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Slow Cooker Dads Famous NO Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Dads Famous NO Bean Chili

  • Cooking Time:

    3 1/2 hours
  • Servings:

    8-10

Ingredients

1 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!

  1. Chop the onions, peppers, celery stalk, jalapeno, and mince the garlic clove.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the beef and continue cooking until the beef is no longer pink, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  4. When finished cooking, spoon away any excess oil from beef mixture and transfer the beef mixture to a 6-Quart slow cooker.
  5. 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.
  6. Next add the water, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced green chilies, and bay leaf to the slow cooker.
  7. Mix well then cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  8. 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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Jenn Bare is a Mom, Chef & the Crock-Pot® Girl. She hosts a weekly “Mom Monday” segment on ABC-15 in Phoenix. Jenn is the founder of GetCrocked, the #1 resource for slow cooking with over 1.5 million online followers. She innovates recipes daily with her favorite tool in the kitchen, the Crock-Pot® slow cooker.

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Sara

Totally making this! Thank you!

Darcy
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Darcy

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!!!

Audrey
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Audrey

How many does this serve?

Penny
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Penny

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!

Sarah
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Sarah

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!

Chris
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Chris

Is that 14 1/2 tomatoes or a 14 1/2 oz can of tomatoes?

Parmela
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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!!

Audrey
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Audrey

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?
Thanks!

Dawn
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Dawn

Hi,

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??

Thanks

Jean
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Jean

Make this it was absoultly delious great flavor ! Only issue was it a little watery ? It still tasted great though any recommendations?

Michelle
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Michelle

Thanks for the recipe, I actually think my b/f will like my food for once!

Becki
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Becki

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!

Roxana Martinez
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Roxana Martinez

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?

susan
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susan

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?

mylan
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mylan

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?

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Kim Honeycutt
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Kim Honeycutt

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!!

Christine McCanna
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Christine McCanna

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.

Jessica
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Jessica

Is the jalapeno fresh or the ones in a can/jar, i think thoes are pickled?

Wren
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Wren

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!!!!

Lindsay
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Lindsay

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!

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