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Slow Cooker Chorizo, Potato, and Two-Bean Chili

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This slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili is spicy but fits the bill when you want to warm up on a cold night or craving that fire alarm chili!

Oof, this past weekend was definitely interesting. I woke up on Friday morning to pink eye! Ahh, it was crazy. I never had it before in my life so when I woke up on Friday morning, I was definitely surprised. I ended up throwing everything into the laundry so to not further the super contagious germs! I don’t know where I got it but I have my sneaking suspicions that I got it from my Pure Barre class. I was perfectly fine all day on Thursday and then I went to Pure Barre on Thursday evening and woke up with pink eye on Friday. I don’t want to say it’s definitely from there but there are at least 6 classes there a day and if the barres aren’t cleaned after every class like the mats and equipment are, then a mom with a child who has it or is carrying the germ can easily spread it via holding onto the barre.

Either way, however I got it, it has NOT been fun. Friday was definitely the worst, as I wanted to claw my eye out. I don’t know what I would’ve done had it been BOTH my eyes! I ended up going to bed early that night because having my eyes closed were way better than having them open. Thankfully, when I woke up on Saturday morning, the eye drops I was prescribed kicked in and even though I still had a pink eye, it wasn’t as bad as it was on Saturday. It’s been progressively getting better each day so that’s good. I hope to be clear of it this week! I’ve been wearing glasses every day and it’s not something I’m used to especially when cooking! I have to constantly push up the glasses. Anyway – it’s definitely been an experience. Leave it to me to get it for the first time at 27 years old and not when I’m a toddler in kindergarten, ha

This slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili is spicy but fits the bill when you want to warm up on a cold night or craving that fire alarm chili!

 

This slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili is spicy but fits the bill when you want to warm up on a cold night or craving that fire alarm chili!

If you’re looking for a SPICY slow cooker chili, you’ve come to the right place! This one goes into the books as one of the spiciest I’ve made but if you aren’t a fan of spicy, you can definitely tone this down by omitting a few ingredients and subbing out ingredients. I’ll put it in the notes below.

As always, I’m a huge fan of anything in the slow cooker as it reduces the amount of time I need to spend in the kitchen. I also just love coming home to an already cooked meal. More time to relax after work and a likely horrible commute that is DC traffic :) hope you’ll add this slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili to your menu this week!

This slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili is spicy but fits the bill when you want to warm up on a cold night or craving that fire alarm chili!

 

This slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili is spicy but fits the bill when you want to warm up on a cold night or craving that fire alarm chili!
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Slow Cooker Chorizo, Potato, and Two-Bean Chili
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hr
Total Time
6 hr 10 mins
 
This slow cooker chorizo, potato, and two-bean chili is spicy but fits the bill when you want to warm up on a cold night or craving that fire alarm chili!
Servings: 4 -6
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound fresh chorizo sausage, casings removed
  • 3 cups diced potatoes
  • 1: 15.5 ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1: 15.5 ounce can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2: 14.5 ounce cans of fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 ounce can sliced jalapeños
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, more to taste
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken stock
Instructions
  1. In a small skillet, brown and break up the chorizo sausage with a spatula or wooden spoon then add it into the slow cooker.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  4. Add more chicken stock if chili is too thick. The chili is supposed to be more of a liquidy chili as opposed to a thick chili but either way you like it is fine!
  5. Serve warm and top with freshly grated cheddar cheese, if desired.
Recipe Notes

As mentioned in the blog post, this chili is fairly spicy. Here are ways to reduce the spiciness:

-Instead of using chorizo sausage, use regular pork sausage
-Instead of fire roasted tomatoes, use regular diced tomatoes
-Omit the jalapeño slices

 

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Posted on January 12, 2015

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  1. 01/12/2015 at 8:25 am

    OH NO! I hope you feel better ASAP. I say hunker down with a bowl of this chili and let Jason do the dishes.

  2. 01/12/2015 at 8:28 am

    We’d be all over this with the spice factor! Looks incredible. I hope your eyes are 100% back to normal soon!!

  3. 01/12/2015 at 9:41 am

    So sorry, friend! I do hope you feel better! And I agree with Erin, this chili will make you feel better ASAP! xoxo

  4. 01/12/2015 at 10:11 am

    totally barre class- think how many moms are in there! Spicy food always helps kick out the germs- Feel better!!

  5. 01/12/2015 at 10:27 am

    I am sorry about pink eye! That just stinks. I am going to add this to my repertoire – I am always looking for a good make ahead slow cooker recipe, especially for cold winter days. Thanks, Julie!

  6. 01/12/2015 at 10:47 am

    Happy Monday! My kids will LOVE this chili!!

  7. 01/12/2015 at 12:34 pm

    Oh, my! Feel better, Julie! Pink eye is definitely no fun. A bowlful of this wicked chili should knock out those nasty germs! Thanks for sharing, my friend. Have a fabulous week! xo

  8. 01/12/2015 at 12:41 pm

    Please get better soon. You’re taking the smartest approach to recovery with this big bowl of comfort food. xo

  9. 01/12/2015 at 4:50 pm

    What a great hearty meal that is sure to warm up my bones in this bitter cold! I can’t wait to enjoy this for dinner very soon! I hope you feel better!

  10. 01/12/2015 at 5:46 pm

    I totally want to give this a try! YUM.

  11. 01/13/2015 at 12:10 am

    This looks delicious! Feel better soon!

  12. 01/13/2015 at 12:31 am

    This chili looks amazing! Totally what I need on a cold day like today!!

  13. 01/14/2015 at 6:05 am

    Feel better soon – pink eye is the worst!

  14. 01/14/2015 at 8:01 am

    What a perfect bowl of goodness!!

  15. Ashlynn
    03/31/2015 at 6:09 pm

    My mom made this a couple months back and I loved it! She gave me the link to this site and I have it in the crock pot now! I turned it on low a little over 6 hours ago but when I checked it, the potatoes were not very tender. I just changed the setting to high on the crock and hopefully in an hour it will be time to eat! Thanks for a great slow cooker recipe.

    • Julie
      04/01/2015 at 8:22 am

      Hope you enjoyed! Glad your mom pointed you this way!

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