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Can you put raw hamburger in the crock-pot for chili?

I've heard both yes and no on this... So what is it, really?!


Asked by anestheticsex at 11:18 AM on Jul. 24, 2012 in Food & Drink

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Answers (14)
  • well.... YES.... but generally the outcome is a little weird texture since the grease has no place to go then

    Answer by hibbingmom at 11:26 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • I personally would cook it. That's how I do it when I make chili

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 11:29 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • You can, but it will be better if you brown the beef and drain the grease before adding it to the crock.

    Answer by NannyB. at 11:30 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • Its gross because you wind up with a flat cooked single piece of ground beef. Disgusting. Ground beef is the only meat I cook before tossing into my crockpot.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 11:58 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • Personally, I wouldn't. I always cook & drain my meat first.

    Answer by 3libras at 11:45 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • You will like the chili better if it is precooked but you certainly can cook it raw in the crock pot.

    Answer by Dardenella at 11:48 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • You can but it weird. You get this red grease that isn't blood but looks like it and will continue to separate. It's safe but unpretty.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 11:56 AM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • If you crumble it up it should be fine texture wise, but the issue is the grease. That is the reason I cook anything that is overly greasy meet in the skillet before putting in the crock pot.

    Answer by aeneva at 12:36 PM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • I precook for things like chili and spaghetti sauce. I also usually make 9 or 10 meatloaves at a time and freeze them raw ~ and just place the entire frozen loaf in the crockpot on a rack with some water or juice in the bottom (you can use a wad of foil as well). That way the fat that cooks off can be removed with a turkey baster.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 1:09 PM on Jul. 24, 2012

  • I usually cook the hamburger first before adding it to my chili here are some recipes I use



    2 lbs. ground beef
    1 large onion
    1 large green pepper
    1 large jalapeno pepper
    Chili powder to taste
    Garlic salt to taste
    Salt to taste
    Pepper to taste
    Sugar to taste
    2 cans crushed tomatoes
    1 can tomato puree
    1 can kidney beans
    2 cans chili hot beans


    1. Brown beef. Saute chopped onion and green pepper in grease. Mix beef, onion and green pepper. Add spices; let stand 1 hour.

    2. Add tomatoes, tomato puree, beans; cook in crock pot for 8-10 hours.



    2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
    2 (16 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans, undrained
    1 lb. hamburger meat
    3 or 4 Tablespoons chili powder


    Answer by Christmaslver68 at 1:55 PM on Jul. 24, 2012