Skip the beans in this EASY 5 ingredient recipe for Crock-Pot No Bean Chili. A frugal meal that hits the spot on a cold autumn or winter day!
Crock-Pot No Bean Chili
A big pot of chili is one of my favorite “go to” recipes that I like to make in the cold winter months.
I love chili!
All kinds of chili!
White bean chili, chicken chili, chili with beans, chili with venison, chili with no meat. You name it, if there is a bowl of chili out there my name is on it!
And, I like my chili with crackers. Crackers with butter on the top. I take my buttered crackers and dip them in the my chili, making sure to get a big heaping scoop of chili goodness on my crackers.
Making butter crackers reminds me of my childhood. Growing up my family lived with my grandma. My mom worked a low-paying job to try and support 3 kids on her own and we all lived in a larger older house in a decent neighborhood. The house itself was a family home, long paid for.
We might not have had a lot of money, but we had good time with what we did have.
It was the little things that mattered a lot. My grandma would take saltine crackers and put butter on them. That would be a “treat” for us. A treat that I still eat today and one I have introduced to my own children.
But enough about buttered crackers! Let’s get on to the chili goodness! 🙂
One of my children is a picky eater (to say the least) and in her vocabulary the word “bean” is a bad word. The other day she asked me if I could make chili with no beans this time.
So no bean chili it was because, well, because I wanted some crackers with butter to go with it.
Sorry…couldn’t resist going back to those buttered crackers!
This recipe only has 5 ingrednets. Ground beef is browned and crumbled on the stove-top, drained and added to the slow cooker. Toss in a packet of chili seasoning mix (or use our Homemade Chili Seasoning recipe), tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and a can of water (just empty one of the tomato cans and then fill the can up with water). And let your chili simmer for 6 to 7 hours (you can go longer on this recipe if you need to too…nothing here is going to get over cooked if you need an “all day” recipe that needs to cook 8, 9, 10 hours…
There is nothing fancy in this recipe, super basic and super frugal. I usually have all of the canned ingredients in my pantry because I stock-up on canned goods when they go on sale at the grocery store (or I home can my own tomatoes if I have a good garden season).
And hamburger is also stocked in my freezer by either watching sales at the grocery store or I buy in bulk from Zaycon Fresh. When I purchase in bulk I usually brown the ground beef and throw it in freezer bags so that I can just toss the already cooked hamburger meat in the slow cooker and can skip the whole browning step when I need to just get something, anything, in the slow cooker for dinner on days I know we are going to be super busy.