Easy Chili (Crockpot)

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins


  • 2
    lbs ground beef (lean)
  • 12
    cup onion (chopped)
  • 3
    ounces chili seasoning mix (3 pkgs of any brand)
  • 1
    tablespoon cumin
  • 15
    ounces diced tomatoes (any brand or flavor for chili)
  • 15
    ounces kidney beans (any brand)
  • 23
    ounces vegetable juice (V-8 or any store brand, mild or spicy, about 1/2 of a large can)


  • Brown ground beef in skillet. (I cook mine with water because it crumbles easier and more of the fat drains off.).
  • Drain beef and add onion, the 3 pkgs of chili seasoning and cumin to the skillet and cook a little longer until the seasonings are well blended (about 10 minutes on med-low heat).
  • While seasonings are cooking into the meat, rinse and drain the kidney beans well and add to crockpot.
  • Add the diced tomatoes (I add the juice also for flavor) to the crockpot.
  • Add the browned beef mixture to the crockpot.
  • Pour in about 1/2 of the tall 46 oz can of vegetable juice to the crockpot (I usually add about 1/3 of a can first, stir all ingredients and then decide if I want my chili thinner by adding more of the vegetable juice.).
  • Cook on low in crockpot for about 2 hours or until all is heated through.
  • Serve with cheese, crackers, fritos, cornbread. (Leftovers are great on chili dogs.).