Spicy ground beef, slow cooker, award winning chili! Just brown the ground beef, put it in a slow cooker, add some delicious beans, veggies, and spices and cook! Simple, easy, delicious!
Award Winning Chili
Ok, it was a fourth place award for a chili contest at my husband’s work, but still an award is an award, right? I believe it was 4th out of 37. Do you want to know the secret ingredient in my chili? Of course you do! V-8 juice! I started putting it in my chili years ago simply because although I like some diced tomatoes in chili, I don’t like a lot of them. I still wanted the tomato flavor though. I also put in a cup of tomato. I’ve liked both V-8 and tomato juice since I was very little and even my daughter who won’t touch anything with tomatoes in it will drink both! Okay, I realize that is not like a really major secret ingredient, but I swear it’s what makes this chili different.
I make my award winning chili recipe at least four times a year, often for big football games like the playoffs or Super Bowl. My husband is a Steelers fan, I stopped trying to pay attention to football a while ago, haha!
We like our chili extra spicy, but if you don’t just leave out the optional ingredients.
- 3 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 jalepeno pepper, sliced (optional)
- ½ of a green pepper, diced
- 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 2 19 ounce cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 5-6 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1 cup V-8 juice
- 1 cup tomato juice ( I always use Campbells)
- pinch Cayenne pepper ( optional)
- a couple of dashes each red and green Tabasco sauce (optional, or to taste)
- 1 can or bottle beer ( I have always just used Coors Light, a stronger flavored beer will result in a different taste)
- Brown ground beef and drain well. Pour into a large crock pot and add remaining ingredients, stir well. Cook on low 8-10 hours or on high 4-6 hours. I usually do mine on high for around 5 hours. If your making it on the stove instead bring it to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least 2 hours.