Lesson Learned Crockpot Chili

Hey friends!

To start off, all of my recipes are super EASY. Many of them make great meals for people learning to live on their own, or they are just something simple to make.

Second, majority are not striving to be healthy meals that’ll help you drop weight. They’re just easy and taste great.

Third, I suck at cooking and I can even make this. If I can, anyone can.

Crockpot Chili:


  • 1 lb Ground Beef (browned)
  • 1 (15 oz) can of dark kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 (15 oz) can of chili beans
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet mild chili seasoning
  • 2 cups of water
  • chili powder
  • Optional: Cheese and/or brown sugar.


  1. Brown the ground beef
  2. Drain the beans
  3. Combine and stir the ground beef, kidney beans, chili beans, seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce and water in a crockpot
  4. Sprinkle in brown sugar and/or chili powder if desired
  5. Set crockpot on low for 8 hours
  6. After 8 hours you may add cheese while serving.

I never heard of putting brown sugar in chili until Wade came along, makes it a little sweeter.

I should tell ya’ll a story about my first time making chili…It was about a year ago and I found a “simple” recipe on Pinterest for crockpot chili. I was really excited to use it, even though I didn’t know what half the ingredients even were.  I never cooked before moving on my own. Majority of our meals the first year consisted of frozen pizza and take out.

So there I was with my little shopping cart being a boss in the supermarket, throwing things in like I knew what I was doing. I had absolutely no idea and just guessed what things were.

I got home and attempted to follow the directions. Eh, so I was a little off. Whatever. Dumped the ingredients in the crock pot and wished for the best of luck… about an hour later I come into the kitchen smelling cookies.

I’m not making cookies btw, it’s the chili. Apparently I screwed up on the seasoning..I figured I could fix it by dumping garlic salt in?? Yeah idk, just go with it.

So I did a little taste test to see if the garlic helped and oh god it was awful. I waited for Wade to get home to try it….maybe my taste buds are just out a whack.

He walks in the door and asks if I’m baking cookies…I was in tears, not sure whether to cry or laugh my ass off. So I proceeded to force a spoonful down his throat and he spit it out. Needless to say, the dog wouldn’t even eat it… and I didn’t attempt to make chili for about 6 months out of fear.

Moral of the story here….USE RECIPES YOU CAN UNDERSTAND! Lesson learned and I now use the recipe above…doesn’t taste like cookies 😉




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