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Slow Cooker Harvest Chili

Written by Sara Ross

Farmkid harvesting with daddy

Fall is a really busy time around our farm in southwest Iowa.  Like all the other farmers across the country we are trying to keep the combine moving across the fields, picking the corn and soybeans that we’ve cared for over the past six months.  This year has been a trying year with bad storms early on, so its interesting to see what the yields are as we move from field to field.

Farmkid harvesting with daddy

Kevin (my husband) and I have two young boys that absolutely love riding in the combine and tractors.  Our oldest has been going to Pre-School in the mornings and harvesting with his daddy in the afternoons.  Today our almost two-year old rode for a while too!  Can you tell by that big smile that he was loving it?

Harvest 2014

Now that the weather has been cooling off I have been using my slow cooker quite often.  It’s so easy to put something in it over lunch and come home after work to have your supper cooked already.   This is especially helpful when I have to get food ready to take to the field to Kevin and his helpers.  Recently I made chili that was so easy and delicious and was a favorite among all the guys that were helping farm that day. 

Slow Cooker Harvest Chili

We just happened to have some leftover cinnamon rolls to go with them.  Why does chili and cinnamon rolls go so well together?  I don’t know, but they are the best! 

Slow Cooker Harvest Chili with Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

This recipe is so easy, just brown the hamburger with the vegetables and then toss it all in a slow cooker and let it cook all afternoon.  I was at work the whole time it was cooking and came home to my house smelling so good!  Hope you enjoy this on a cool fall day! 

Slow Cooker Harvest Chili
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds hamburger, browned
  2. 1 can kidney beans
  3. 3 cans chili style beans
  4. 3 cans diced tomatoes, chili style
  5. 1 can tomato paste
  6. 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, chopped
  7. 1 medium onion, diced
  8. 1/2 green pepper, diced
  9. 5 heaping tablespoons brown sugar
  10. 2 teaspoons chili powder
  11. 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  12. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Start to brown the hamburger in a skillet.
  2. Add the diced onion, green pepper, and mushrooms about half way through.
  3. Cook until the hamburger is no longer pink and the veggies are soft.
  4. Place the meat mixture into a slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Mix well and then let cook for about four hours on the low heat setting.
  6. Serve with a little cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc.
  7. Pairs well with cinnamon rolls too!
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About the author

Sara Ross

Sara grew up in south central Nebraska, in a little farming town called Elwood. Her family was in the insurance business, so between the two she’s been around agriculture her whole life. After high school, Sara went on to get her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and accepted a job with RCIS, the nation’s largest crop insurance company, as their trade show consultant. She traveled all over the country, but calls the Commodity Classic farm show “her favorite”, and it is no mystery as to why. She met her husband, Kevin, at that show in 2006.

Together, Kevin and Sara are the sixth generation to farm the land that they live on outside of Minden, IA where they raise 600 acres of corn, soybeans, hay, pasture ground and approximately 80 head of cattle.

In 2008 Sara went to work for her dad at their family insurance business, The Home Agency. She is currently their Marketing Manager. In 2010, she became involved with CommonGround which is a group of farm women who want to start conversations with their urban counterparts about what it’s like on a farm and how their food is grown and raised. She’s gotten to meet a lot of consumers through this grassroots program who are genuinely interested in learning about food and agriculture. This led to Sara starting her own blog, SarasHouseHD.com where she talks about family, food, and life on a farm.

Sara and Kevin had their first son in 2010 and their second son in 2012. They love growing up on a farm and would ride in the tractor with their dad 24/7 if we let them! In between being a farmwife, a mother, a marketing manager, a CommonGround volunteer and a blogger, Sara loves to talk about what it’s like on a farm and to share recipes with others. In her spare time, her hobbies are traveling, photography, snow skiing, crafts, hunting, and reading. You can follow her on Twitter (@sarashousehd), Facebook (Sara’s House HD) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/sarashouseh