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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