· 1 Tbsp olive oil· 2 lbs lean ground beef· 1 large yellow onion, (finely chopped)· 3 cloves garlic, (finely minced)· 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies*· 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce· 1/2 cup beef broth· 2 Tbsp chili powder· 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin· 2 tsp paprika· 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder· 1 tsp granulated sugar· 1/2 tsp ground coriander· Salt and freshly ground black pepper· 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, (drained and rinsed)· 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, ( drained and rinsed)· Shredded cheddar cheese, (for serving)
Step 1Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.Step 2Add onion and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour onions into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.Step 3Return skillet to medium-high eat, add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned.Step 4Drain most of fat from beef, leaving about 2 Tbsp in with beef (this is optional, I think it ads flavor but you can drain it all if you'd prefer). Pour browned beef into slow cooker.Step 5Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.Step 6Cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 - 6 hours.Step 7Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 2 minutes. Serve warm with desired toppings.