Slow Cooker Chili

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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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Chili