Slow-Cooker Texas Chili

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 7 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 7 hr
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

2 1/2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 2-inch cubes

2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

5 cloves garlic, smashed

2 4.5-ounce cans chopped green chiles, drained

1 tablespoon ground cumin

3/4 cup chili powder

1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles

1 to 2 tablespoons green hot sauce

Sliced scallions, fresh cilantro and/or sour cream, for topping

Tortilla chips, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Toss the beef with 1 tablespoon each brown sugar and salt in a large bowl. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef in batches until browned on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes (do not crowd the pan). Transfer to a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion to the skillet and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chiles, cumin and chili powder and cook 3 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water and the tomatoes and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the slow cooker, cover and cook on low, 7 hours.
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and the hot sauce to the chili. Serve with scallions, cilantro and/or sour cream for topping, and chips, if desired. (Reserve 3 to 4 cups for Chili-Corn Casserole.).
  4. Use the leftover chili to make Chili-Corn Casserole.

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