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4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili

Posted by ReganJonesRD
December 14, 2017
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With just 4 ingredients this slow cooker chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe.

With just 4 ingredients this slow cooker chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe.

~by Regan Jones, RD

 

I've titled this post "4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili." But what I usually call it is "Life Changing Chili."

Let's be honest. When I say my chili today is "life changing," you may feel like I’m using a touch of hyperbole.

I am. 

I mean no disrespect to the deeper issues being considered in the world today, but this is a food blog.

Hyperbolic language about recipes is what food bloggers specialize in.

I've been making this recipe regularly now for almost two years and have called it "life changing" to friends each time I share it with them. Why?

Because this chili will forever change the way you view how easy chili can be and will very likely become a recipe that you make over and over. Just look at how easy it is to make!

 

 

 


With just 4 ingredients this slow cooker chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe.

 

Let’s get straight to the specific reasons this chili is so life changing. 

  • First, it’s 4 ingredients. I challenge you to put together a healthy dinner with fewer ingredients (calling pizza delivery doesn’t count). 
  • Second, it requires little to no effort. If you can brown ground beef, open a jar and few cans, you’re a master chili maker in the making. 
  • Third, it’s delicious. This one is self explanatory. 
  • Fourth, well did you read 1 through 3... do you really need another reason? If so, then consider that this recipe is made mostly with kitchen staples. You can pretty much always keep the ingredients on hand.

As with most things that seem too good to be true, there is one small caveat. It’s VERY important that you not take liberties with this recipe, specifically the beef, beans and the pasta sauce I recommend below, with this last one being really important. 

Between myself and my friend Robin,  we’ve both probably made this chili over the last year I’m guessing around 30 times. 

“Good grief Regan! Why?” 

It has turned into our go-to recipe we make for friends in need, impromptu dinners to feed a crowd or just an easy weeknight meal that requires little effort. I cautioned Robin the first time I shared my coveted recipe with her (it’s taken me a full year to actually get ready to share the recipe on the blog) about the importance of using the variety of beans and pasta sauce mentioned below. She’s confirmed my guidance upon testing and re-testing… and now, I’m sharing it with you. 

 

With just 4 ingredients this slow cooker chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe.

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe via @reganjonesrd
With just 4 ingredients this slow cooker chili will quickly become your go-to for an easy chili recipe.

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili

Yield

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound 85/15 ground beef
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 cans mild or medium chili beans (I use Bush's)*
  • 1 jar tomato and basil spaghetti sauce (I use either Classico or ALDI SimplyNature brand)*

Directions

  1. Cook ground beef and drain. 
  2. Combine cooked beef with remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or on LOW 8 hours. 

 

*While brand choice sometimes doesn't matter in recipes, my experience is that it does matter in really short ingredients lists. Quality can differ, as can flavor and texture and with only a few ingredients, it can make a big difference in the final dish. I've recommended these three brand choices because they're what I always use and my family loves this dish. I have no paid affiliation with any of these brands at this time. 

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Calories 330
Carbohydrates 27.3g
Fiber 7g
Sugar 12g
Fat 13.2g
Protein 22.8g
Sodium 805mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org. She is also the host of the podcast, This Unmillennial Life, which was recently named New & Noteworthy on iTunes.
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