Rival 3.0 Quart Slow Cooker model 3100/2

I currently own two new slow cookers that I almost never use. They are larger four or five quart models that make more food than I need. Instead, whenever I prepare a slow cooker dish, I like to pull out an old hand-me-down that my mom and dad gave me years ago. I’m not sure how old it really is. I suspect at least 30 years or so, but it does a great job and I feel 3 quarts is about the right amount for chili’s, soups and stews. This unit is so old that the ceramic pot does not even come out! You have to carefully wash it in water making sure not to get the electrical components wet. Even though I have to go through this every time I use it I still think it’s worth while. Call me a traditionalist or whatever.

Imagine my surprise when I even saw a couple for sale on EBay! Two were used for about $12 and one was ‘new’ at $30. If you’re in the market for a small slow cooker then I suggest you check these out. I also like the fact that the cover is made out of glass. I’ve never been all that fond of plastic lids.

Like myself, over the years, it’s received its share of nicks and dents, but like all things made in America it has stood the test of time.

Following is a recipe for chili that I make quite often and really enjoy. There is nothing fancy about it, but I prefer this dish over many of the more refined chili’s I’ve eaten over the years.


1 lb ground beef, browned and drained

1 pkg McCormick’s chili mix, original

1 15 oz can of red kidney beans, drained

½ med bell pepper, chopped

1 can diced tomatoes

1 tsp garlic, minced

½ medium white onion, chopped

¼ cup of beer

1 tsp parsley flakes

¼ tsp cilantro

¼ tsp pepper


In a medium frying pan, brown the ground beef and drain off excess fat. Add this along with the rest of the ingredients excepting the kidney beans. Slow cook on high for approximately 3 hours. About one hour before the end of the cooking time add the beans after first rinsing them off. This will serve about four.

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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22 Responses to Rival 3.0 Quart Slow Cooker model 3100/2

  1. This snow makes me wish it was summertime by now. I really miss the weekend barbecues.


  2. Alex says:

    I just inherited a similar crock pot (3.5 quarts, and was glad that you put a recipe in here. Never used one, but I’ll be sure to use your recipe first! Thanks!


  3. Tom says:

    I’m very happy to find you today after buying this model CrockPot at a garage sale!! your photo reassures me that it’s the same one! It’s in good condition but I need to try it to make sure it’s working properly. Glad to have your chili recipe. Never owned a crockpot before…or did a long time ago, so I’m learning.. Any sites that you could recommend would be appreciated.


    • forsythkid says:

      Congrats on the CrockPot! Yes, they take some time to get used to and each one has a unique personality so plan on experimenting. The best places I’ve found for recipes are sites like you Tube. Good luck!

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  4. Ryan says:

    I have the same crock pot and I noticed a white powdery substance is on the inside of mine after I wash it- I’m somewhat concerned for my health. I found your blog after a Google search of Rival 3100. You wouldn’t happen to have the same problem with yours, would you? :O


    • forsythkid says:

      Best guess is that what you’re seeing might be a calcium deposit due to hard water. Probably nothing to be concerned with. I’ve see the same thing in mine but have not suffered any ill effects after using it all these years. Thanks for your comment!


    • elaine021455 says:

      White vinegar will take care of that. If not try CLR.


  5. Marian Massman says:

    Please, fo you have a replacement lid for my Rival 3 & 1/2 quart crock pot – model 3100? It originally had a plastic lid which broik and I have not been able to find a LID that fits the pot. Please help!
    Thank you.


  6. m says:

    can you tell me what size cake n bake insert fits in the 3100/2 model.


  7. Stew says:

    Does your unit heat up on the bottom and sides, or just the bottom? I ask because I just purchased a similar unit (same model number, but different color) from a thrift store and the sides heat up, but not the bottom.


  8. stewpidiot says:

    Does your model heat up from both the bottom and sides, or just the sides? I ask because I recently purchased a similar model (same model number, but different color) from a thrift store and the sides of mine heat up, but not the bottom.


    • forsythkid says:

      I actually took mine apart just before throwing it out! The elements were only on the sides if my memory serves me. I also discovered that the device was not reaching the correct temperature (was not hot enough) and so there was a question of whether or not the food was getting completely cooked. Hope these comments help.


      • stewpidiot says:

        Thanks! What temperature should the device be reaching?


      • elaine021455 says:

        I hope you were able to replace your crockpot. There are some on Ebay. I had one of those new-fangled programmable ones that I hated. It over cooked EVERYTHING even on the warm setting. I gave it to my husband to take to work – they ‘cook’ on his shift. I wanted what my mother had back in the day – where you could put it on low, come back 8-10 hours later and your meal would be ready to serve. Instead someone decided they knew better than us and set new regulations on the new crockpot models so that they cook the food super fast in like 3-4 hours. I don’t work 3-4 hours. I found my beauty at a yard sale for $5. I love it. Works like a charm. It’s just the right size for two and there is usually some left over to take for lunch the next day.


  9. Bogarus says:

    You used canned kidney beans. I just read the RAW warning.
    From wikipedia: “Raw kidney beans, and, to a lesser extent, some other such beans as broad beans or fava beans, contain the toxin phytohemagglutinin. Boiling destroys this toxin, but the far lower temperature of a slow cooker does not….”
    Cheers on your chili recipe.


  10. elaine021455 says:

    This is why those new models overcook everything. I honestly do not remember people dropping like flies in the 70’s over food cooked in a crock pot.


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