Easy Winter Chili Recipe

This easy winter chili recipe isn’t fancy, simple to make, and an absolute must-make for your family on chilly winter nights.

It’s November and now that colder days are here, we can start to share winter recipes right? Don’t you just love cold-weather comfort foods? Your family is sure to love this easy winter chili recipe, it will become a family favorite. Since it is more on the sweet, then the heat side, all ages will run to the dinner table, when this is on the menu.

Sweet Winter Chili

Who doesn’t love a big bowl of hot chili on a cold day? Add a little cheese and sour cream, and you will love this comfort dish! We are so excited to share my husbands chili recipe with you today! Once he made this, our search for a good chili recipe was over. Hands down, this is literally the best chili I have ever eaten. It’s definitely a recipe you will add to your collection.

How Do We Make This Amazing Chili?

We use basic ingredients listed below. Such an amazing balance of textures, spies, and flavors are sure to please! We did not include onions because our kids don’t like them, but they are a fun addition for flavor!

Chili with cheese and cornbread in a bowl on the counter

Easy Winter Chili Recipe

This quick and easy recipe, made with basic simple everyday ingredients is sure to keep you and your family warm on cold winter nights.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people

you will need

  • Crock Pot


  • 1 Green Pepper finely chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper finely chopped
  • 1 Yellow Pepper finely chopped
  • 1 Orange Pepper finely chopped
  • 2 Cans Sweet Corn Do Not Drain
  • 1 Can Dark Red Kidney Beans Do Not Drain
  • 1 Can Light Red Kidney Beans Do Not Drain
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 2 lbs Hamburger Meat 75-80% lean (You want the Grease) Do Not Drain
  • 1 Packet Chili Mix
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Mesquite Seasoning
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Onion Optional


    1. Put your crockpot on high. Add both red and dark kidney beans into the crock pot. Dump out 3/4 off the juice from can and keep about 1/4 of the juice.
    2. Finely dice up all your green peppers. Add butter to pan on medium heat. Dump your cans of corn (do not drain) and your peppers. Sprinkle your salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder onto the vegetables. Sauté on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
    3. Brown your hambuger meat in a pan, sprinke you mesquite seasoning over meat once it has browned. Do not drain the grease. Now add the meat to the crockpot.
    4. Next add you vegetables, chili powder, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper to the crockpot and stir.


Once all of you ingredients are added, leave the crockpot on high for 2-3 hours. Then decrease temperature too low or warm until you are ready to serve. 
Top with cheese and sour cream. 
Keyword Chili, Chili Recipe, Winter recipe


Chili Ingredients
A green, yellow, red, orange, sitting on cutting board on counter in kitchen
Rainbow of Green Peppers
2 cans of Super Sweet Corn sitting on counter in kitchen
2 Cans of Sweet Corn
Can of Dark red and Light Red Kidney Beans
Hamburger meat in package sitting on kitchen counter
Hamburger Meat
Chili Powder Mix sitting on counter
Chili Powder


Corn in white bowl on kitchen counter
Sweet Corn (Do not Drain Juice)
Kidney Beans in white bowls on counter
Kidney Beans drain 3/4 of juice
Wet Washed Peppers in sink in strainer
Wash your peppers and strain water
Sliced and diced green pepper on cutting board sitting on counter with strainer
Dice Your Peppers
Died yellow, orange, red, green peppers in white bowls on kitchen counter
Diced Peppers
Crockpot with meat inside and bowls of kidney beans and hili mix on kitchen counter
Cooked Meat, Beans, Chili Powder
Corn, butter, peppers, onion, and garlic powder in pan on stove
Saute Corn, Peppers, butter on stove
All items for chili in crockpot adding brown sugar on kitchen counter
Adding in Brown Sugar
Chili with cheese in bowl corn bread on plate with butter
Finished! Add some cornbread and your ready for dinner!

We hope you enjoyed this easy winter chili recipe, be sure to also check out our fried green tomato recipe! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and join our private Facebook page. Let us know what you like to add into you chili in the comments.

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