Secret Ingredient Chili – Slow Cooker Recipe

Secret Ingredient CrockPot Chili

Fall has got to be the best time of the year for chili. The leaves are turning, the air is getting cooler, and nothing is better than a meal that comes together on its own. I came up with this recipe after tweaking some of my favorite chili recipes. It’s super easy – just empty all of the canned items into the slow-cooker and brown the meat. Combine everything and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

What makes this chili really stand out is the addition of two secret ingredients – raisins and cinnamon.

I promise, this is not going to taste anything remotely like an oatmeal raisin cookie! The raisins are a great addition for a subtle sweetness and they plump up over time cooking. A hint of cinnamon adds a hearty earthy flavor to the chili. So if you’re ready for a sweet, smoky twist on the old classic, try this one out and I guarantee you’ll be a fan! 


Easy Secret Ingredient Crock-Pot Chili
Serves 8
A delicious and easy crock-pot chili
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
  1. 1 lb. lean ground turkey (or beef)
  2. 1 cup frozen chopped onion (or 2 medium onions, chopped)
  3. 1 cup diced green pepper
  4. 1 (16oz) can of tomato sauce
  5. 1 (14oz) can Rotel Tomatoes, drained
  6. 1 (14oz) can black beans, drained
  7. 1 (14oz) can garbanzo beans, drained
  8. 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  9. 1/4 cup raisins
  10. 2 Tbsp chili powder
  11. 2 Tbsp cumin
  12. 1 tsp cinnamon
  13. salt and pepper to taste
  14. green onion, sour cream, cheddar cheese for garnish
  1. Brown meat on medium high until cooked through.
  2. Add all ingredients to slow-cooker and stir well to combine. Allow to cook 4-6 hours on low.
  3. Garnish with green onion, sour cream, and/or cheddar cheese.
Growing Up Zee

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  • Reply Sarcastic Parent (@ParentSarcastic) October 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I would have never thought to add raisins..we will have to try that 🙂

  • Reply ShortsSweetMom October 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I would have never thought of this combination. We will have to try it. 🙂

  • Reply Jen Enoch October 21, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    OK, so I know about cinnamon (or nutmeg), but raisins is a new one! Very interesting! I’m gonna have to give this a whirl. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to see how yummy this will turn out.

  • Reply aish das-padihari October 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I make vegetarian chili a lot. We call it rajma. I like the list of ingredients you have.

  • Reply Michael October 21, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Saving this recipe for next week

  • Reply caseyp1110 October 21, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Never thought of raisins and cinnamon in chili…how interesting! Must try!

  • Reply Jen G October 21, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Wow, I wouldn’t have thought of that!

  • Reply Shann Eva October 20, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I honestly never would have thought to put raisins or cinnamon in chili. How did you come up with this? It definitely sounds yummy and we’ll have to give it a try.

    • Reply Megan Z October 20, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      So I’ve used cinnamon forever as a secret ingredient. Recently, I was thinking raisins might really compliment the chili (almost like a sweet, smoky, hot chili flavor). I looked around the web to see if I was the only crazy person to try raisins, and I wasn’t!

  • Reply kimijo October 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    I would have never thought of adding raisins in a million years. Hey, great way to get the kids to eat them too! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole October 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Your secret ingredients are so interesting! I can’t wait to try this recipe out… Raisins and cinnamon in chili do sound suprisingly good!

    I love making crockpot recipes this time of year<3 Thank you so much for sharing!
    xo Nicole

  • Reply gloriousmomblog October 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Wow, that is original! I’ll have to give this a try.

  • Reply Georgiana October 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Omgoodness…this sounds so good. I NEVER would have thought to pair the raisins and cinnamon but now you’ve got me curious. YUM!

  • Reply Stacy @ Taylor411 October 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    My crazy confession, I have never ate Chilli before. My husband on the other hand would love this!!

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