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Cactus Chili

While most cacti are prickly, this slow cooker cactus chili is a recipe you'll really want to cling to!

Cactus Chili
Cactus Chili
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If you're looking for slow cooker beef chili recipes that will catch the attention of family and friends, Cactus Chili is one of the best slow cooker chili recipes around, topped with green onions, sour cream and red pepper flakes. It's the perfect recipe to make for that chili cook-off, and it's a great dish to share with loved ones. 

If you really want to give this recipe some flair true to its name, add real cactus in here. It'll definitely prickle your taste buds and make this dish the talk of your next family potluck!


Preparation Time15 min

Slow Cooker Time LOW7 hr



  • 2 (16-ounce) cans of stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (15-1/2-ounce) cans of light red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 cup Hunt's tomato sauce special
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • salt (to taste)
  • chopped green onions (to taste)
  • grated cheddar cheese (to taste)
  • red pepper flakes (to taste)


  1. Brown lean ground beef with chopped onions and garlic. Once browned, drain excess fat. 

  2. Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker, and mix thoroughly. Set slow cooker on low for 7-8 hours. 

  3. Once your cactus chili is done, serve it up with some of your favorite toppings. Sour cream, cheese, and green onions all make excellent additions!

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Some really dense cornbread cut into triangles would be a great accompaniment to this Cactus Chili. What exactly is the Hunt's tomato sauce special? I will admit I do not know what this special sauce is. It is also interesting that it calls for a cup of white wine.

@TOM701, Thanks for your comment. I believe it was more of a cute name for the recipe. However, cactus would be a great addition to the chili recipe. You can cook Nopales cactus much like you would green pepper. Let us know how it turns out if you make it! --Editor of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipe

I just reviewed the recipe on Cactus Chili. I believe you left something out of the recipe. I could not find the cactus.


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