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Dear Sundays,

You are really special.

Special because I can vegetate all day - in my pajamas – and I won’t feel an ounce of guilt about it. Special because I can enjoy my girls without even thinking about the sink full of dishes. (Okay, that’s a lie. I can’t stand it when the sink is full!) Special because I can throw food into my slow cooker and create a delicious chili. Special because we, our 4-member family, can finally have a meal together.

Thank you, Sunday, for being you.

P.S. Me thinks you should be 48-hours long.

chili 2 play wp Savory Sundays: Slow Cooker Chili In other exciting Sunday-news, I think I know what you want on this bitterly cold day – Chili. A warm and hearty bowl of slow cooker chili. With sour cream and cheddar cheese on top. Right?! The cold air outside surely isn’t calling for a bowl of ice cream, now is it? But then again, it could be 50-below-zero and I would still opt for a bowl of ice cream. I LOVE that stuff!

About that chili. I think I know the secret to a really really good chili – it takes time, patience, and a whole lotta love. Sure you can make this chili in your beautiful dutch oven in an hour or so, but why bother. Just throw it all in the crock pot, put the lid on, and forget about it. Come back in 6 hours and serve.

chili 6wp Savory Sundays: Slow Cooker Chili

One more secret… cinnamon. Call me cray cray, but I love me some cinnamon in my chili.


Slow Cooker Chili
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Serves: Serves 4 to 6
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-pound ground beef chuck
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can (4 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 2 large carrots, cut into ¼-inch rounds
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in garlic and meat; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until meat is browned.
  4. Remove from heat and put the beef mixture into the pot of your slow cooker.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients, excluding the toppings, to the slow cooker pot.
  6. Set it on HIGH and cook for 3 to 4 hours, or cook on LOW for 6 hours.
  7. Ladle into bowls and top with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.


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  1. Cecilia March 2, 2014 at 4:53 AM - Reply

    I think Cinnamon in the chili is great.
    I added green beans instead of the carrot. And I didn’t find pintobeans here in The Netherlands so I replaced them for limabeans.
    Everybody loved my chili! I tought I made enough to put some in the freezer, but the pot was empty end of the night :-)

  2. Melanie February 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM - Reply

    Excellent recipe! My hubby & I aren’t fans of kidney beans, so I substituted them for just plain old baked beans, and switched the carrot to corn to add a little bit of cruch. Best recipe ever, we were both going back for seconds!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 12, 2013 at 1:51 AM - Reply

    I need to work on making good chilis. As my family (minus me) is not into beans, I have been avoiding cooking food with beans (otherwise I’d end up with eating all the beans!). I crave for chilis, and this looks so good – when I come home from a long day of activities etc, I want this to be on the table… ah, nice dish!!!

  4. Patty February 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM - Reply

    I agree this is one yummy looking bowl of chili-your photos are so vivid and beautiful ;-)

  5. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 11, 2013 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    Love this. . looks delicious. . I have yet to make chili in my slow cooker but you’d better believe I am going to try it now! :)

  6. Valerie February 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM - Reply

    A sinkful of dishes is horrid! Knowing they’re sitting- there- in the sink, feels like a festering sore in the back of my mind. (Yes, I’m neurotic.) :D

    This chili would make me happy- it looks cosy, and happy!

  7. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) February 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM - Reply

    Chili sounds really good in this crappy cold weather. I have always thought Saturdays and Sundays are special. I love chilling at home, baking with my mom, and watching movies. I’ll never tire of that. It makes me sad that one day days like that probably won’t be able to happen one day, hopefully way, way off in the future.

  8. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 10, 2013 at 3:21 PM - Reply

    Oh I love the cinnamon, great idea (so is the throw everything in a slow cooker and forget about it ;))!

  9. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts February 10, 2013 at 2:54 PM - Reply

    I’d love a bowl of this right now, Kate. I love Cincinnati chili (with it’s hint of cinnamon) and think that this recipe would be just delicious.

  10. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog) February 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM - Reply

    Oh I am so with you, pj’s-relaxing-and eating warm cozy food is a perfect Sunday! Your chilli looks delicious! Hubby puts cinnamon in his chilli too, and it is fabulous! Hugs, Terra

  11. Kristy February 10, 2013 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    I think cinnamon is a great addition to chili! And I’m with you – Sunday should last 48 hours. It goes by just way too fast. Great looking slow cooker meal for this weather too. Delicious!

  12. Ramona February 10, 2013 at 7:36 AM - Reply

    You’re not cray cray… I like to add cinnamon stick in my chili. :) Love lazy Sundays…. but tomorrow is Monday. Okay I won’t think that far ahead. :)

    • Kate@Diethood February 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM - Reply

      I know…that’s the only thing that sucks about Sundays… Mondays are only a few hours away. :-P

  13. Nancy R February 10, 2013 at 3:10 AM - Reply

    Mmmm…….this would go pretty nicely with some fresh bread. Definately keeping this for our southern hemisphere winter. Cannot wait to try it. :-)

  14. DessertForTwo February 9, 2013 at 11:21 PM - Reply

    Yum! I think I need a big bowl of this!

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