Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili simmered low and slow for 4 hours! A quick and easy make ahead meal that makes tons of leftovers!

Easy Beef Slow Cooker Chili | chefsavvy.comI absolutely love chili. It’s super hearty, meaty, rich and thick. It’s the ultimate comfort food. Perfect for lazy fall days. Chili is even better in a slow cooker. This recipe takes little to no effort and tastes amazing. Cooking it low and slow really allows the flavor to develop and the chili to thicken.

How to Make Chili in a Slow Cooker

This chili is super easy to throw together and only takes 10 minutes of prep time. I like to brown my ground beef and onion in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker for extra flavor. Everything else gets added to the slow cooker except for the black beans and dark red kidney beans. They get added 30 minutes before serving.

Serve with shredded Mexican cheese, green onions, tortilla strips, sour cream and enjoy!

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How Long Should I Cook Chili in a Slow Cooker

Cook the chili on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. 30 minutes before serving I add in the beans to heat them through. This ensures they are still nice and firm and aren’t mushy.

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For a little kick I added some chipotle chili powder. You can also use some chilies in adobo if you have that on hand. This recipe is not too spicy and has just a little kick.

This recipe makes enough to serve 6-8 people and always leaves tons of leftovers. The perfect meal for busy weeknights or Sunday dinner.

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Slow Cooker Chili

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Slow Cooker Chili simmered low and slow for 4 hours! A quick and easy make ahead meal that makes tons of leftovers!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder you can substitute chilies in adobo sauce as well. Add to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

For serving

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • green onions
  • tortilla chips


  1. Heat a large skillet with olive oil.
  2. Add in ground beef and onion. Cook until meat is browned and no longer pink. Drain excess grease.
  3. Add the ground beef and onion mixture to a slow cooker.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients except the beans.
  5. Cook the chili on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours. 30 minutes before serving add in the beans.

  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 645mg18%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Chili


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