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Crockpot Chili Creation

March 19, 2012

Last week I had no idea what to make for dinner. I pulled out my crockpot and a frozen package of beef stew meat chunks. I starred at both for a few minutes and then it hit me — chili in the crockpot.

I typically make chili with ground beef on the stove. So I was excited to try something new. I threw the beef into the crockpot first and then added several other typical (and not so typical) chili ingredients. The result: one of the best pots of chili I ever made. Hearty, healthy and delicious!

Crockpot Chili Creation

1 lb. package of beef stew chunks

1 can red kidney beans (drained)

1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)

1/2 cup frozen corn

1 cup frozen sweet potato chunks (crazy, I know, I’ll explain)

3 Tbsp. chili powder

1 Tbsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

Salt and pepper

Place all of the ingredients into the crockpot and mix. Turn on HIGH and let it simmer all day. I stirred the chili throughout the day to make sure the flavors were melting together.

Let me explain the sweet potatoes: I did not set out to put this vegetable in the chili. I always have frozen sweet potato chunks in my freezer that I buy around the December holidays. While I was gathering the frozen corn for the chili, I found the potatoes and thought, This might give the chili a hearty flavor. Lets try it!

I tasted the chili after the potatoes cooked and realized it needed something to bring out the sweet potato taste. So in went the brown sugar. It was EXACTLY what was needed. I also added a bit more salt at this point.

I liked making chili in the crockpot and the stew meat (as opposed to ground beef) gave it a great taste and texture. The cornbread pictured below is an Our Best Bites recipe. It’s delicious and makes a ton. I made it once and froze it in three servings. That should give you plenty for multiple chili dinners.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 1:52 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious Leah! I love all the small appliances which save us time and arthritis pain! My slow cooker, breadmaker, microwave, wok, small oven, blender, electric frypan and waffle maker all receive a regular workout! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

    • March 20, 2012 10:18 pm

      You’re welcome. I want to try a bread maker. That’s one appliance I don’t have.

  2. March 19, 2012 3:36 am

    Looks great. Today- corned beef in the crock pot– never made it on Sat. so it’s dinner tonight.

  3. March 19, 2012 7:50 am

    Pefect rainy weather meal!

    • March 20, 2012 10:18 pm

      Yes, perfect comfort food for the weather we’ve been having.

  4. March 19, 2012 9:48 am

    Um….yum! I have been wanting to make cornbread lately too.

    • March 20, 2012 10:18 pm

      Of course I knew you’d appreciate this recipe with the added sweet potatoes. Gotta love ’em!

  5. March 19, 2012 1:43 pm

    Yummy. Great recipe for ease and simplicity. I love the sweet potato & brown sugar idea. Don’t you just love it when a new and different ingredient works out so well. 🙂

    • March 20, 2012 10:19 pm

      Yes! It was so fun that it worked like that.

  6. March 19, 2012 5:13 pm

    Many of our Texas chili recipes call for chunks of beef instead of ground beef, but I never would have thought of putting the sweet potatoes in with the other ingredients, or the brown sugar. Looks delicious!

    • March 20, 2012 10:19 pm

      Thanks. Honestly, I doubt I would have added the sweet potatoes and sugar if it were a ground beef recipe for some reason. But I’m glad I did it this way. So good!

  7. March 21, 2012 3:51 am

    Corned beef in crock pot was great! I took it out when it was fork soft not crumbly, sliced it and put in fridge for a bit, then heated up in oven- in pan covered with foil.
    Served with sauerkraut, baked beans, salad. Yum, easy and fast dinner. I hardly use my crockpot these days but maybe I’ll start. I made brisket- that too was divine.

  8. March 21, 2012 10:21 am

    Yum! I love crock pot recipes! I usually freeze several batches and take them out once a week. I’ll try this one.

  9. jolinapetersheim permalink
    March 21, 2012 5:40 pm

    I love the way you cook, Leah. It makes it easy to follow your delicious recipes. Thanks for another savory winner!

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