Spicy slow-cooked chili is a hearty and flavorful dish that’s perfect for warming up on a chilly day. This recipe combines ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and a variety of spices to create a delicious and satisfying chili. Here’s how to make it:
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons chili powder (adjust to taste for spice level)
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste for spice level)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onions for garnish (optional)
- Brown the Ground Beef:
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef until it’s browned and cooked through. Use a wooden spoon to break it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Once browned, drain any excess fat.
- Saute the Onion and Garlic:
- In the same skillet, add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
- Transfer to the Slow Cooker:
- Transfer the browned beef, sautéed onion, and garlic to a slow cooker.
- Add the Beans:
- Add the drained and rinsed kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans to the slow cooker.
- Add the Tomatoes:
- Pour in the crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes with their juices.
- Season and Add Broth:
- Add the beef broth, chili powder, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper to the slow cooker. Stir everything together to combine.
- Slow Cook:
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. This allows the flavors to meld together and the chili to thicken.
- Adjust Seasoning:
- Taste the chili and adjust the seasonings, such as chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, or black pepper, to your desired level of spiciness and flavor.
- Ladle the spicy slow-cooked chili into bowls. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped green onions if desired.
- Serve the chili hot and enjoy your hearty and spicy meal!
This spicy slow-cooked chili is great for gatherings, game days, or when you want a comforting and filling meal. You can customize the spiciness to your liking by adjusting the amount of chili powder and cayenne pepper. It’s even better when served with cornbread or crackers on the side.