Chili con carne, chili with meat, is an extremely popular Mexican dish.
Who doesn’t like a warm bowl of meaty deliciousness, with a plate of tortilla chips, and some nacho cheese? It’s the perfect comfort food. Whether you are having a super bowl party or a Monday night dinner, it’s perfect for either occasion.
But, do you know what type of chili a person wouldn’t like?
A spoiled one.
You had a physically taxing day, after eating a bowl you were too mentally spent and forgot to put the chili into the fridge. Now on the next day, you are standing by the countertop contemplating whether you should consume this overnight chili.
Is It Ok To Leave Chili In A Crock Pot Overnight?
Here, we will describe to you three situations in which you will either have to throw the chili away or it will be safe for consumption.
1. Chili in a crockpot with no electricity
With no electricity, your food will be sitting inside the crockpot at room temperature.
Before we go any further, let’s talk about perishable and nonperishable foods. Perishable foods include meat, poultry, fish, milk, cooked pasta, etc. While foods like bread, pies, butter, certain hard cheeses, etc. are nonperishable foods and can be kept outside.
A typical chili consists of meat, rice, chili, and tomatoes. All of them when cooked are perishable foods. Meaning if a bowl of chili is kept between the temperatures, 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, after approximately two hours bacteria such as staphylococcus will start to form. The Staph bacteria are heat resistant and cannot be seen or smelled. So you will not be able to cook it out nor identify it through sight and smell. Consuming such bacteria-infested foods can cause food-poisoning and currently, 1 out of every 6 American suffers from this disease.
Also, if your chili is less acidic and is kept in a hot environment where the temperature is higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit then it will take less than an hour to form harmful bacteria.
Leaving your food overnight means it will be sitting inside the crock pot for up to 9 hours and without any sort of heat, it will be ruined in 2 hours.
So, you can’t keep your chili for more than two hours inside a crock pot with no electricity.
2. Chili in a crock pot that has been set to Warm
Some new versions of crockpot come with an option that automatically sets it to warm mode.
The warm mode keeps the temperature between 145 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The change in temperature is due to the amount of electricity your house is being supplied and how much of it is given to the crock pot.
If your crockpot has this feature and you are sure that it was on, then it’s probably ok to eat it after a 9 to 10 hour period. Granted that you or someone else didn’t remove the lid within that period.
So it’s ok to leave chili in a crock pot overnight on Warm mode.
3. Chili in a crock pot that has been set to Low
A crock pot has 3 settings for the amount of heat, low, medium, and high. If you had set the crock pot on low setting and your chili has a lot of moisture, meaning the chili is not thick, then you can eat it after a whole night. Because it will be burnt chili and the low setting keeps the temperature between 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
So it’s ok to leave chili in a crock pot overnight on low heat setting.