Gathering the Ingredients
To make slow cooker chili, you will need a variety of ingredients. Here is what you will need:
- 1 pound of ground beef or turkey
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 2 cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preparing the Meat
To start, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef or turkey and cook until browned. Stir in the chopped onion and minced garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
Combining the Ingredients
Next, transfer the cooked meat mixture to your slow cooker. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, chopped bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Stir well to combine all of the ingredients.
Cooking the Chili
Once everything is combined in the slow cooker, cover with the lid and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours, or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours. The longer the chili cooks, the more flavorful it will become.
Serving and Optional Toppings
Once the chili is cooked to your liking, it is ready to be served. Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with your choice of toppings. Some popular chili toppings include shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, and diced avocado.
Making slow cooker chili is a simple and delicious meal option. By following these steps and using the suggested ingredients, you can create a flavorful chili that is perfect for a cozy evening at home. Enjoy!