Kid Friendly Crock-Pot Chili

Kid friendly crock-pot chili is what’s for dinner tonight.

Here in our home, we’re fans of chili.  Especially, in the cold months coming up.  My husband doesn’t like celery, onions or chunky stuff in his chili.  Which is fine, less prep for me to make chili.  Chili is normally an easy dish to prepare.  There are tons of chili recipes and I’m sure you have a favorite one.  This is a really easy recipe and kid approved!

 Sometimes, kids take one look at a dish and decide they won’t try it.  This crock-pot chili is kid friendly.  If they like hamburgers and beans, they should like this chili.   

 Our son, Landon, is really good about taking one bite of food and trying it.  Landon is also a pretty good eater and likes vegetables too!   We always encourage him to try new things, because he might like it!  

Landon asked me what I was making for dinner and I said, “Chili”.  

He replied, “But I don’t like chili”.  

I said,  “Well, that’s what we’re having for dinner.”, he just walked away.

 When it was time for dinner, I scooped some chili in his bowl and he just looked at it.  He asked what was in it.  I told him hamburger meat and beans, that’s all.  He took a bite and really liked it!  He told me it was good!  Whew!  

He gladly ate some left-overs a few days later for dinner again.  Sprinkle cheese on top and done.

 kid friendly crock-pot chili

Let’s talk chili.  I normally don’t measure when I make chili.  It’s basically, whatever we have around the house.  Like pencil shavings, pieces of mail or sticks from outside… Just kidding!!  Making sure you were paying attention.  Back on topic.

 If I have an opened container of spaghetti sauce in the fridge, I use that for the tomato flavor.  Sometimes, I use black beans, pinto beans or just a mixture.  You really can’t mess this up.  The main thing is to have your family enjoy it.  I just dump, pour and taste, to make sure it’s fine.  Then turn the crock-pot on low, dinner is good to go!  

I love my crock-pot!  This one here was my very first one, from my mom.  Over 12 years ago, my husband and I, were newly living together.  I had no clue about cooking dinner.  My mom, gave my this crock-pot and told me about all the things I could cook in it.  I was intrigued about it cooking all day and coming home to a cooked and ready meal!  

I’m still not a great cook.  Baking is my specialty.  I most likely won’t have dinner ready, but the cookies are done!


I love corn bread!  We just moved into a town, which is known as the home of “Jiffy” cornbread!  That’s my favorite brand.  I could eat the whole pan of cornbread as a meal.   The cornbread pairs up nicely with this crock-pot chili.

Kid friendly crock-pot chili
Easy, quick and kid friendly. Just place ingredients into crock-pot and you're done!
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  1. 2 cups cooked ground beef
  2. 2 (15 oz) cans of kidney beans ( you can use black beans, pinto beans or a mix of any)
  3. 1/2 cup ketchup ( spaghetti sauce works too)
  4. 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  5. 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
  6. 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  9. 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  11. sprinkle fresh black pepper - to taste
  1. Add all the ingredients into crock-pot and set on low for 8 -10 hours. Or on high 4 -6 hours.
  2. Easily double the recipe for a larger family.
  3. Top with desired toppings.
  1. Remember to add a little bit of spices to taste. You can always season with more but you can't take it out.
  2. For a thicker chili - remove 1/2 cup of liquid from the chili, 30 minutes before it's finished cooking. Allow the liquid to cool and add 2 Tablespoons of flour. Mix well and stir back into the crock-pot. Cook on high for the remaining 30 minutes.
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 Good meals and full bellies!

 Kid friendly crock-pot chili = empty bowls.



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11 comments on “Kid Friendly Crock-Pot Chili

    1. Vanessa

      Thanks for stopping by Christina!

  1. Celli

    I love reading your stories, they put a smile on my face & really enjoy your recipes with the great photos!

    1. Vanessa

      Thanks Celli!

  2. Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron

    Yay for kid-friendly! I have an 11-month old who is very particular when it comes to his food…so far he will take a bite, but he is very opinionated about what stays in 😉 I will have to keep this chili in mind for the future!

    1. Vanessa

      Hi Denise! I hope your little guy will enjoy this chili, when he’s old enough.

  3. Melinda

    glad he liked it. Cheese always makes things better too :) thanks for linking up to #kidsinthekitchen

    1. Vanessa

      Yes Melinda, cheese does make things better. You’re welcome!

  4. Jeannette

    We love chili and corn bread, too!

    1. Vanessa

      They do make a great a pair. Thanks for stopping by, Jeannette!

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