Perfect Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Chili is so rich flavorful that it quickly became our family favorite dish. It is easy to prepare and packed with proteins, making it the best crockpot chili recipe.

This dish is the perfect comfort food that is packed with tons of flavors. You can enjoy it with some baked potatoes, fried chicken, or crispy rosemary potatoes.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chili

 

The Best Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

We love making chili, and it is actually one of our favorite foods to make. We also think that the Slow Cooker Chili method is the best one, as it results in such a deep and flavorful dish. It slowly cooks for about 6 hours, which makes the beef super tender with rich texture, and the beans creamy and delicious. Also, it is super easy to make, and the perfect comfort food dish.

You can throw everything in the morning and have a wonderful chili dinner that night. In addition, we like our chili to be pretty thick, therefore we try to use a bit less liquid. However, if you like it runnier, we would suggest adding more tomato sauce or broth.

Also, feel free to adjust the spiciness in it. So if you want a spicier kick, add in more chili powder, or some crushed red pepper flakes. This dish is ideal for family dinner, larger gathering, or game day. And of course, leftovers are delicious, and it tastes even better the next day!

HOW TO MAKE Slow Cooker CHILI?

This Crock Pot Chili is very simple and one of the easiest recipes to make. Once you have all the ingredients ready, you are pretty much set!

  • Start by sauteing onion and garlic and add to the slow cooker.
  • Then, brown the ground beef and also add it to the pot.
  • Once the beef is cooked, add all of the remaining ingredients to the crockpot and cook.
  • Serve into individual bowls and top with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COOK CHILI IN THE SLOW COOKER?

The convenience of this recipe is that you can put the ingredients in the crockpot and cook pretty much all day long. We love cooking it on LOW, this way it is denser, richer, and more flavorful. It should be cooked on low for at least 4 hours, but for best results, we recommend cooking it for 6 hours.

WHAT TOPPINGS DO YOU PUT ON CHILI?

Some of our favorites are listed below:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips
  • Diced avocados
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sliced cilantro
  • Jalapeno slices
  • Lime wedge
  • Bacon

Can I Make This Chili recipe in an Instant Pot?

Absolutely. You can check out the Instant Pot Chili recipe here.

Can I Make This Chili on the Stovetop?

If you don’t have a slow cooker this can also easily be made on the stove top. We do have the stovetop version on our blog as well and can be accessed by clicking here.

Can I Freeze Slow Cooker Chili?

Yes, this dish freezes really well and also reheats great. We like to freeze it in small batches or portion size, this way we simply pack it to our son school lunch. Before freezing, ensure that the chili is completely cooled. Then transfer into a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Homemade Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe Tips

  • To make it spicier, add a seeded jalapeno or two along with the veggies.
  • Also, for a vegetarian version, skip the beef altogether.
  • We like to use pinto or kidney beans, but you can use any kind you like. Kidney beans are great because they hold up well even in the slow cooker when cooked for a longer period.
  • Ensure the dish is completely cooled before storing in the fridge or freezer.
  • We only use 1/2 cup of beef broth because we love the chili to be thick. However, you can adjust the thickness by using more liquid such as extra beef broth, or tomato sauce.
  • In addition, for a thicker texture and a deeper beef flavor, you could substitute the broth with a spoonful of beef base.

TOOLS USED IN MAKING THIS SLOW COOKER CHILI:

  • Slow Cooker: We have a 7-Quart version because it is a little bit bigger, but you can use a smaller version as well.
  • Cast Iron Skillet: To brown the beef and to saute the onions, we highly recommend doing it in a cast iron skillet.
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5 from 1 reviews
Best EVER Slow Cooker Chili
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 6 hours Total time: 6 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil 
  • 1  medium yellow onion  (diced)
  • 4 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 2 pounds  85 or 90% lean ground beef 
  • 2 tablespoons  light brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons  chili powder 
  • 2 tablespoons  ground cumin 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  ground cinnamon 
  • 28 ounces  canned crushed tomatoes 
  • 3 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  salt  (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  ground black pepper  (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes 
  • 1/4 cup  cocoa powder  (unsweetened)
  • 3 cups  beef broth 
  • 2 cans  15 ounces each, kidney beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 15 ounces  canned cannellini beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup  canned sweet corn  (rinsed and drained)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and then saute the onion in it for about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the ground beef, and cook for about 6-7 minutes until no longer pink and the onions are soft. Break the meat with a wooden spoon.
  3. Drain the fat and add the beef mixture to a large slow cooker.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients except beans and stir well. Cover with lid and cook on Low heat for 5 - 6 hours or for 3 hours on High.

  5. Stir in the beans and allow to heat through about 15-30 minutes. Serve warm with desired toppings.

Calories: 313 Carbohydrates: 27 Protein: 32 Fat: 9 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 70 Sodium: 1065 Potassium: 1160 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 8 Vitamin A: 935 Vitamin C: 11.6 Calcium: 120 Iron: 7.7
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Candy

Anytime I can use my slow cooker it is a win for me. Chili is perfect for this windy cold day 

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Melissa Chapman

That chili does look amazing and perfect for a day like today. I need to use my crock pot more and this would be a great way to start.

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Monica Y

As I lay down sick in bed, I can just picture me making this delicious and easy recipe, to help me feel better. Now to order the ingredients online so I don't have to leave the house

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Tami

My husband enjoys chili during the winter on a weekly basis. I have never tried limes with mine, but will be the next time.

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Brandy

This looks like a super delicious crock pot chili meal to whip up. we love our chili here, going to give your recipe a try soon!

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Teresa

I really like the idea of cooking chili in a slow cooker. I imagine this saves so much time and energy as chiclit can be quite a laborious recipe sometimes

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Gisele

This makes me hungry for chili! I'm a pescatarian so I use Boca crumbles or MSF crumbles in my chili. This sounds awesome though.

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Lynndee

That looks good! We have a favorite slow cooker recipe too from my MIL. Love eating chili in the wintertime. 

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Tabitha Blue

Chili is one of our fave meals as well! And everything in the slow cooker is so easy... I'm all for delicious and easy meals. :)

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Swathi

That is delicious and perfect slower cooker chili, so flavorful like the spicy kick with jalapenos. so yum and comforting.

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Ruth I

I love chili dishes! This looks super good and easy to make! I will definitely try this recipe. Yum!

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Beth

This looks really good! I never thought about freezing chili, but the next time I make a big batch, I'll freeze some.

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Rika Agustini

My kids and i love chili! This slow cooker recipe is perfect for any day!

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Hi Rika, thanks for stopping. Yes this is one of our favorite chili recipes, it's is so flavorful, rich and perfect for dinner. Glad you have enjoyed it!

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Ricci

Oh man, this chili looks amazing! I usually make my chili on the stove top but I need to try making it in the crockpot!

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