Friday, November 15, 2013

Easy Chili Recipe and Crock-Pot® Hook Up™ System

A few weeks ago we asked you on Facebook if you would like to see more Recipes on the blog - and the overwhelming response was yes! But you wanted quick and EASY recipes - and this recipe couldn't get any easier. It's a freezer-friendly chili that can simmer in your slow-cooker all day while you're running around, chauffeuring, cleaning, playing referree, and planning Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts all at the same time. (I'm not the only one, right?)

  • 1 lb. ground beef (I like to use extra-lean)
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans chili beans
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes (fire-roasted are delicious!)
  • 1 (14 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped,
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. garlic, minced


Brown ground beef and drain. Chop onions, peppers and garlic. Add beans, tomatoes and all other ingredients to the Crock-Pot. Stir and cook on LOW for 5 -6 hours. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. It's a low-fat, high-protein meal we love around here. You can add more heat if you like - this recipe is not too spicy for my kids.

When we were contacted about trying the new Crock-Pot® Hook-Up System I was really excited because those yummy fall soups and chilis are much easier to make in a slow cooker. These new Crock-Pots actually hook together to make entertaining a breeze.

There are 3 different configurations, including a round 2-Qt slow cooker, an oval 3.5-Qt slow cooker, and an oval 2 x 1-Qt double slow cooker. You simply plug them in to each other (up to 6 total) and only use one outlet to power all of them at once. The cords even retract into the base for easy storage!

This 3.5 quart size is perfect for our family our family of four. We actually split this recipe and put 1/2 in a freezer bag for another day. If you freeze the chili, it's so easy to just dump the bag into your slow cooker (still frozen) and cook on LOW for 6 hours.

Right now the Crock-Pot® brand is launching its second-annual nationwide search for the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star. Visit from Nov. 6, 2013 – Dec. 6, 2013 to submit your best original party recipe for a chance to be named as the Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star, win $5,000, and be featured on!

You can find more details and enter the contest HERE!

I love having these Hook Ups™ for entertaining but also just for everyday use. My husband is pretty excited to use them for all our traditional Super Bowl treats! What are your favorite things to cook in a Crock-Pot®?

Disclaimer: I received a Crock-Pot® Hook Up™ system to review for this post. All opinions are mine.

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  1. I've been seeing the commercial for these on TV! I'm glad to see a real person has tried them and that they work well. Thanks for the recipe too!

  2. The cord system alone makes me want this!! Too cool!!

  3. This looks like an awesome system. It would be great for larger dinners.

  4. Looks yummy! And what a great system!! So cool!

  5. I just used my crockpot last night- perfect for our crazy sports schedule these days. I need to try your recipe. Looks so good. And I reaaaally want to try out the Hook Up- so cool!

  6. That's a pretty neat device! I love making plain ol' stock in a crockpot. Boring, but delicious all the same!

  7. Wow. This looks great. I love Crock-Pot meals. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Those are totally amazing, and the chili looks super yummy! Going to check them out now!

  9. oh my goodness! I LOVE the hook ups! I've never seen them before...gotta find one to look at! xo

  10. What a fantastic idea, this would make holiday entertaining so much easier!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  11. Wow! Awesome! I am a huge Crock-pot fan. It's a lifesaver for this busy mom!

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

  12. That is super cool! And your chili looks delicious!

  13. I absolutely love chili - I definitely want to try this!

  14. This crockpot "system" would be great for large family dinners-soup night,etc...

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