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Wow! I love finding a good chili recipe and the concept of this one got my attention. The basic recipe is very good as is, however, I did make several changes to suit my tastes in a chili. The seasoning mix is very good and I used as is. To make the meat mixture I added 1lb of chopped sirloin, 1/2 lb groung turkey, a cup of chopped onion, 1/2 cup of green pepper, and 1/4 cup of jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped) when browning the meat. Then added 3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic to the meat during the last minute of browning to release some flavor. When assembling in the crock pot I substituded spicy V8 for the tomato juice (I like to know I get some kick in any chili), added 2 shots of expresso, and a tablespoon of chopped semi-sweet chocoIate. At the end I added another teaspoon of cumin and cayanne after putting all ingredients in crock pot to add some heat and get more of a smoke flavor going. Pureeing the beans made a big difference in the texture; great idea. When pureeing I drained the beans and added a tablespoon of chili sauce to loosen up the mixture. The basic recipe as is is very good and has great texture. EXCELLENT RECIPE!

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tdutch December 01, 2009

This was super great chili! I have my own tried and true recipe, but I figured I would try this since I needed to use the crock-pot. Well, my family flipped over it and my husband said I outdid myself! (I explained that I couldn't take the credit!) I used small white beans and light kidney beans for the puree. I didn't put them in the blender, instead I put them in the crock-pot first and mushed them up with a potato masher. I love this part of the recipe, because my family is getting more fiber and they don't have a clue! I have never used cumin or coriander and was worried they might be too strong but the chili tasted like...well...Chili! Thanks so much for sharing! P.S. I used 2 lbs. of ground beef...otherwise, didn't change a thing. NOTE: The spice mix makes enough for at least two batches of chili.

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Karen=^..^= September 05, 2003

I was recently asked to make chili for a chili cook-off at work. I searched the internet and this one had such good reviews I had to try it. I didn't change a thing, except doubled the recipe. I work in a hospital and there was a monetary first prize and my pride on the line. I won! Thanks Debbie

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ingers9 January 24, 2012

Very tasty, thick, and easy Chili recipe. The first time I made this, I did it exactly like the recipe says. The second time, I added all the seasoning. Both ways are excellent!
The first time I made it, I drained the beans. The second time I made it I didn't drain the beans. I liked the second time better.
This chili is thick, a bit spicy and warms up nicely.
I added this to my "Favorites" cookbook. I will be making this again and again.

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Areesa73 October 13, 2010

This really is VERY good chili! i had never made chili before, this fit the bill PERFECTLY because it was so nice and THICK (i hate "soupy" chili), i used a can of refried instead of putting the beans in the blender and i think that makes all the difference in the world as to the consistency of the dish...THICK! i also used a pound and a half of ground beef and a half pound of ground (Jimmy Dean) sausage. i then added some finely diced green pepper and onion (about a 1/4 cup of each that i saute'd with the meat) a little Frank's Hot Sauce, a small can of tomato paste, a couple dashes of Worstechire and about 2 tsps of cocoa powder and it was PERFECT. it was hard to let it sit and cook for 6 hours in the crock pot without running over and "tasting" it every few minutes! I'll definitely be keeping this chili recipe...it was awesome. Thanks Debbie!!

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fancy-pants December 14, 2008

It tasted okay following the exact recipe. I ended up adding all of the spice mixture, 1Tbsp of salt, 2 1/2 tsp of paprika, 1 more 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, and 2 more cans of bean (I pureed 1). Then the chili tasted increadible! I guess I just prefer my chili with a bit more spice and sauce. Thank you for the recipe, I will make it again with my adjustments for my taste buds.

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shellstarr_12147179 October 11, 2012

This was an exceptionally good chili....i'd never made it in the crock pot..and i will be making this again for sure..i did cook some diced onion and minced garlic along with my meat, and used 1 can of tomato puree and 1 can crushed tomatoes (both 28 oz cans) and used ALL the remaining dry ingredients in the sauce. it had a perfect "kick" to it...i did add some salt and sugar just to suit our personal tastes, but the entire family LOVED this! topped with some sour cream and shredded cheese, and some crusty bread to sop up the very last drop..DELICIOUS!

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bklynjoyce November 13, 2011

This is so similiar to my recipe but decided I would give it a try since I had to make two crockpots of chili to take for my daughters field hockey concession stand. This was very flavorable and I loved the idea of placing the other can of beans in the blender. By doing this, it made the chili reacher. The only two changes I made was to add some finely diced celery and 2 Tablespoons of sugar to take the bite out of the tomato sauce. Thanks for a great recipe.

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Audrey M September 04, 2003

Recipe is fine for fairly experienced cooks, but the directions are weak for newbies. -- You really should SAUTE the onions until translucent. -- Instruction # 2 is wrong about how much seasoning mix he recipe uses. (See steps 5 and 6.) -- Definitely needs more onion, and every mainly-meat dish needs at least some salt; should sprinkle generously after browning meat and sauteing onion. Lastly, if you're cooking the meat in a large and sturdy pot, it's simple to make this entirely on the stove top in far less than the stated time ... and then you have no crock-pot to wash. All told: a fine "slate" to modify based on experience (with delicious results), but not for beginners.

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Anonymous May 25, 2015

Great Chili! I have been using this recipe for about a year now, and always get lots of compliments. My husband calls it the best he has ever eaten, though I think he may be a little biased. When I initially made it I mistakenly added tablespoon-sized portions of the seasoning mix to the chili instead of teaspoon size, and I used fresh garlic instead of garlic powder. The mistake turned out great. The chili had a little extra kick to it. I have since continued to use the tablespoon size. You'll still have extra seasoning mix, and I just keep it for next time. I also added a half of an onion, instead of a tablespoon. This chili is great on it's own or can definitely be changed up a bit by adding additional ingredients.

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nodboz October 19, 2012
Debbie's Crock Pot Chili