Slow cooker season is in full swing at our house! I've made a few different slow cooker recipes over the last few weeks and will be trying out a few more. Today's recipe is a new favorite of mine. Tortellini has been on my menu alot lately, so I decided to give it a try in chili. It was fantastic! Cheese is always good in chili, and when adding the tortellini, the cheesiness goes to a whole new level. Also, by adding the tortellini, you're stretching the recipe much further, making it great for larger families, or leftovers for lunch at work.
This chili is also great served at your next game day or holiday party! Set up the kitchen chili bar style with bowls of various toppings such as: diced onions, chopped cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheddar, corn or tortilla chips. Also serve it with some homemade Quick Peppery Cheddar Cheese Bread on the side for dipping! You can't go wrong with this crowd pleaser!
I made this batch of chili in a Programmable Stay or Go® 6 Quart Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach. This slow cooker has alot of great features including a clip that seals the lid onto the base, dishwasher safe, high, low and warm settings, as well as options for two, four, six, eight and ten hours of cooking! It also automatically switches to the warm setting when your cooking time is up. I love knowing that my dinner won't be burnt when I get home. All these features are great for successful slow cooker cooking.
Thanks to Hamilton Beach, you can enter to win this slow cooker to try for yourself! Good luck and happy entering!
If you're looking for a delicious and easy twist on regular chili, make sure to give this recipe a try!
Slow Cooker Tortellini Chili Recipe
Ingredients (8 servings)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium green pepper, diced
- 1- 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1- 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1- 15 ounce can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
- 1- 15.5 ounce can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1- 10 ounce package cheese tortellini
- chopped cilantro, diced onion, shredded cheddar, sour cream, corn chips for topping
In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium high heat until ground beef is no longer pink. Add green pepper within the last few minutes of cooking.
Transfer to the Hamilton Beach Programmable Stay or Go® 6 Quart Slow Cooker, then add diced tomatoes, beans, tomato juice, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, salt and pepper. Cook on high for two hours, or low for four hours. Within the last 15 minutes, cook tortellini according to package directions. Stir in right before serving scoop into bowls and top with condiments!
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