Mama's Test Kitchen: Slow Cooker Beef & Sausage Chili

beefandsauage chili
I made chili for the first time in my life this weekend. I followed this recipe, but made some minor adjustments. It was super easy and the result was some yummy and hearty chili right at home!

Here is how I did it:

1. Brown beef (3/4 pound) and sausage (1/2 pound) in a skillet over medium heat.
2. Dump all ingredients -- meat, 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce, 1/2 (28 ounce) can diced tomato, 2 (15 ounce) red kidney beans, 1 (15 ounce) Great Northern beans, 1 chopped onion, 2 Tbs chili powder, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 Tbs garlic powder, 1/2 Tbs ground cumin, 1 pinch black pepper, and salt to taste -- in the slow cooker. Mix well.
3. Set it (low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours) and forget it!
That's it! Serve with tortilla chips or corn bread.

Luke's only suggestion for improvement is more meat next time so if you are making it, considering adding more meat. I will definitely make it again and freeze it if we don't eat it all at once next time.

This picture has nothing to do with chili, but these two played together so well on this mostly indoor weekend. All smiles and hardly any arguments. They brighten up these cold dreary January days :)


  1. my husband loves chili and i tried making it the last time although i didn't think it turned out quite right. perhaps one of these days i'll have to do another go. yours came out amazing!

  2. Mmmmm...I love this kid-friendly (correct? not spicy?) chili! Will have to make it. Of course the man says "more meat". And so great the kids play well together! Our kids play well but also fight over toys. It's hilarious but also tiring ;). Especially since the 18-month old has no idea what "sharing" means.

    1. hmm...definitely not my-kid-friendly. I didn't even bother try giving it to them because I already knew the answer. This recipe was spicy though because of the chili powder and red pepper flakes.

  3. It looks delicious. Can I come over for dinner? :)

  4. Chili doesn't hold any special place in my tummy, but if someone whips up a yummy pot like this, I'll be sure to do my part and chow it all down. Yes, sometimes you just have to take one for the team. At least that's how I spin it anyways when I finish every last drop of this goodness.


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