Crock Pot Italian Chili

Homecoming week It’s homecoming week friends here in Estes Park, Colorado. Isn’t my girl adorbs? GO BOBCATS! She’s going to kill me for posting this photo of her on my blog. But I can’t help it, she’s so stinking cute. Busy fall nights have made all of the work I did a few weeks ago prepping 15 frozen crock pot meals sooooo worth it. I’m becoming the diva of the slow cooker!

Yesterday I fixed the crock pot Italian Chili and it was a hit with the hubs. I asked some Facebook friends if they wanted the recipe and 30 or so of you said yes. So here it is:

Crock Pot Italian Chili

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