Kim’s Black Bean Slow Cooker Chili

Kimberly Snyder
by Kimberly Snyder
4 servings
4 hr 15 min

With a little advance preparation, two items from your pantry, special Chili mix and a slow cooker, you can put this Chili together in no thyme!

This week I am sharing a Chili recipe that I adapted so that I could prepare it in my crock pot. My Hamilton Beach crock watcher is my all time favorite kitchen appliance! I love to be able to add all my ingredients in one pot, plug the unit in, turn it on and walk away. In a few hours, the food is ready to eat! Clean up is a breeze too! This model has a ceramic insert that lifts out for easy cleaning.

A Little Advance Prep Helps

Before we get into the specifics of the recipe, I would like to talk about the advance preparation that you can do to make this Chili recipe quick & easy to prepare. To save time, I brown & drain 2 pounds of ground beef ahead of time and then freeze 1/2 of it in a freezer grade plastic bag. I will go ahead and use the other half to make spaghetti sauce or tacos. Then when I am ready to make the Black Bean Slow Cooker Chili, I can just thaw out the 1 pound bag of ground beef. Of course, if you don’t have the prepared ground beef in your freezer, you can brown and drain it right before adding it to the crock pot.

Preparing a variety of soups and Chilis is easy to do if you keep staples such as Black Beans (or pinto beans) and diced tomatoes in your pantry. These items can be used in a number of different recipes. I usually have at least 4 cans of each on my pantry shelves.

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My entrepreneurial journey started with my love of herbs , both growing and cooking with them. My love of herbs eventually led to owning a pizzeria. After relocating to Florida, I decided to start a blog where I could share my love of cooking, decorating and crafting.

Throughout my culinary career, I have discovered the using mixes can make a cook’s life so much easier! Using a mix to make a recipe is as simple as adding a few ingredients to the mix and then stirring, cooking or chilling and serving! Mixes are such a time saver! After meeting the folks from Mad Dash Mixes at a blogging conference this summer, I decided to add a weekly blog post featuring recipes using their mixes. Now I am now having a lot of fun working with the folks from Mad Dash Mixes.

Kim’s Black Bean Slow Cooker Chili
Recipe details
  • 4  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 4 Hours Total time: 4 hr 15 min
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  • 5 tablespoons Chili Mix (1/2 packet) by Mad Dash Mixes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound ground beef prepared in advance
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained & rinsed can use Kidney Beans or Pinto Beans if you prefer
  • 1 can pan spray to help keep the chili from sticking to the sides of the slow cooker. Use only what is needed to lightly coat the inside of the slow cooker

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with pan spray. Add one can of diced tomatoes to the slow cooker.
Add 1 pound of browned ground beef to the diced tomatoes. Stir the ingredients together. If using already browned ground beef that has been frozen, thaw it out ahead of time.
Add 1/2 cup water and stir
Drain & Rinse 1 can of Black Beans and add to the slow cooker
Add 5 Tablespoons of the Chili Mix to the ingredients in the slow cooker
Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker, plug in and turn to low.
cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
Prepare bowls of assorted toppings for the Chili . Toppings can include shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips. If your family likes black olives, they could be used also
serve in bowls and let everyone add toppings to their own bowl
  • If you like a less thick Chili, additional water can be added before cooking.
Kimberly Snyder
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