Main Dishes | Slow Cooker

Classic Chili Con Carne

Classic Chili con Carne is the perfect cold-weather food, it’s comfort food at its best. Cook up a batch to enjoy while watching the big game. Full of vitamins and flavour, it’ll become your go-to chili recipe.

chili con carne

Classic Chili con Carne

This beautiful classic chili recipe is perfectly paired with these easy Baking Powder Biscuits. So make sure to check that out as well, to make one fantastic duo!

When my fabulous and talented group and foodie bloggers and I settled on a ‘Chili’ theme for this weeks recipe, I had to stifle a laugh. Could I really make Chili again after ‘the incident‘?!

Still fresh in memory and most likely still evidence throughout, I wasn’t sure I wanted to go that route again.

That is until we had another week of -40 weather {shaking fists at the sky} and hubby asking, ‘Think we could have Chili tonight?’ … YES! While I could have made my Taco Chili, I was craving the comforting original that made me fall in love with the dish in the first place.

I make this in the slow cooker, but in reality that is for convenience. If you’d rather it be done quicker, cook on the stove top until beans are soft and enjoy!

chili con carne

Fact is, I didn’t have a physical recipe for the Classic Chili con Carne that I have been making for 20 years.

I first learned in the cooking portion of Home Economics class in Junior High and have made it by memory since then after altering it through the years, to taste.

It’s one of those recipes that I could make in my sleep. A no fail, tried and true comfort meal that is full of veggies and beans. 

It was about time I put my recipe to paper and be added to the Recipe Box, perhaps one day my kids will want to make Mom’s Classic Chili con Carne and hopefully get a dose of karma with their own clumsy kids {again, see ‘the incident‘}.

chili con carne

Best Chili Con Carne Recipe Ever!

Chili is the perfect cold-weather food, it’s comfort food at its best. Cook up a batch of this robust chili to enjoy while watching the big game. Full of vitamins and flavour, it’ll become your go-to chili recipe.

Note that this isn’t a spicy Chili, the kids don’t like a ton of spices so we have learned to add it to the end as preferred. So when done, add hot sauce/cayenne pepper/black pepper {and cheese} as desired.

The photos are pictured with my Easy Baking Powder Biscuits, a perfect pair with this chili recipe! This is another recipt that I learned in school and have been making for so many year.

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chili con carne

Classic Chili con Carne

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Classic Chili con Carne is the perfect cold-weather food, it’s comfort food at its best. Cook up a batch to enjoy while watching the big game. Full of vitamins and flavour, it’ll become your go-to chili recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green or yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz can kidney beans
  • 1 16 oz can beans with pork
  • 1 16 oz can whole or sliced Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • Shredded cheese, as a topping
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a pan cook ground beef and onions until thoroughly cooked. Add spices to the last 1 minute of cooking.
  2. Add beef mixture and all the other ingredients to a slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours
  4. Enjoy!

Notes

I make this in the slow cooker, but in reality that is for convenience. If you'd rather it be done quicker, cook on the stove top until beans are soft and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Saturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 844mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 13g

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52 Comments

  1. Those recipes that we have been making forever are always the best yet so hard to put on paper. Beautiful photo as usual.

    1. It was hard to think of all the ingredients, hope I got them all, though it’s very versatile.

  2. I love slow cooker recipes – they take so much pressure off of the dinner hour! Your recipe looks delicious!! And isn’t it amazing how far stuff can fly when dropped – we’ve had a few ‘incidents’ ourselves!! 🙂

    1. Oh … the incidents!!! AHHHH!
      And yes, I adore my slow cooker, could not live without it!!

  3. I was just thinking of breaking out the slow cooker for Sunday, going to try this chili. Thanks! 🙂

  4. My chili recipe changes each time i make it .. lately I have been doing it in the crock pot and replacing beef with ground chicken and/or turkey this post reminds me I am all out .. I like to make a BIG pot and freeze it

  5. I love chili because its easy to make, easy to freeze and serve. Its one of my fave comfort meals. I like to add black beans and corn sometimes too. Dont forget the fresh bread to dip as well as cheese and sour cream to top !

  6. we love Chili in our family and eat it with a bun/bread or on top of potatoes, noodles or French fries

  7. Mmm… we love chili. I like to top it with sour cream and recently made some jalapeno cheddar muffins (gluten free!) to go along with them.

  8. Chili works so well in cold weather! I will make a big pot of it and then we can enjoy it for a few days (although after day 3 we’re kind of done with chili!) Will have to give your recipe a try for sure.

  9. I love this chili recipe.It’s actually pretty close to min but I have started adding a up of chopped celery ad I love it.I think I love the texture of the celery in the chili.Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

  10. Ohmygawd that looks sooooo good… I used to have this all the time when I was little and I miss it now. I’d use this one but I don’t have a slow cooker – is there a way to just let it simmer on the stove because that picture looks like what my Mom used to make.

    M

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  12. It’s chili season around here! I’ve never made it with beans and pork thought. I’ll have to try that next time:)

  13. Wow! I love your recipes and your pictures make me Love them even more! I have been searching the net for slow cooker recipes but now I know where to come to find a good one.LOL

  14. This looks like the recipe my mom always made, except hers was always sans peppers, as I never liked them. I am now exploring some peppers in my mid 50’s, but if they can be omitted in recipes, I will. It’s been a slow turnaround, but I will now order take-out pizza with peppers and eat them.

  15. Just got my first slow cooker and this chili will be my 1st meal cooked in it. It sounds awesome! Thanks Tammy

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