January 13, 2014

Crockpot Cheater Chili from DizzyBusyandHungry.com

Crockpot Cheater Chili

by Kristin King — Categories: crock pot, entree — Tags: , , , 11 Comments


Crockpot Cheater Chili from DizzyBusyandHungry.com


Brrrrrr, this cold weather really makes me crave a steaming hot bowl of hearty, zingy chili!  But, I have to be honest, I am not always up for chopping all those veggies.  It is a lot of work, and even though there is a big payoff in the form of yummy homemade chili, sometimes I just don’t make it because of the time and effort involved.  Call me lazy, or call me just a busy mom trying to fit it all in (in reality it is probably a little of each!), but either way, I am totally on board if there is a way to ‘cheat’ and get awesome homemade chili with minimal effort. One simple ingredient ended up being the solution to all my chili woes, and the best part is that it is nothing fancy…I usually have it on hand in my pantry!

The simple ingredient is…..drumroll please…..chunky salsa!  It already contains the chopped veggies, and it totally enhances the flavor of the chili.  Brown the ground beef, add some beans and spices, and you are well on your way to an awesome home-cooked meal with minimal effort.  Of course, you can also add other vegetables if you like; as with any chili, there are so many ways to customize!

Family report on this dish:  DH and Thing 1 loved it, as I would expect.  Thing 2 ate it willingly, although he tried to pick out the beans.  He really liked the rest of it, though!

Thing 2 rating = 3 out of 5 biscuits small  (3 out of 5 biscuits).  I bet if I didn’t add the beans, I would get a 4!  :-) 


4.0 from 1 reviews

Crockpot Cheater Chili
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Chili without the chopping chore. Cheating? Maybe. Delicious? YES!
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I use extra lean to minimize fat)
  • 1 large onion, chopped (I buy onion already chopped when I want to make it even easier!)
  • 32 ounces chunky salsa (your favorite)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili beans in sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
optional toppings:
  • shredded cheddar, sour cream, cilantro for topping
  1. Brown the ground beef.
  2. Add the ground beef and remaining ingredients to the crock pot.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Nutrition information is approximate. Your results may be different due to different brands/products and measuring differences.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅙ of recipe Calories: 337 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 36 Sugar: 15 Sodium: 1969 Protein: 36



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  1. Meg says:

    I’ve done that to make taco meat — I never thought of just serving it in a bowl and calling it chili! Brilliant idea!
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  2. For me, the more beans, the better for my chilli. My wife makes one that uses a pound of ground beef (actually we are using ground turkey instead these days, it’s actually cheaper), and six cans of tomatoes and beans.
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  3. I am all about saving time, Kristin, and you are not allowed to call it lazy! lol.
    Great recipe. Dinner can still be substantial without spending hours on it. Thanks for sharing.
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  4. We LOVE chili at our house, and I love the idea to “cheat”. :) Thanks for sharing!
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  6. […] of the 6 cans and when you come home, dinner is ready. A couple weeks ago, Kristin shared her Crockpot Cheater Chili. She used salsa as her base. I’ll admit that’s an interesting idea, but it […]

  7. Britni says:

    Such a creative idea to use the chunky salsa! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

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  8. Cathy says:

    Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week!
    Have a terrific week!

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