Bell Pepper Chili

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Bright colors and fresh flavors from peppers combine for a bowl full of bell pepper chili coziness made in your slow cooker or stove top.

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Bell Pepper Chili

It amazes me all the variations you can create of chili. It never gets boring to me because you can change it up so easily with ingredients you have on hand.

I had too many bell peppers in my refrigerator and was wanting to use them up before they spoiled but all the usual recipes just weren’t sounding good. One of my boys asked for chili and it occurred to me to change up from my usual corn chili and use the bell peppers.

Come to think of it I could have made Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers too!

I am big on letting the chili simmer on the stove top for the most flavor. However, I had a busy day ahead so I went ahead and used the crockpot so it didn’t need to be watched as closely. Both options are included in the instructions.

chili with bell peppers in bowl with wooden spoon

When using the crock pot I am always mindful of how different ingredients will hold up to the extended cooking time. I never want to end up with a pot of flavorless mush. You will notice the chopped bell peppers get added for the last hour.

This is exactly why. They won’t become mush this way. They will hold their pepper shape yet add a nice flavor to the chili. Remember they are a more mild sometimes sweet pepper so you won’t get a lot of heat from this recipe.

I made this again recently for a soup bar gathering with friends and it tasted amazing all evening long when kept on low. Topped with cheese and served with tortilla chips, I brought home an empty pot.

chili ingredients in crockpot

Hearty Chili

Here is your shopping list for a pot of hearty bell pepper chili:

  • hot sausage
  • onion
  • ranch-style pinto beans or chili beans
  • black beans
  • tomato sauce
  • diced tomatoes
  • taco seasoning homemade or store-bought
  • bell peppers 
  • fresh cilantro
  • limes 
chili with bell peppers in crockpot with metal spoon

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the skillet when the meat begins to brown.
  2. While the meat is cooking, combine the ranch beans, black beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning in a large crock-pot. Add the beef and onions. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4-8 hours.
  3. About an hour before you plan to serve this, add the bell peppers. Cook on LOW for 1 hour and then add the cilantro and lime. This will hold on the WARM setting for an additional 1-3 hours without any issues.

Stovetop Instructions

  1. Cook and crumble the sausage in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the pot when the meat begins to brown.
  2. When the onions are tender, add the beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, and Mexican spices. Bring to a simmer until the peppers are tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Scoop into bowls and garnish with the toppings of your choice.
chili in crockpot with wooden spoon

Soups and Chilis

Cooler weather always brings soups and chilis back to the top of the regular meals we eat. The full-body warmth you get from smelling and enjoying a hot bowl of soup is hard to describe. Our favorites are filled with meats and loaded with vegetables.

Some days call for a body and soul-warming soup. Vegetable soup with chicken and potatoes is a bowl full of goodness you will savor. Italian Vegetable Beef Soup, with its list of simple ingredients and cozy flavor, is one you should try as well.

Feast with your eyes first then delight your taste buds with slow cooker sweet and spicy meatballs with bell peppers.

If we are having soup savory waffles or biscuits are a must to go with it.

chili with bell peppers in bowl with wooden spoon

Bell Pepper Chili

Bright colors and fresh flavors from bell peppers come together in a bowl full of hearty chili coziness that can be made in your slow cooker or on the stove top.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound hot sausage
  • 1 medium onion chopped into ½-inch pieces, about 1 cup
  • 28 ounces canned ranch-style pinto beans or chili beans do not drain
  • 14 ounces canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • 14 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 30 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup taco seasoning homemade or store-bought
  • 3 large bell peppers chopped into ½-inch pieces, about 4 cups
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro chopped small
  • 2 medium limes about 2-4 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, adjust to taste

Optional Toppings

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • corn chips
  • green onions sliced thin
  • fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Cook and crumble the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the skillet when the meat begins to brown.
  • While the meat is cooking, combine the ranch beans, black beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning in a large crock-pot. Add the beef and onions. Cook on HIGH for 2 hours or on LOW for 4-8 hours.
  • About an hour before you plan to serve this, add the bell peppers. Cook on LOW for 1 hour and then add the cilantro and lime. This will hold on the WARM setting for an additional 1-3 hours without any issues.

Stovetop Instructions

  • Cook and crumble the sausage in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the pot when the meat begins to brown.
  • When the onions are tender, add the beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, and Mexican spices. Bring to a simmer until the peppers are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Scoop into bowls and garnish with the toppings of your choice.

Notes

I typically use red, orange, and yellow bell peppers for this recipe, however any variety of bell pepper will work nicely.

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal · Carbohydrates: 44g · Protein: 20g · Fat: 17g · Saturated Fat: 5g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g · Monounsaturated Fat: 7g · Trans Fat: 0.1g · Cholesterol: 41mg · Sodium: 2079mg · Potassium: 1030mg · Fiber: 13g · Sugar: 13g · Vitamin A: 2856IU · Vitamin C: 69mg · Calcium: 95mg · Iron: 5mg
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