Best Homemade Chili with Video

Best Homemade Chili in Crock-Pot or Dutch Oven

The video of this chili was made using a cast iron dutch oven but I often make it in my crock-pot.

Homemade Chili is the perfect food for a cold winter day.  Most of the time when I prepare this chili, I brown the ground beef and then transfer it to my crock-pot and add the rest of the ingredients.   The crock-pot does the rest without me having to do anything.  Dinner is ready to serve with little effort, this is perfect for a really busy day.  I know life can get extremely busy.  Remember, I have five children including one child with Cerebral Palsy and seizures, 2 children with RAD, a child still doing physical therapy because of major knee surgery, a husband who works out-of-town a lot, and 3 dogs.  When we think our plate is full, we get one more thing added, and we wonder how we are going to get it all done.  Well, this week has been one of those weeks.  My smallest baby is a 6 pound poodle named Reese, who has been very sick lately.  Thanks to Aunt Marsha who told us it could be diabetes, I took her to the vet yesterday and he confirmed it.  She does have diabetes.  I now find myself catching her potty several times a week to monitor her blood sugar for insulin.  I know some of you are thinking, “Do I really need to give a dog insulin?”  I asked myself the same question but Reese has given me 10 years of unconditional love.  She is the sweetest lap dog ever.  I de-stress a lot of days by rocking Reese and talking to God.  So, I think a little extra work to keep her healthy is well worth it.  The veteririan said, as long as she takes her insulin, Reese will live for several more years.

Best Homemade Chili in Crock-Pot or Dutch Oven

This chili is wonderful and easy to make in both a cast iron dutch oven and a crock-pot.

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Reese is the one I am holding with the Pink Bandana.

Anyway, I know life gets busy, so use your crock-pot more often.   You may enjoy reading my post about organizing your meals and grocery list, and most importantly do not forget to pray especially about your busy schedules. 

Everyone has their favorite Chili recipe.  I like this recipe because my kids say this Chili is kid friendly. Sometimes, if I make Chili too spicy or put chunks of tomato or bell pepper in it, they pick at it.  You can serve it in a bowl with cheese, sour cream, and chips or my favorite way with cornbread.  You could also serve it in a bread bowl.  When you reheat it for leftovers serve it on hot dogs or over a baked potato with shredded cheese for a new meal.  Use some Chili to make a Chili and cheese dip.  There are lots of ways to serve it, just fix a crock-pot full of Chili today.

Chili Recipe

  • Best Homemade Chili with Video

    Best Homemade Chili with Video


    • 2 pounds of ground beef (browned)
    • 1 pound of ground sausage
    • 2 - 15 ounce cans of dark kidney beans
    • 1 - 15 can of light kidney beans
    • 1 large chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup of salsa
    • two 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
    • 1 (15 ounce) can water
    • 1 TB brown sugar
    • 2 tsp ground cumin
    • 2 TB chili powder
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp oregano
    • 1 tsp basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


    1. Brown ground beef and sausage.
    2. Add seasonings including cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper.
    3. Add onions, beans, salsa, tomato sauce, water, and brown sugar and simmer on low for at least an hour.
    4. If using your crock-pot, cook on low 4 to 6 hours.
    5. If using your stock-pot, simmer for 1 hour.
    6. Garnish with cheddar cheese and sour cream.
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  • Nathan January 14, 2014, 4:38 PM

    Im making this now, in my crock pot….let me tell you it smells so amazing! I had to sneak a little taste and I can’t wait to eat more of it! Im sure ill be having leftovers for days! Thanks!

    • dianeroark January 14, 2014, 5:01 PM


      I am so glad the chili is smelling good. We really love it. One of my 17 year old sons eats it on EVERYTING including hot dogs, Hamburgers, baked potatoes, nachos, and more. You can have a different meal daily with it.
      I hope you enjoy it. Please let me know what you think. We are trying to eat healthier right now. I will be posting Turkey chili this week. I increased all the spices and truly it turn out delicious too.
      Blessings and thank you so much for leaving me a comment.
      Diane Roark

  • Andrea Kelly December 5, 2013, 7:17 PM

    Looks like I’ll be bookmarking this recipe, as well, Diane! Thank you for the great Chili suggestion! Both Captain America and I love Chili, but I’m a wimp when it comes to spices. It’s nice to find a recipe that’s mild enough for me, that he can add his spice to after the fact :)

    • dianeroark December 5, 2013, 7:26 PM


      Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. I will definitely check out your blog tonight. This Chili really is delicious. It is not to hot but has great flavor and spices.

      Diane Roark


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