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Crockpot Chili

One of my family’s favorite recipes is crockpot chili. I am all for a hot bowl of chili when it starts getting cooler. It is a hearty and protein-packed one-pot meal that everyone will be begging for more.

This recipe is also called slow cooker chili, but I call it delicious. Slow cooking chili gives the flavors time to develop so why not stitch on your slow cooker and forget it?

Let’s get cooking.

two bowls of Crockpot chili on a table with corn chips and a bowl of shredded cheddar cheese

Easy Crockpot Chili

While you are planning your recipe I wanted to share some recipe pairing ideas: chili goes great with a salad and fresh garlic bread and for dessert, I serve Hot Chocolate Bombs.

How to Make Easy Crockpot Chili

How do you make chili?

With my Crockpot or slow-cooker, of course. I like to make it organic for a bonus, so I choose organic vegetables, beef, and canned goods.

Crockpot Chili Ingredients

  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 large green pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 large red pepper seeds removed and chopped
  • 3 cans 14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • I can 14.5 oz chili beans in mild sauce
  • 1 can 14.5 oz red kidney beans (drained)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika

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Award winning chili recipe

Crockpot Chili Recipe

This amazing Crockpot Chili recipe is delicious, hearty, and perfect for chilly weather! Super easy to make and the ideal crowd-pleaser.
4.75 from 16 votes
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Course: Main Course, Recipes
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Tex Mex
Keyword: Best Chili, Crockpot Chili, Slow Cooker Chili
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 217kcal
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 large green pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 large red pepper seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cans 14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • I can 14.5 oz chili beans in mild sauce
  • 1 can 14.5 oz kidney beans (drained)
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Garnish:
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Add olive oil to the skillet then heat over medium, cook green and red pepper for 3 minutes, then add cook garlic and onions cook until vegetables are tender.
  • Transfer cooked vegetables to the crockpot.
  • Brown ground beef in the skillet until no longer pink, drain off the grease and add to the crockpot.
  • Open canned tomatoes, and beans then, add to the crockpot.
  • Add all spices (not fresh cilantro) to the crockpot. Stir.
  • Cover the Crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours.

Notes

This amazing Crockpot Chili recipe is delicious, hearty, and perfect for chilly weather! Super easy to make and the ideal crowd-pleaser.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1447IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4mg
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Supplies

You find all my food prep favorites HERE.

Tip: I use a regular Rival Crockpot (manual), so you don’t need a fancy one to get perfect chili.

Crockpot Chili Instructions (Step-by-Step)

One-pot meals are so easy; however, this recipe does require an extra step of sauteing vegetables and browning the ground beef on the stove top. The veggie preparation and browning of the ground beef can be done a day ahead, so in the morning, you remove them from the refrigerator and place them in your Crockpot. Then add the canned goods and spices, cover and turn it on and forget it.

Tip: The easiest way to saute is to use a large skillet and a Teflon safe spoon

Saute Vegetables

First, add olive oil to a skillet, then place it over medium heat. Then, add the chopped green peppers and red peppers, and cook for three minutes. 

Next, add onions, garlic, salt, and pepper cook until vegetables are tender. 

Then transfer vegetables to your Crockpot.

Added cooked vegetables to the Crockpot

Vegetables in Crockpot

 

Brown Ground Beef

Add the ground beef to the same skillet you used to cook the vegetables. Break apart the ground beef with a spoon or spatula as it browns. 

Transfer the browned ground beef to the Crockpot using a slotted spoon.

Cooked Ground beef in a white Crockpot

Cooked Ground beef

Canned Goods

Add three cans of diced tomatoes and a can of chili beans in a mild sauce to the Crockpot. Then open and drain a can of kidney beans and add to the Crockpot.

 

A Crockpot filled with Beans, tomatoes, ground beef, and sauteed vegetables.

Crockpot filled with meat and vegetables

Seasonings

Add all the spices (except the fresh cilantro) to the Crockpot, then stir.

Cover the Crockpot or slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.

A plate with the dry spices for the chili

You will want to make a large batch and enjoy it for days. This recipe freezes well, and it makes an easy dinner on a busy day since all you have to do is defrost, heat, and serve.

a bowl of Crockpot chili topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro.

Easy Crockpot Chili

 

 

Crockpot Chili Serving Ideas

You can serve your chili straight from the Crockpot; however, I like to serve it with additional toppings (sour cream, spring onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and fresh cilantro). You can also serve it over pasta, hot dogs, or baked potatoes. It is fun to serve the chili in bowls and invite your guests to top with their favorite toppings.

Toppings

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • Spring onions (chopped)
  • Jalapeno peppers

Favorite sides

  • Corn chips
  • Salsa
  • Saltine crackers
A bowl of chili topped with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro served with saltine crackers

Easy Homemade Beef Chili

 

You can serve an easy favorite Pine Bark Toffee; you can find the recipe HERE. It is the perfect amount of sweet and rich dark chocolate after chili.

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Christmas Crack

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Crockpot hot chocolate in a mug topped with marshmallows

Crockpot hot chocolate

Crockpot pulled pork is one of our family’s favorite recipes. You can place all the ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning and dinner is ready in eight hours.

Pulled pork Sandwich on a plate with pickles and potato chips

Pulled pork Sandwich

 

 

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Jackie

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Hi. What do you mean by chili beans in mild sauce? I’m not sure what that is.

Meegan

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Saving this recipe on my Comfort Food Pinterest Board. It sounds and looks delish for a cool evening.

Kristi @ Chatfield Court

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

I love chili and yours looks delish! I'll definitely give this a try.

Kim Purvis

Monday 26th of October 2020

It looks amazing! I am going to have to try chili with peppers I bet it tastes great! Pinned!

Kim

Monday 26th of October 2020

Wow that looks good! And I love that you have a vegan variation right below it...I have one of those! ;) Off to pin them both.

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