John's Famous Chili

A simple Chili for the slow cooker.


  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 medium sized onion

  • 3 medium tomatoes (1/2 28 oz can)

  • 2 cups (16 oz.) canned red kidney beans

  • 1 cup frozen corn

  • 1± cup water

  • 1+ tablespoon chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste (we like it spicy, so I usually add more.)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried pepper flakes

  • 2 sticks cinnamon

Brown the meat in a skillet.  After well browned, allow the fat to drain off by placing meat in a strainer.  After well drained, return the meat to the skillet.

Dice onion into 1/4 inch pieces.  Dice tomatoes (if not already diced from can).  Drain kidney beans.  Mix all the ingredients with the meat in the skillet and stir to combine.  After warming, pour into slow cooker ("Crock Pot") and cook on low setting 6-8 hours.

Preparation about 10-15 minutes.  

Serve with shredded Cheddar cheese, diced jalapeño peppers, sour cream, or diced green onions.  Or just eat plain.  Perfect for a Winter's Sunday night supper.

Serves 2-3 people, depending on appetite.