If a good hearty meaty chili is your thing then you are going to love this easy recipe for Crock-Pot Meat Lovers Chili! Serve it for dinner any day of the week!
Crock-Pot Meat Lovers Chili
Crock-Pot Meat Lovers Chili is a Chili recipe that has no beans and you are using multiple kinds of meat to give it a nice flavor, chunky thickness and unique taste. I used ground beef, ground sausage, beef stew meat (what you would typically use for stews or stroganoff) and thin strips of steak. You can also use ground turkey, ground chicken, Italian sausage, venison and bison. Even regular chicken or turkey would work, you’ll just want to shred before eating. Bacon would be a great touch as well. You can cook these all at once before throwing in the crock or you can do what I typically do, which is grab my pre-cooked frozen meat out of the freezer and thaw enough to be able to pull it out and lay it in the crock.
One of the ways that I make cooking easier for my family is once a month I cook up big batches of ground hamburger, ground sausage and beef stew meat in the Crock-Pot. Using 5 pounds of meat each I use one Crock-Pot per kind of meat so I typically have 3 crocks going at a time. I add chopped onions to it as well so that I don’t have to add them later if I’m in a hurry. I stir it occasionally to get it well cooked and even textured and once it’s ready I drain the grease and bag up the meat in freezer quart size bags holding approximately 1 pound each, flatten the Ziploc bag and freeze in a stack. When I’m ready to make a meal I just pull one of those bags out, thaw partially in the microwave and then I just need to warm it up in the frying pan and add seasoning or sauce (spaghetti or taco as an example). A neat thing I’ve noticed is the remaining grease pushes it’s way to the top of the Ziploc and freezes there, so before I thaw the meat, I pull that frozen grease out and throw it away. This preparation helps me stop from relying on less healthy freezer processed meals or fast food for our family since our meals are already partially cooked.
For the Crock-Pot Meat Lovers Chili use your favorite cuts of meat, leftovers, or sneak one in your trying to get your family to eat! As you may know I strive to not waste food so if you know you have a freezer full of nearly year old meat, go pull some of it out to make this dish. This recipe makes a thick, hearty chili and is low carb friendly (thus why no beans are included). If you aren’t concerned with low carb and just cannot do chili without beans feel free to add a can or two of pinto beans, kidney beans, or even black beans to the meal.
Enjoy this chili with a side of cornbread if you want and top with your favorite chili toppings like cheese, sour cream, and diced onions. YUM!