Bring Your Slow Cooker to Deep Creek Lake and Enjoy an Easy Chili After a Day on the Slopes!

Vacations should be easy and relaxing, so take a break from the kitchen too! With just a bit of prep work, the slow cooker does the rest. This recipe is so versatile – use what you like and as much as you want. For a vegetarian meal, omit the ground beef or turkey. Prepared spicy or mild, this savory dish will be warm and hearty after a cold snowy day of fun. This meal will serve 6-8 people.


  • Slow Cooker
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) Kidney Beans, drained and washed
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) Tomato Sauce
  • 2 medium or 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Suggested Toppings:

  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Scallions, chopped
  • Toasted Bread
  • Crackers


  • Brown the ground beef or ground turkey in a skillet over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper. Drain fat and reserve a tablespoon for cooking the onions and garlic.
  • Add ground beef or turkey to the slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet, add the tablespoon of reserved fat dripping. Saut√© the onions on medium heat until translucent. Add garlic and cook a few minutes more until fragrant. Add onion and garlic mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker with a few pinches of salt and pepper. Mix until completely combined.
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. Stir every hour if possible.
  • Serve with any or all of the suggested toppings and enjoy!

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