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Crockpot Chili

Postby nascarchuck » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:04 am

I have tried chili in thge crockpot once and it didn't turn out well. It dried out on me. I wanna try it again.

Should I do anything differently with it being cooked in the crockpot vs the stove?

My crockpot has 3 settings, High, Low and Warm. High seems to be fairly hot. I assume that I should cook the chili on low, huh?

How long should the chili cook? Is this a short cook of say 3 or 4 hours or a long cook of maybe 9 or 10 hours?

Trying to come up with a few crockpot meals that I can make for my first night back to work instead of eating out. I'm too tired and not enough time to stand over a stove my first night back to work.

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Postby BAR "G" BBQ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 9:56 am

Sorry I can't be more help Chuck but I just can't imagine turning out a quality bowl of Texas Red utilizing a crockpot. Not saying it can't be done; I normally cook a double or triple batch of chili and freeze in individual servings I can heat in the microwave.
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Re: Crockpot Chili

Postby Gator » Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:57 am

I do all mine in crockpots...hummmm.

I cook mine on high until I get bubbles, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 8 hours.
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Postby DATsBBQ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:00 am

Maybe you didn't have enough liquid in the crock?. I use the low setting for chile unless I'm on a time crunch and need it done in 6 hours. Less than 6hrs I use the stove.
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Re: Crockpot Chili

Postby Gator » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:04 am

This begs the question of what would the difference be in cooking on the stove vs a crock pot? :?: :dont:

Im all ears on this one. 8)
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Postby nascarchuck » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:19 am

Gator wrote:This begs the question of what would the difference be in cooking on the stove vs a crock pot? :?: :dont:

Im all ears on this one. 8)



Thanks guys...

I'm with ya Gator. I have only tried it once, but I'm gonna try it again probably today. I am thinking on starting it when I get home from Sams and just have it left over for tomorrow.

I guess the crockpot vs. the stove is kinda like beans or no beans... :out:
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Postby Gator » Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:21 am

Chuck you can always toss in a can of beef broth as needed to add liquid.
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Postby BAR "G" BBQ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:13 pm

Gator wrote:This begs the question of what would the difference be in cooking on the stove vs a crock pot? :?: :dont:

Im all ears on this one. 8)

As I stated in my original post (not saying it can't be done); when I utilize a crockpot it is for something I plan to walk away from until done. When I cook chili I utilize several dumps during the cooking process thus why I prefer stove top. Yes I could utilize a crockpot and still do my dumps but what would be the sense in using a crockpot if I must still attend it and spend 2 to 3 times the amount of time verses the stove top. :roll: Sorry just stating my humble opinion but good chili just like good Q is a food of love thing. My mother makes a decent tasting brisket in her crockpot but I prefer mine the traditional smoked method.
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Postby JamesB » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:23 pm

Crockpots can be used for something besides melting Velveeta for queso? :shock:
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Postby Gator » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:36 pm

BAR "G" BBQ wrote:
Gator wrote:This begs the question of what would the difference be in cooking on the stove vs a crock pot? :?: :dont:

Im all ears on this one. 8)

As I stated in my original post (not saying it can't be done); when I utilize a crockpot it is for something I plan to walk away from until done. When I cook chili I utilize several dumps during the cooking process thus why I prefer stove top. Yes I could utilize a crockpot and still do my dumps but what would be the sense in using a crockpot if I must still attend it and spend 2 to 3 times the amount of time verses the stove top. :roll: Sorry just stating my humble opinion but good chili just like good Q is a food of love thing. My mother makes a decent tasting brisket in her crockpot but I prefer mine the traditional smoked method.


Im with ya Bar-G, more than one way to skin the kitty. :wink:
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Postby tex_toby » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:56 pm

JamesB wrote:Crockpots can be used for something besides melting Velveeta for queso? :shock:


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Postby nascarchuck » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:29 pm

BAR "G" BBQ wrote:
Gator wrote:This begs the question of what would the difference be in cooking on the stove vs a crock pot? :?: :dont:

Im all ears on this one. 8)

As I stated in my original post (not saying it can't be done); when I utilize a crockpot it is for something I plan to walk away from until done. When I cook chili I utilize several dumps during the cooking process thus why I prefer stove top. Yes I could utilize a crockpot and still do my dumps but what would be the sense in using a crockpot if I must still attend it and spend 2 to 3 times the amount of time verses the stove top. :roll: Sorry just stating my humble opinion but good chili just like good Q is a food of love thing. My mother makes a decent tasting brisket in her crockpot but I prefer mine the traditional smoked method.


And thats what I plan to do. Put the chili on during when I get home from work and go to bed so it will be ready when I wake up to eat. Once I put evreything in my chili, I leave it alone until it's just about done. Then I will add some more jalapenos and onions for about another 30 minutes or so.

Cooking it in the crockpot will be a learning curve though.
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Re: Crockpot Chili

Postby tex_toby » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:50 pm

nascarchuck wrote:
BAR "G" BBQ wrote:
Gator wrote:This begs the question of what would the difference be in cooking on the stove vs a crock pot? :?: :dont:

Im all ears on this one. 8)

As I stated in my original post (not saying it can't be done); when I utilize a crockpot it is for something I plan to walk away from until done. When I cook chili I utilize several dumps during the cooking process thus why I prefer stove top. Yes I could utilize a crockpot and still do my dumps but what would be the sense in using a crockpot if I must still attend it and spend 2 to 3 times the amount of time verses the stove top. :roll: Sorry just stating my humble opinion but good chili just like good Q is a food of love thing. My mother makes a decent tasting brisket in her crockpot but I prefer mine the traditional smoked method.


And thats what I plan to do. Put the chili on during when I get home from work and go to bed so it will be ready when I wake up to eat. Once I put evreything in my chili, I leave it alone until it's just about done. Then I will add some more jalapenos and onions for about another 30 minutes or so.

Cooking it in the crockpot will be a learning curve though.


If you are going to leave it on all night, I would suggest using low for the entire cook. For me, I never cook anything 100% high on the crockpot. Sometimes if I want to finish sooner, I will use high for a few hours and then turn to low, but if I have the time (like overnight) - low is good for the whole cook.

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Re: Crockpot Chili

Postby nascarchuck » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:57 pm

tex_toby wrote:
If you are going to leave it on all night, I would suggest using low for the entire cook. For me, I never cook anything 100% high on the crockpot. Sometimes if I want to finish sooner, I will use high for a few hours and then turn to low, but if I have the time (like overnight) - low is good for the whole cook.

tex 8)


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Re: Crockpot Chili

Postby mgwerks » Mon Apr 13, 2009 3:37 pm

I'm kinda with Bar G on this one. One suggestion I might make is to brown your meat in a skillet before you assemble the ingredients in the crock pot. You aren't going to get that cooking it all the way in the crock pot.
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