Cooking Time:3 1/2 hours
Ingredients1 1/2 med. onions
1 med. green pepper
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 minced fresh garlic clove
1/2 tsp. jalapeno, fresh, chopped
3 T vegetable oil
4 lb. ground beef (lean beef is okay)
8 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
salt & pepper
6 oz. beer
1 1/4 c. water
14.5 oz. stewed tomatoes, undrained
8 oz. tomato sauce
6 oz. tomato paste
4 oz. diced green chilies
1 bay leaf
This is my dad’s “famous” chili. (okay well maybe it’s only famous in our family but don’t tell him that!) He says that real chili doesn’t have beans so he came up with this concoction to prove to us that bean-less chili is delicious!
- Chop the onions, peppers, celery stalk, jalapeno, and mince the garlic clove.
- Heat the vegetable oil on med-high heat and saute the onions, peppers, celery stalk, jalapeno, and garlic until they are soft and onions are translucent.
- Add the beef and continue cooking until the beef is no longer pink, adding salt and pepper to taste.
- When finished cooking, spoon away any excess oil from beef mixture and transfer the beef mixture to a 6-Quart slow cooker.
- In a separate bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, hot sauce, salt and pepper, and the beer. Let it sit for a few minutes then add the chili powder mixture to the beef mixture in the slow cooker.
- Next add the water, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced green chilies, and bay leaf to the slow cooker.
- Mix well then cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- To serve, dish into bowls and top with shredded cheese, onions and you can also add a dollop of sour cream if desired.
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Totally making this! Thank you!
I have a recipe handed down from my mil and her son (whom I married) is the pickiest man; ever! and we have a NO bean Chili that is excellent as well!! 🙂 But it is a lot different then this and less put in it! No onions, no seasoning and plain everything! But very good!!!
How many does this serve?
Hi Audrey, you will find the serving size in the upper right hand corner of the page, but I am happy to share with you that it serves 8-10! Happy Crocking!
Made this on Sunday and didn’t change a thing! Full of flavor and perfect for the hubs who tries to eat a paleo diet. Loved that it made alot because it’ll freeze well. Nom Nom Nom!
How have I lived without this website for so long?!?! I love crock pot cooking. It is so easy and my being a vegetarian and my husband to be a meatetarian it makes my life easier. You are wonderful!
Sarah thank you for the very nice comment, and I do this because I also love to crock, and love helping people in their busy lives… Happy Crocking!
Is that 14 1/2 tomatoes or a 14 1/2 oz can of tomatoes?
Hi Chris! Thanks for the question it is a 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes! I have adjusted the recipes… Happy Crocking!
Tried this today. We like a little less heat, so did 6T of chili powder instead of 8T. We also like a little more tomato than most, so added an additional can of diced tomatoes (I used the ones with onion and garlic) and it turned out fantastic! I’ve always made chile with beans as that’s my preference, but hubby prefers no beans and this is the first “no-bean” recipe that we’ve liked! Thanks!!
I’m thinking about trying this for SuperBowl Sunday, but I’m not sure if my crock pot is big enough. What size crock pot would I need to fit this recipe?
Hi Audrey, You will love this, but it will take 6-8 quart crock pot, as it make a lot, but you could always cut in half if you don’t want to make that big a crock full! Happy Crocking and Happy Superbowl Day! Hope you team wins!
If I wanted to leave out the 6 oz. of beer what would you recommend in place of that … additional water, maybe some beef broth??
Hi Dawn, you could do either, but the beef broth would give it more flavor! I sometimes substitute 6 oz. of soda pop too! Thanks for the question, and Happy Crocking!
Make this it was absoultly delious great flavor ! Only issue was it a little watery ? It still tasted great though any recommendations?
Hi Jean… this really is my Dad’s recipe, and the only thing I could suggest is to not put as much water in the next time. This is the way my Dad likes it, but you make like your’s with less liquid, so feel free to make this change for you and your family or guests! Thank you for posting, and Happy Crocking!
Thanks for the recipe, I actually think my b/f will like my food for once!
I cannot wait to make this with a side of corn muffins! I LOVE LOVE LOVE chili, but the husband and boys do not like beans. Cannot wait to see how this turns out!
Becki you are going to LOVE IT!
My boyfriend doesn’t like beans so this sounds perfect for him! I’m cutting the recipe in half and was wondering if the amount of cooking time would still be 3 1/2 hours?
Roxana the key to crocking is to make sure the crock pot is 1/2 – 2/3 full. If you cut in half you would just need to follow the key factor, so if you have a smaller crock pot, you would still crock for the time stated. Hope this helps, and Happy Crocking! Enjoy!
Can these recipes be adapted for a 3.5 crock? Sorry, I am slow so I need just a little help. Half the recipe? Can most of the recipes on the site be halved in order to be cooked in a smaller pot?
Absolutely Susan! Make what works for you!
I’ve been looking for a no bean chilli recipe to try and this seems to fit the bill. Before I start, I was just curious on what kind beer you would recommend to make this?
Mylan you can use what beer you have on hand, or something inexpensive from the store. Happy Crocking!
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WEW…Sounds HOT, good but HOT! 8 TBSP chili powder? If it were not for the crock pot we might starve! LOL I have 2 going right now. The only way to cook!!
Could I cook this on the stove top? I wont be home in time to Crock it and I will be home to late to start it then.
Is the jalapeno fresh or the ones in a can/jar, i think thoes are pickled?
Hello Jessica, My Dad used the fresh so I do too, but please make this recipe your own, and if you would like to use canned please do. Happy Crocking!
This is my go to chili recipe!!! I’ve used it for years now with my own variations of course, but I love it! Thank your dad for me!!!!
This Recipe is excellent! I used 99% fat free turkey meat and it stil tastes delicious! I have never used beer in my chili before and I think it added the perfect sweetness! Thanks for the recipe!
So what measure is 405 grams?