Slow-Cooked Chili

Slow-Cooked Chili

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Alaska: The Last Frontier on Discovery Channel

It’s one week until the Super Bowl and that means it’s definitely chili time, not to mention the fact that we’ve been experiencing one of the coldest Januarys on record here on the Kenai Peninsula, which is another excellent reason to cook up a big, hearty pot of chili.

I love my crockpot and it gave this recipe some great flavor that can only be achieved from 8 hours of low and slow cooking.  Invite over a crew, make a batch of Cheddar Green Chile Cornbread to go along with your chili, and enjoy some friends, family, food, and football.

Slow-Cooked Chili

Yield: 6 servings

Slow-Cooked Chili

Adapted from Global Dish


  • 1lb ground turkey, beef, or moose (I used moose)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/3c tomato paste
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes (or tomato sauce, your preference)
  • 1 (14oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 (14oz) can white kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 (14oz) can chicken broth (as needed to reach desired chili consistency - I used the whole can)
  • 1c firmly packed fresh baby spinach, torn
  • 2T chili powder
  • 2t apple cider vinegar
  • 2t brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste (be generous)
  • Sour cream, chopped green onions, grated cheddar for toppings


  1. Brown meat in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook 3-5 minutes.
  2. Pour meat, onions, and garlic into crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients (except toppings) to crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Serve hot with toppings.


Like your chili really spicy? Throw in one or two chopped jalapeños.

Don't like chunks of tomato in your chili? Substitute tomato sauce for equally delicious results.

Method: Since posting this recipe, I have also tried making it on the stovetop, simmered on low 2 hours. Equally tasty.


First recipe I've seen with spinach, interesting I will have to try that.

Chef Charlie39
Chef Charlie39

Does Moose taste like Elk?  I haven't had elk for many, many years.  My present husband is not a hunter and we live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. There are coastal elk and deer,but having grown up in north eastern Oregon I do miss the wild life game.

I spent many years traveling and working in Alaska. If I were a young person,this is where I would be.  I am 72 now and feel everyday of it. Having a stroke a few years ago has changed my quality of life and ability to function as I did in the past.

God Bless you and your family,

Carolyn Bertram- personal chef and insurance loss control rep (retired)



After eating a bowl of chili, , Maya told me it was made with moose meat. It was tasty and the flavor wasn't that different from beef. Sneaky!

alaskafromscratch moderator

 @Chef Charlie39 I haven't tasted elk (we don't have any elk up in this part of Alaska), but I can say that moose tastes similar to beef, just much leaner. It's not particularly gamey. Thank you for stopping by. Bless you! 


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