Crockpot Chili (with Two Secret Ingredients)

I’ve been waiting for the temperature outside to drop so that I could try out this chili recipe in our crockpot.

My co-worker Jackie shared it with me and you will never guess what two ingredients make this chili so good. Ready?

Grape jelly and chocolate chips….

Sounds crazy I know but it’s amazing. When you think about it, it make sense. Have you ever made those delicious crockpot cocktail meatballs with chili-sauce and grape jelly? My husband LOVES those.

This is the same type of flavor but with classic chili ingredient instead of meatballs. Also, there are hints of chocolate in Mexican mole sauces that are sometimes similar to chili so the chocolate chips really aren’t that off.

It’s just a handful and the flavor isn’t 100% decipherable but it’s there. I am going to go as far as saying this is the best chili I’ve ever made.

We ran a 5k yesterday morning, it was sunny and cool outside in that perfect fall weather way. This chili with a scoop of greek yogurt on top and some green onions and some football on TV really made it feel like the first weekend of Fall.

Crockpot Chili

1 lb ground beef or turkey
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes (I like the olive oil and garlic seasoned)
1 packet of McCormick Chili Seasoning
1 14.5 oz can red kidney beans
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 white onion chopped
1/2 cup grape jelly
1 handful chocolate chips
Greek yogurt and green onions for topping (optional)

1. Brown ground beef or turkey in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.

2. Place cooked beef or turkey, Seasoning Mix, tomatoes, beans, onions and broth in slow cooker. Stir until well mixed. Cover.

3. Cook 2 hours on HIGH. Add grape jelly and handful of chocolate chips and stir. Cook another 2 hours. Serve with a dollop of  0% Greek yogurt and green onions.

5 Responses to “Crockpot Chili (with Two Secret Ingredients)”

  1. Christina Marie posted on September 24, 2012 at 5:40 pm (#)

    I love when sweet ingredients are added to chili or bbq sauces! This looks delish, can’t wait for it to get cooler!

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  2. thebluemuse posted on September 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm (#)

    Ooo, can’t wait to make this. As it’s stayed in the 90s in Northern California lately, I’ve been cooking soups trying to tempt Fall weather to arrive. It’s not working yet, but I’m still trying!

  3. Erica Boutwell posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm (#)

    I’m making this right now! Just put it in my crockpot for the first 2 hours!

  4. Nicole Fawcett posted on December 18, 2015 at 1:53 am (#)

    My hubby doesn’t cate for chunky tomatoes, and suggestions what I can substitute those with? 


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