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3-Bean Chili (Crockpot Freezer version)

Adding your own spices is more healthier (no preservatives), and more economical than buying seasoning packets- and it allows you to adjust the recipe to suit your tastes!
Servings 10


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle seasoning
  • 1 /2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes


  • Rinse and drain all beans in a colander.
  • Add beans and all other ingredients to a gallon ziplock freezer bag.  Separate ground beef a little by squishing the sealed bag with your fingers.  Make sure all the air is out of the bag before sealing; freeze.
  • Defrost bag in fridge overnight.
  • Dump contents of bag into crockpot / slow cooker and add enough water to cover the mixture plus about a 1/2 inch more.
  • Cook on low approximately 6-8 hours.  *Cook times vary greatly according to slow cooker.  Check frequently and add more water if necessary.  
  • Spoon into bowls and top with shredded cheddar, sour cream and chopped green onions.  Serve with cornbread.