Chili is always a little bit of experimentation, a whole lot of flavor, and one of my absolute favorite dishes. There is always a little give and take but here is my honed recipe with the (staple) list of ingredients. Serve in a bowl on a cold night or even spread over white or brown rice sometimes. Always sprinkle generously with Cheddar cheese and crumbled tortilla chips and maybe a dollop of sour cream and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
6 hrs 10 mins
total:
6 hrs 25 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir beef, onion, and garlic in the hot oil until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes; drain and discard grease. Season beef mixture with salt and pepper.

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  • Mix ground beef mixture, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, pinto beans, ranch-style beans, white kidney beans, tomato sauce, Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, Mexican-style hot tomato sauce, green bell pepper, celery, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, cumin, parsley, basil, and brown sugar together in a slow cooker.

  • Cook on High for 4 hours; stir in red wine and continue cooking for 2 more hours. (Cook on Low for 8 hours.)

Nutrition Facts

492 calories; protein 31.4g 63% DV; carbohydrates 52.7g 17% DV; fat 16.7g 26% DV; cholesterol 54.9mg 18% DV; sodium 1125.2mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2014
I halved the recipe and it still filled my crock-pot. I did use the whole onion green bell pepper. It is a pretty meaty and bean chili not heavy on the tomatoes or tomato sauce for those that want more meat and bean chili. The flavor was a good balance and not spicy hot. I went ahead and added in my whole 7oz. cans of El Pato and tomato sauces and it was still a pretty thick and meaty base. I didn't have Mexican stewed tomatoes but a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies was perfect to give a bit more tomatoes to the brew. The only thing missing for me after I tasted it was heat. So I added in a minced jalapeno. I totally forgot the optional red wine but it was still good without it. This chili reminds me of the chili my friends in the Mid-west make the ranch beans added a great flavor. Was good on a cold night and we did top with crushed tortillas and cheddar cheese. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2014
Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili Haiku: "Halved the recipe but still way too many beans. Good not 'ultimate.'" The ingredient list is unneccesarily long but I was faithful to it only not using the optional red wine and sauteeing the bell pepper w/ the onion beef and garlic in step 1. It just seemed like so many of those ingredients either competed w/ the others or were just straight drowned out by the others. Definitely not saying it wasn't a good chili just not mind-blowing. Glad that it called for Ranch-style beans though; we love those! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2014
I halved the recipe and it still filled my crock-pot. I did use the whole onion green bell pepper. It is a pretty meaty and bean chili not heavy on the tomatoes or tomato sauce for those that want more meat and bean chili. The flavor was a good balance and not spicy hot. I went ahead and added in my whole 7oz. cans of El Pato and tomato sauces and it was still a pretty thick and meaty base. I didn't have Mexican stewed tomatoes but a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies was perfect to give a bit more tomatoes to the brew. The only thing missing for me after I tasted it was heat. So I added in a minced jalapeno. I totally forgot the optional red wine but it was still good without it. This chili reminds me of the chili my friends in the Mid-west make the ranch beans added a great flavor. Was good on a cold night and we did top with crushed tortillas and cheddar cheese. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2014
I think this a great recipe especially to feed a crowd. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2014
Made this recipe exactly as written including adding 1/2 cup red wine for the final 2 hours of cooking. Flavor was perfect not too spicy nor too mild. I will make this again and recommend it just as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/15/2014
Good basic recipe. I think the green pepper and onions are great and I love the different kind of beans. I added black beans to my mixture as well. I also use half ground beef and half ground pork. It serves plenty of folks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2014
Tasted great! My family loved it. The only thing I changed was that I didn't have any worcestershire sauce so I substituted A-1 sauce and came out fine. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/16/2014
Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili Haiku: "Halved the recipe but still way too many beans. Good not 'ultimate.'" The ingredient list is unneccesarily long but I was faithful to it only not using the optional red wine and sauteeing the bell pepper w/ the onion beef and garlic in step 1. It just seemed like so many of those ingredients either competed w/ the others or were just straight drowned out by the others. Definitely not saying it wasn't a good chili just not mind-blowing. Glad that it called for Ranch-style beans though; we love those! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2016
I made this chili for a large party and received MANY complements. It is thick and meaty with a complex home-made flavor. If you are looking for an excellent chili to impress your guests this recipe is for you. I could not find "ranch beans" or the hot tomato sauce. As a result I used 3 cans of kidney beans and 3 cans of great northern beans. In place of the hot sauce I used diced canned tomatoes. I did not add the wine. I really liked the addition of the canned tomatoes since the recipe is a little light on tomato taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2019
Great chili recipe. Made it for game day this past weekend and got great compliments. I couldn t find the Mexican style stewed tomatoes or the Mexican style hot tomato sauce so I used a fifteen oz and seven and half oz can of regular tomato sauce and put in about a tablespoon of Cholula hot sauce and I used one can of regular stewed tomatoes and a small can of Ro-Tel original diced tomatoes and green chile s. It turned out GREAT and I will be making it again. I don t like super spicy chili and this recipe was perfect. Just enough heat for you to know it s chili but not overpowering. Perfecto. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2017
Loved it!! Read More