Slow Cooker Chili's Secret Ingredients

One great thing about chili is it’s hard to mess up and it can go with so many meals or easily served as the main dish. As a busy mom, one of my favorite ways is to cook the chili slowly, in our crockpot. Not only does it allow all the flavors to really become one, but it requires minimal effort and less mess!

There are definitely some weird things people add to chili. For example, I’ve seen jam, pickle juice, syrup, and more. But I promise you, our ingredients aren’t anything crazy but do make a difference once added.

One great thing about chili is it’s hard to mess up and it can go with so many meals or easily served as the main dish. As a busy mom, one of my favorite ways is to cook the chili slowly, in our crockpot.

So what exactly do we put into our chili? 

So what exactly do we put into our chili? 

Ground Beef

Ground Beef

Feel free to substitute with the meat of your choice. I know some prefer ground turkey or even bits of chopped up bacon. However, ground beef is the way we like to go. I usually opt to go lean as we don’t like a lot of the fat/grease.

Garlic

Garlic

Garlic makes everything taste better. Whether you want to use fresh garlic or get it already minced, you can’t go wrong!

Yellow Onion

Yellow Onion

I’ll be honest, we aren’t huge onion fans in our house, but adding onion really makes a difference. Once you cook them up, you really can’t taste them in the chili. Just make sure to chop them up finely.

Chili Powder

Chili Powder

I mean, how can you not? Part of the chili flavor comes from that delicious chili seasoning.

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