Crock Pot Chili Colorado

I wanted to make something in the crock pot for a ‘taco’ party we had on Saturday night, but wanted something different. This recipe is great because it’s easy: you throw everything into the crock pot, and you can spoon the goodness into steamed collard green ‘shells’, romaine lettuce shells, over squash, or on your eggs (like I did this morning!). Very versatile and SUPER TASTY!

The original recipe is based off of Sarah Fragraso’s Chili Colorado, which you can find here. All I did was make it a bit easier for a weeknight. Note, I made mine in a six quart crock pot – and filled that bad boy. I suggest doing the same and then freezing it for a later meal!! How fun is that?


Crock Pot Chili Colorado

  • 4 tbsp ground cumin*
  • 4 tbsp Mexican Oregano*
  • 3.5 tbsp New Mexico Chile Spice*
  • 2.5 tbsp California Chile Spice*
  • 2.5 tbsp Chile de Arbol Spice*

Note: The spice ‘heat’ on this recipe was perfect for my family. NOT super-hot. If you are hesitant, you can ALWAYS cut it down to start and add more spice later!!

  • 1 large yellow onion (or 2 small-medium), pulsed in food processor
  • 8 garlic cloves, pulsed in food processor
  • 1-2 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 2 – 14oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 – 6oz cans of tomato paste
  • 2-4 tablespoons coconut oil or avocado oil
  • 3-4 lbs pork tenderloin, cubed
  • Black pepper and sea salt to taste


How to:

  1. Have your crock pot out and waiting…
  2. Mix all spices together in a bowl.
  3. Take pulsed onion and garlic, broth (start with one cup), tomato sauce, and paste and place in crock pot.
  4. Toss in all spices, mix well.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  6. Brown all sides of cubed pork. Salt and pepper while stirring around.
  7. Toss in pork to crock pot, mix well.
  8. Turn on high for 4-5 hours, or, turn on low for 8-10.
  9. Test flavor, add more spice if needed.
  10. Serve with avocado, fresh cilantro. Toss in a lettuce cup or over spaghetti squash. Delicious!

*I use El Guapo brand for all the spices, found at most major grocery stores, and cheap.


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