The Best Freezer Chili

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The Best Freezer Chili

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Keyword: comfort foods, precooked
Main Protein: Beef, Ground Beef
Cooking Method: Slow Cooker, Stovetop
Servings: 8
Calories: 397kcal


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef browned
  • 1 onion coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 19 oz. kidney beans don't rinse or drain
  • 14 oz. Heinz chili style beans with liquid*
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 5 1/2 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • dash pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup this is my secret ingredient!
  • 1 large (gallon) freezer bag or reusable silicone bag


Assembly instructions:

  • Put all ingredients in a large resealable bag and squish them together to combine.
  • Remove excess air, seal, and freeze.

Stovetop Cooking instructions:

  • Thaw.
  • Heat in a large pot over medium heat until the desired temperature is reached.
  • Allow it to simmer so that the flavors meld.

Slow Cooker Cooking Instructions:

  • Thaw.
  • Cook in the slow cooker on low for 3-5 hours.


*Note: The chili-style beans can be hard to find. If your grocery store doesn't carry them, you can substitute pinto beans instead.
To make this dish vegetarian/vegan, substitute Mexican Ground Round for the beef.
If you want, you can top it with sour cream, shredded cheese, or cubed avocado.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 1110mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 987IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 7mg