One dish meals, Recipes, Slow Cooker/Crock Pot

The Best Chili…According to my kids

It has taken me a long time to convince my children that they can eat foods that are all mixed up. It  has only been in the last couple of years that I have been able to serve them chili. Which is a huge relief for me as it is a great meal to make in the crock pot for those busy days when you only have a little time at home before running out again.

I think that they like this recipe because they have had a hand in making it their own. This is a take off of the one that their grandma makes them. No idea if  there is an original recipe or not. It is a recipe that was verbally passed down  and we made changes to suit our likes.


1 can (28oz) of tomatoes diced

1 envelope of onion soup mix

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp chili powder

1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 tsp garlic or 1 clove garlic, minced

2 cups chopped onion

2 (14 oz) can kidney beans with liquid

1 (14 oz) can baked beans in tomato sauce

1 Lb bacon, chopped, fried & drained

1 Lb lean ground beef


Combine first 11 ingredients in 5 quart (5L) slow cooker/crock pot. Stir well.

Add fried and drained bacon to crock pot. Scramble-fry ground beef until well cooked and nicely browned, drain excess fat. Add to the crock pot. Stir. Cover.

Cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 4-4 1/2 hours.

***Can also cook on the stove top if in a hurry. Bring to a boil. lower heat, simmer 20-30 minutes.


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