Crock Pot Ground Beef and Sausage Chili

Chili with Beef and Sausage
Chili with Beef and Sausage. Diana Rattray
  • 6 hrs 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings
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This slow cooker ground beef and sausage chili is a great chili to enjoy on a cold fall or winter day. Black beans and tomatoes are among the ingredients, along with onions, hot and sweet peppers, and chili spices.

Feel free to replace the canned black beans with pinto beans or kidney beans. 

Serve this chili with fresh baked cornbread or crusty rolls.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 8 ounces smoked sausage, such as andouille or apple chicken sausage, diced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mild green chili peppers
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers, or to taste
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon grill seasoning blend
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a large skillet or saute pan, brown the ground beef with onion until meat is no longer pink.
  2. Add the diced smoked sausage, garlic, and bell pepper and continue cooking for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Transfer the meat and vegetable mixture to the slow cooker.
  4. Add the mild chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes and tomato sauce, black beans, and seasonings.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
  6. The recipe makes about 8 servings.

    Tips and Variations

    • Omit part of the meat and add another can of beans.
    • Replace the smoked sausage with fresh chorizo or another spicy fresh sausage blend and brown it in the skillet along with the ground beef.
    • Use pinto beans or kidney beans in the chili instead of black beans.

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