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Want a recipe that comes together in minutes? This Slow Cooker Chili is slowly simmered for hours and which makes for max flavor!

Chili in white bowl with cheese, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes and jalapeños

Slow Cooker Chili is an easy recipe for the best chili ever, plus I’ve included stove top and oven directions!

Classic Beef Chili, is one of those iconic comforting dishes we all make again and again. I have been making this recipe for years and years and it is the best we have ever tasted.

It’s super simple, just tomato sauce, ground beef, pinto beans, and lots of spices. Normally, I will make it on the stovetop or even in the oven, but I wanted to make an even easier version – in the slow cooker!

Why this Recipe Works:

  • With minimal easy to access ingredients this is the perfect meal to make up.
  • This is slow cooked, throw everything together and forget about it which makes it super easy.
  • This feeds a crowd and can be doubled if you are serving more.

Overhead of white bowl filled with Slow Cooker Chili

This crockpot chili recipe literally goes together in about 10 minutes, just throw everything into the slow cooker and don’t think about it again for another 4-10 hours.

Yes, 4-10 HOURS. This is the beauty of this recipe, it can keep on cooking for 10 hours and it’s fine.

When I used to work outside of the home and I had my slow cooker working away, I always was kind of nervous about what I might come home to. A lot of the time my dinner would be dried out.

But not with this recipe, basically, the longer it cooks the better it gets and no need to worry if you have an extra long shift at work!

Close up of Chili with toppings in white bowl

How to make Crockpot Chili:

  1. Brown ground beef in a large pot over high heat, you want a good sear here. Drain off the excess fat.
  2. Place pot back on the burner, add spices and “fry” the spices in the remaining fat and mix everything together, about 3 minutes. This helps to have an extremely flavorful chili.
  3. Dump cooked ground beef into the slow cooker, add crushed tomatoes, and pinto beans. Cover, cook on low 4-10 hours.
  4. Serve with your favorite chili toppings like cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and jalapenos!

How to make chili on the stove top:

  1. Same as above, brown the ground beef over high heat in a large pot. Drain off the excess fat.
  2. Add dried spices to the ground beef, stir to combine and let cook for about 3 minutes until the spices bloom in the remaining fat.
  3. Add the pinto beans to the pot with the crushed tomatoes. Stir everything to combine.
  4. Simmer chili on medium-low to low heat covered for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure it doesn’t scorch on the bottom.
  5. Serve with your favorite garnishes.

How to make chili  in the oven:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. I suggest using a dutch oven for this version. Again, brown the ground beef over high heat, drain the fat.
  2. Season meat with the dried seasonings, mixing them into the beef. Let cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the beans and the tomato sauce, mix together. Cover and place in the oven for 2-4 hours until the desired doneness, you can check on it occasionally and stir it.
  4. Serve with your favorite toppings!

Overhead of chili in two white bowls

How to store:

This recipe is best stored in the refrigerator. It will be good for about 2 hours at room temperature.

To store in the refrigerator store in an airtight container and it should be good for about 3-4 days.

You can also freeze this recipe, to freeze let chill in the refrigerator then place in a freezer bag and place in the freezer, this should keep 4-5 months.

Tips and Tricks:

  • This recipe can be made the night before, just put everything in the crockpot and place in the refrigerator. Remove in the morning and turn on.
  • This recipe cane be frozen, see my tips above.
  • You can top this with any of your favorite toppings.
  • You can swap out the pinto beans with chili beans or kidney beans if you like that flavor better.
  • This can be left on anywhere from 4-10 hours.

Slow Cooker Chili in white bowl with various toppings

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Slow Cooker Chili

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Slow Cooker Chili, an easy recipe for the best chili ever, plus stove top and oven directions! 
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over high heat, brown the beef, breaking it up into crumbles. Drain, return to skillet over medium heat. Add the seasoning packets and all the dried seasonings. Mix to combine and cook an additional 3 minutes so the spices become fragrant. This is an important step and why this chili is so good!
  • Pour ground beef into the slow cooker set on low. Add the remaining beans and crushed tomatoes. Stir to combine. Cover and cook for 4-10 hours, stirring occasionally, every few hours if you can.
  • Alternatively, you can make everything and place into the slow cooker pot the night before, placed in the fridge, and in the morning, pop it into the base and turn on low, still cook 4-10 hours. 
  • Serve with desired garnishes. 

Notes

  1. This recipe can be made the night before, just put everything in the crockpot and place in the refrigerator. Remove in the morning and turn on.
  2. This recipe cane be frozen, see my tips above.
  3. You can top this with any of your favorite toppings.
  4. You can swap out the pinto beans with chili beans or kidney beans if you like that flavor better.
  5. This can be left on anywhere from 4-10 hours.
* Yes, this seems like a lot of extra seasoning, trust me, it's the right amount!
Refer to https://thissillygirlskitchen.com/slow-cooker-chili/ for stovetop and oven directions. 

Nutrition

Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 10.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 6mg
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Traditional

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This slow cooker chili looks so good. It would be perfect for guests watchung the game sunday.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so good. I love that you added some jalapeño slices on top. I like my chili spicy 🙂

  3. Alexis Kerr says:

    I would like to make this sometime this week. It looks and sounds delicious.

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