cooker. Stir until well mixed. Cover.3. Cook 8 hours on LOW or 4 hours on HIGH. Stir before serving.
Slow Cooker Tip: For best results, do not remove cover during cooking.
Okay where it says diced tomatoes, I was given a little hint of something different to use to make the chili just all that much better. Use Italian flavored diced tomatoes! It made all the difference. I did not have to add much more spice like I was used to having to because this gave the chili a great little ummpphh! I also don’t use the tomato paste or sauce in mine, I use water. But to each their own! Still turns out great either way, my hubby just thinks it tastes too “tomato-ey”. His words, not mine.

And for cornbread we use…JIFFY!

I add about two to three tablespoons of sugar to the mix to make it oh-so-sweet. That is a good old southern secret that my Daddy taught me when I was younger….and we don’t add real corn to ours. My husband thinks that is utterly disgusting lol
So here is your cold day fix….pull out your crock pot and make some chili and cornbread “



  1. Well how about that…I have been following your blog for a little while now, found you through giveaway entering and I live on the Outer Banks of NC! I had no idea we were so close! 🙂 I didn’t go out in the cold today at all because I have a NASTY cold and I am 39 weeks preggo! I’m really hoping it’s gone before I go into labor!
    I hope you enjoyed your chili and hubby stayed warm at work, as much as possible! Waving at you from your neighboring OBX! 🙂

  2. this recipie sounds delicious…we love chili so i love to try new recipies…thanks for sharing it!

  3. This looks delicious. I love the crockpot and have been looking for a good recipe. I’ll let you know how it turned out.

    Diane Sabatini

  4. I love chili and anything in the crockpot! Can’t wait to try this out this week. We are finally getting some cold weather in Fl and this will be perfect 🙂

  5. william saylor says:

    This looks delish will be trying this.

  6. Vicki Hale says:

    I love anything Crockpot! And Jiffy cornbread is the only cornbread for me! I’m not much for kidney beans, I pick those out lol. thank you for the recipe! Vicki

  7. This recipe looks great! I love using the crockpot and i think it makes chili better!

  8. Jessica says:

    When you use water instead of tomato sauce how much do you use?

  9. Seems to be alot more crock pot recipes online lately. I been using my crock pot more not to.
    This is a good recipe tho I dont know if I could use turkey -they might not like it that way.
    Jiffys corn bread is the best we use that all the time . thanks for the recipe

  10. Robin Wilson says:

    I know it is getting warmer, but I love comfort food year round and chili is one of them. The crockpot version here looks and sound great and easy to make! We LOVE Jiffy cornbread LOL. I make 3 boxes and cook it in a cast iron skillet. Makes the best browned crust!

  11. Sounds super easy! I love chili year round.

  12. cheryl lister says:

    That pot of chili looks delicious. Even though chili is kind of a cold weather meal, useing the crock pot makes it work for the upcoming summer months.

  13. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    Love to make chili in the crockpot, Its easy to clean up and easy to make. My family likes chili too.

  14. Lynda Thomas says:

    This sounds yummy! I love new crockpot recipes! I will have to try this next week. I’m definitely going to add some onions though, I’m a little addicted to onions! Lol!

  15. cheryl lister says:

    You posted this when the weather was cold, but now that it’s summer, this would still be a tasty dinner since the crockpot doesn’t heat up the kitchen! Sounds delicious, topped with some tortilla chips and a dollop of guacamole.

  16. Sherry Compton says:

    Love Jiffy corn bread mix, and I add sugar, too. It just adds to the flavor. Chili is a very versatile dish. There are many delicious ways to make it, and crock pot recipes are great for it. It gets to stew all day in the wonderful seasonings.

  17. Bethanie H says:

    I haven’t made corn bread in ages. I love to add jalapenos to mine or brush the top with a mixture of butter and honey. I’ve been searching for a good crock pot chili recipe, though, so I’m going to have to give this a try!

  18. Yum! I do love my crock pot. There’s nothing like coming home after a busy day to find a warm meal almost ready. Chili is a really good one, as there are so many ways to change it to perfectly fit your family’s taste. I’ve never used Italian spiced tomatos before, and will have to try it!

  19. This may be listed as a cold-weather recipe, but in this July heat, I’m thinking that slow-cooker chili might be just the thing to make without heating up the kitchen. I usually do it on the stove-top, but I feel inspired to try it in my slow cooker for a change–a cool change! Thanks!

  20. Robin Quick says:

    This is the exact recipe I use! My family LOVES it! I sometimes add whole kernel corn to it too! This is a yummy recipe!

  21. My husband has been telling me we need to make our own chili, but I thought it would be too much work. Using a crockpot would definitely help!

  22. Becky Schollian says:

    Oh Boy!! I just got a new crock pot. This would be great fro a first meal. My family are chili fans. We love our chili & corn Bread with lot’s of butter!

  23. I am definitely going to make this! I love making meals in the crock pot.

  24. LINDA Meyers-Gabbard says:

    Sounds so good. Love chili. Never think to make it in the slow cooker. Going to try this recipe

  25. Becky Schollian says:

    Thank you for the recipe. I made this last night for the family and there were no left overs!! YUMMY>Thanks again….

  26. MaryAnn says:

    Looks awesome. I need to try this recipe. My baby is due in October so I need some easy crockpot recipes.

  27. Belinda says:

    Sounds delicious! I can’t wait for cooler weather so we can have chilli. We probably have it once a week during the fall and winter!

  28. Love chili and cornbread! It is a little too hot for it outside right now but it will be deliccious come winter time.

  29. Amanda Deuel says:

    This looks delicious! It’s always a great thing to find a recipe that seems easy to complete as well as tastes great. I like a little spice in my chili and it looks like that would be easy enough to add into this recipe. And I love that you use Jiffy! They are a family favorite. And really, what is chili without cornbread??

  30. We love to put Jiffy mix muffins in our chili. Yummy!! And I add a whole banana pepper that I have sliced it down the middle and taken the seeds and white part out of the middle so it’s not hot and just throw it in there in two big ole pieces until the chili is done. It adds a lot of flavor without the heat.

  31. Julie Wood says:

    Crockpot chili is the best, and this was posted in the wintertime and I would love to have this even though it is summer. I love cooking in the Crockpot because it is so easy!! And this chili recipe is one I like!

  32. Kristina L says:

    We love chili in our house, and it is so easy to make, And a chili is not chili without Jiffy 🙂

  33. Michelle F. says:

    Yum! Love chili with cornbread.

  34. Kassi Peerman says:

    My husband and I make chili throughout the fall and winter… basically once a week. This would be an awesome recipe to try and more convenient than cooking it on the stove.

  35. Gina Hiskes says:

    I’m starting to plan meals for when baby #4 comes in October! This is now on the list. Thanks!

  36. I love making chili with turkey, I’ve never tried it with the crockpot! Great idea and I’m looking forward to making it!

  37. Homemade chili is much better than canned – a totally different flavor. You make your pretty much the same as I do . Tho sometimes I use tomato sauce other times just tomato soup- depends on whats in the cupboard. Great in the crockpot for football parties. As for the corn bread thats the kind I use – we love it .

  38. Ashley Platz says:

    This looks so good! Im excited to make this this winter! Itll be great for warming us up here in Alaska! 🙂

  39. The crockpot is for sure my best friend! Chili is always a favorite with the husband, I’d like to try this recipe out with the ground turkey.

  40. Bethany Saldana says:

    I love chili & cornbread. I had never considered adding sugar to a cornbread mix, but I love it! I like my cornbread sweet, too. 😀

    Looks like this chili recipe is nice & easy. I’ll have to give this one a try.

  41. Love me some chili! And crock pot cooking is always the best!

  42. Can’t wait for the cold weather to set in so I can start making yummy chili!

  43. I am always looking for a new chili recipe and this one sounds so good! I love that it is a crock pot recipe and it seems effortless. As soon as its not 102 degrees here I am making this chili!

  44. Bailey Moomaw says:

    Excited to try this soon! My husband doesn’t like chili but I love it (how’s that for breaking stereotypes?). It’s my favorite food for winter.

  45. I’m always looking for new chili recipes!! my husband loves to eat it while watching football. He thinks I’m so weird because I like cornbread with mine!! He prefers tortilla chips! This recipe looks easy to make and yummy!

  46. Shannon Lucas says:

    I’ve been looking for a good chili recipe for my crockpot-I will definitely be trying this one! Also, I use the Jiffy cornbread mix, too! Cornbread and chili are the perfect cold day combo!

  47. Today is the first day of Fall, which means that I get to grab out my crockpot for my favorite easy mode of meal prep. I love soups and chilis, so you better believe I’ll be trying this one out soon!

  48. tiffany dover says:

    This sounds amazing and sounds like it’ll turn out way better than my crock pot chili. My hubby loves my chili but I think I’m going to try this next week sometime since it’s finally getting colder here in Arkansas. Let’s see if he notices the difference!

  49. Leah Lenk says:

    This sounds amazing! I love using my crockpot, especially on cool fall days 🙂

  50. md kennedy says:

    I so love theidea of crockpot, slow-cooker recipes, and this one sounds yummy. My grandmother lived with her crockpot always on the counter. I wish I had one!

  51. Julie Wood says:

    This is an easy and delicious chili recipe to make in the Crockpot. I would use turkey meat and make this healthy buy adding some green peppers. But I really like this recipe!

  52. Chili is one of my all time favorites. I love it with different peppers and beef tenderloin in it. My husband has an excellent recipe.

  53. Jessilee Raub says:

    Love this, i like chilli and this doesnt look too spicy as well as the convience of being in a crock pot. Thanks for sharing.

  54. cheryl lister says:

    I like your idea of adding some extra sugar too the cornbread. Sweet cornbread with salty chili, all in the slow cooker!

  55. Chili and cornbread…nothing more hearty to warm the body and soul! I need to get me a slow cooker! As for the cornbread, my hubs is not a fan either but I love it…so we compromise with maple whipped butter. 🙂

  56. Maria Iemma says:

    We love chili and cornbread, specially during the winter months. My crock pot sits on my counter ready to cook at all times. I am going to make this chili for the Super Bowl party I am hosting.

  57. This looks awesome would to have some right now as cold as it is outside

  58. cheryl lister says:

    It’s been a while since I made a pot of chili. Now that the weather is cold, this would make a perfect dinner to come home to.

  59. I love chili, summer or winter doesn’t matter to me. I have never cooked it in a crock pot but I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing. Sounds and looks delicious. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture.

  60. It sounds delicious and is easy to make. I love my crock pot it makes things so much easier.

  61. Thank you for sharing this recipes with us. Have a nice day.

  62. My daughter uses the McCormick chili seasoning mix and loves it. I have never tried it before but this sure sounds great and looks delicious. Love anything in the crock pot!

  63. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  64. M.Clark says:

    The chili looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing this great recipe. What you said about the corn bread is funny.

  65. We don’t use a mix for chili.We use fresh tomato, several different peppers and vegetables. Ground beef and beef tenderloin when we have it. My husband makes excellent chili. I’m not quite sure of all the different spices he adds. I know we never have leftovers.

  66. Chili is one of my favorite meals. And, it tastes better after it sits for a day. My husband likes corn bread. I think it tastes okay. I don’t like the texture.

  67. Jodi Hunter says:

    I love crock pot chili, I am going to try this recipe for sure.

  68. I enjoy chili, especially on a cold day. I don’t cook, but everything we have is made from scratch. Luckily ny husband is an excellent cook.

  69. So easy and so good. Love slow cookers.

  70. We love Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix. This chili recipe sounds really dood.

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