Three Alarm Crock Pot Chili


I love my crock pot and I love chili.  It’s that cup that warms you up while you eat it – and this one will do just that.  Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you.  It’s mostly spices!  Just throw it all in your crock pot in the morning and you’ll have a pot of chili when you get home!

What you need:

  • 1 pound of cut up beef for stew (or chuck)
  • 1 16-oz can of pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 16-oz can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • ¾ cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup brewed coffee
  • ½ cup tomato based vegetable juice
  • 1 clove of garlic, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon of regular chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of ancho chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of chipotle chili powder
  • Avocado, shredded cheddar and chopped red onion for garnish

How to Do it:

Put everything (except the garnishes) into the crockpot.  Mix it up well (taste the liquid to see if it needs more salt or pepper).


Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or until the meat falls apart.


Serve in bowls and garnish with chopped onion, diced avocado and a little shredded cheese.


Warning – this is a bit spicy – a little sour cream will help to counter that or leave out the chipotle powder and use more regular chili powder.

Makes about 4 servings


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12 Responses to Three Alarm Crock Pot Chili

  1. O yummy! I know my daughter would absolutely love this! I have to make it for her. Thanks for sharing and I’m visiting from Inspire Me Monday. :) Pinning!

  2. Okay, YUM. I love all the fixin’s you added, too! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend :)

  3. This looks delicious. I have been craving chili recently, I’m going to make this next week! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

  4. Danielle says:

    My husband is a huge spicy chili fan! I will have to make this one day for him. Thanks for linking up with Idea Box! Hope to see you back in the future.

  5. A bowl full of comfort! I love chili and keep forgetting to use my crockpot. Interesting name too, what’s behind it? Thank you for linking up to Thursday Favorite Things and we hope to see you again next week!

  6. I love my crock pot and chili too, this sounds wonderful! I don’t think I’ve used coffee in a chili before, pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday!

    • HelenFern says:

      coffee adds a richness to just about any beef or pork dish. I’ve used it in marinate – and in a rub for ribs! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Oh how I miss my crockpot!! What a great recipe. I love that you use 3 different types of chili powder, I haven’t seen another chili recipe that does that.
    Thanks for joining us at From The Archives Friday!

    • HelenFern says:

      Each type of chili powder offers a slightly different flavor. Combining them creates a really rich chili flavor.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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