Fire Up Your Slow Cooker

Beat the winter chill with chili.

If you’re like me (lazy and a delicate flower who easily gets cold), nothing beats a hot, hearty chili during the winter. One (or in this case three) you can prepare in a slow cooker makes it even better. If you don’t like beans in your chili (what?!?), these recipes are not for you.

Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili
Serves at least 4

I first made this delicious dish for a camping trip my family went on with 5 other families. It was a big hit, if I do say so myself.

3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth (I use cubes and water)
3 15 oz. cans cannellini beans, undrained
2 cans chopped green chilies
2 cups frozen corn (I used fresh corn we’d frozen during the summer)
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 dashes cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy; my 5-year-old does not)
Chopped cilantro, optional
Shredded Monterey Jack and corn chips for topping, not optional IMHO

Cut chicken into cubes. (If you feel like doing a little extra work in the end, cook the breasts whole and shred with two forks once chili is finished for a more rustic look.) Add to slow cooker along with onion, garlic, beans, broth, chilies, cumin and cayenne. Stir to mix, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8. Add corn during the last ten minutes to heat through (I thawed mine first, but you don’t have to). Ladle into bowls, stir in cilantro, and sprinkle with cheese and corn chips. Dig in! If you like a thicker chili, consider using 1 cup less broth and/or mashing up some of the beans.

Easy Turkey Chili requires a little more prep; the ground turkey and onions have to be cooked in a fry pan before going into the crock. Reviewers suggest using cannellini beans instead of chickpeas and adding a few spices to jazz it up a bit based your family’s preferences.

For a no-meat version, make a batch of this
Very Veggie Chili Recipe that includes carrots and zucchini. To add a little smokiness, try this unique trick: stir in a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Serve over brown rice for an interesting change.

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Peggie L.
Chili's not just for chili. Ever had chili chocolate? If you're a spice lover, put just a tiny PINCH in of chili powder in your hot chocolate and see what you think!
Rekha J.
Tell us your thoughts... (and remember, it is all about the details)
Leslie D.
I will definitely have to try that ground turkey chili!
Brandi C.
Chili makes everything better! French fries, hot dogs...on and on!!
Melissa B.
I will def try this chili recipe, thanks for sharing!
Anneliis M.
I've loved every single kind of chili that I've tasted. My husband makes his chili in the crock-pot and it turns out different but still good every time. He always mixes it up with something added or taken away. But his big secret to every one of his chili recipes is to add some chocolate to the mix. It gives the chili a smooth texture and dumbs down the spiciness for me a little. He loves anything really spicy and I just like a little spice so he makes it to my taste and then adds hot sauce and more spices to his portions.
Rena G.
Chilli on rice tastes good to me and it is better than just eating plain rice.
Donna B.
I love my slower cooker. I use it on any meal I can convert. Meats cooked slow are always better. My favorite is probably the pulled pork we make in. Yummmmm
Angel C.
there are so many different recipes you can make with a slow cooker.You can even make cornbread!!
Melissa Beth J.
I love to use my slow cooker! Makes life so much easier. Tons of good recipes out there