Friday Night Bites – Crockpot Chili

It’s time for Friday Night Bites, and we’re in the mood for something spicy!

(Re-post because it just that good!)

It snowed a little here this week, for what feels like the first time this winter. Mind you, I’m not complaining – it just makes me feel like cooking some chili. So here is it, some cozy comfort food in a crockpot, an easy road to some ‘Friday Night Bites’. This recipe is super easy so you can host a crowd, without spending a lot of time or money.  Your family and guests will love nothing more than starting the weekend off with comfort food and conversation.  Make up a big pot and serve it with toppings like: cheddar cheese, chopped onion, sour cream, jalapeno peppers and some warm, crispy Italian bread.   You can, of course, serve chili with beer, but give red wine a try – remember it pairs perfectly with the tomato and spice in Italian recipes.  After doing a little research online, I’m going to serve my chili with an Italian-style Sangiovese.  Let me know what you think?

Recipe for Cockpot Chili (here’s the basic recipe my husband works from, he changes it a bit each time)

8 servings, 15 minutes prep time, 7  hours cook time


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Brown beef in a skillet over medium heat, and drain grease.
  2. Add beef to the crockpot, and mix in all of the ingredients with the exception of the cornstarch and water.
  3. Cover and cook 7 hours on Low.
  4. Turn heat up to high and in a separate bowl mix cornstarch and water.  When there are no lumps, add to the chili and stir in well.
  5. Cook uncover until the consistency thickens.

Enjoy and cheers to the weekend!


9 Responses to Friday Night Bites – Crockpot Chili

  1. What a great chili recipe – my hubs loves it, but never has time to make it. Now we can just crock-pot it! Thanks for coming & linking up – hope you’ll be back next week!

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