Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili (our Halloween Tradition!)

Every year on Halloween, my mom would whip up a pot of this chili. It would cook all day and the smell of the chili would fill the entire house. Even today when I smell chili cooking, it takes me back to my childhood and having a warm, full belly before heading out to go trick-or-treating.
Unfortunately not every one in our family loved chili . . . the rule was that you had to finish your bowl of chili before you could go trick-or-treating. Our sister Elyse was never able to join us for the first couple of houses because she was crying over her bowl of uneaten chili. I think that her taste buds have finally evolved and she now makes this chili for her family on Halloween night.
Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili
1 lb ground beef (you could also use ground turkey)
1 onion, diced
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
1/4 cup water
1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans
1 packet chili seasoning mix
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon sugar
Brown ground beef with chopped onion. While they are browning, combine all other ingredients in crock pot. Stir together and add browned hamburger with onion. Cook all day on low or on high for 3-4 hours. Top with shredded cheese and crackers or Frito’s corn chips.
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  1. Erica says

    I made this last night and was disappointed. Mine was so watery that I had to add about 1/4 cup of flour to thicken. I just now saw that you are supposed to drain the kidney beans. Please put that in the actual directions! The chili was lacking some kind of flavor, but I’m unsure what that one flavor is. I am a fan of quite a few of your other recipes so was bummed when I didn’t feel that way about this one.

  2. Denise says

    My friend just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. (also a blog) I just “Liked” his Facebook page and came to your site. It looks terrific. I love when people share blogs with each other. Denise

  3. Michelle says

    So I made this tonight for supper at my 10-year-old son says, ” This is the best meal I’ve ever eaten!” What a compliment! I added a can of chili beans and left out the chili seasoning packet so it wouldn’t be too spicy for him. Very delicious!

  4. Kali says

    I made this last night for dinner and it was DELICIOUS! My mouth watered as soon as I opened the door coming home from work because of how good it smelled mmmm mmmm mmmmmmm!
    I omitted the 3 stalks of celery and added 2 cans of fire roasted diced tomatoes to give it a kick and those were the only adjustments I had made to the recipe. I will definitely be making this again :)


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