Italian Crock Pot Chili

Surprised I have another crock pot recipe? yeah, me neither… Oh, and sorry for the iPhone pics, I really didn’t suspect this would be a “sharing” recipe 🙂

Sticking to Whole30 guidelines for 45 days has me throwing things in the crock pot very frequently so I always have something quick to heat up in the fridge.  It makes the entire process so much easier and not having to cook EVERY SINGLE MEAL is necessary for my sanity some days 🙂

This was based on a loose idea floating around in my head but turned out AWESOME.  The Dr. loved it and made sure I put it up on here, not only to share the love, but to ensure that I didn’t forget the recipe so I could make it again! Ha.

Its one of those fantastic ‘throw everything in a crock pot and let it do it’s thang’ kinda recipes so take that baby out (or just turn it on if it lives on your counter like mine) and get ready for some tasty meals! 

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles, The Freckled Foodie


Crappy iPhone pic

Italian Crock Pot Chili

Italian Crock Pot Chili

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  • Yield: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Entree, Beef, Crock Pot


  • 3-4 lbs ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 10oz pkg baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 28oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic (around 6 cloves)
  • 3-4 tbsp capers
  • 1/4 small can of tomato paste
  • 1-2 c broth or stock (I used homemade chicken broth)
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • drizzle of olive oil


  1. The best way to brown a LOT of ground beef: place all your ground beef in the crock pot along with salt and pepper and one chopped onion.  
  2. Turn on low and cook for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, you can use this is SO many ways, but I nearly always decided to drain the fat, throw the meat back in, and make chili!
  3. *If you decide to brown your meat on the stove (to get things going faster) then drain off the fat and set the beef aside
  4. Add the onion to the pay with a little cooking fat and saute until “clear”
  5. Add the meat, cooked onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and tomato paste to the crockpot
  6. Stir and then add the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly 
  7. Cook on low for 3 or so hours or until the veggies are done to your liking
  8. Serve with diced avocado on top or plain, both are delish! If you (or your SF) aren’t paleo then try it with crusty italian bread or tortilla chips

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Comments: 15

  1. Janice Stamps February 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm Reply

    Sue, sent me this site. I love it. I have been friends with her for 14 yrs now. And she is such a wonderful friend. So glad she sent this to me. I did the Lap-Band thing in August, 2012 and have lost 60 lbs. Always looking for quick, healthy meals. And with this, I can freeze and have later.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • thefreckledfoodie February 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm Reply


      I am so glad you like what you are reading 🙂 I am happy Sue could share my blog with you! Hope you like the recipes and please let me know if you have any questions!

      – The Freckled Foodie

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  5. CZ October 7, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply

    Just came across your site and now following you on instagram. I made this tonight. Delish! It’s a great way to throw what you have on hand and let the crock pot cook for you. I had ground pork and turkey on hand and added cubed eggplant. Great Italian taste! I also followed your suggestions and added avocado and my non paleo live in bf added tortilla chips. He loves the too! =) Thanks again for a great recipe.

    • thefreckledfoodie October 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm Reply

      Thanks for the IG follow 🙂 I am so glad you and your boyfriend loved it! Your version with eggplant sounds great!

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  8. canadian cook February 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm Reply

    I am making this tonight for the second time, the flavours are wonderful. I throw a whole bunch of kale in too for more greens and the avocado on top is awesome. Thank you for this recipe!

    • thefreckledfoodie February 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm Reply

      I’m happy you like it! I will have to throw some kale in next time I make it 🙂

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  10. Kayla K. February 18, 2015 at 10:18 am Reply

    This one’s a keeper!!

  11. Wilda June 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm Reply

    Just a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding design and

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