Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili, an easy recipe for the best chili ever, plus stove top and oven directions! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Traditional
Keyword chili crockpot, crockpot chili, slow cooker chili, slow cooker chili recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 414kcal


  • 2 pounds ground chuck or ground beef of your choice
  • 2 packets chili seasoning, mild (I use McCormick brand)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin*
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 ounce pinto beans drained and rinsed (add an extra can if you like a lot of beans)
  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes


  • 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. 


* Yes, this seems like a lot of extra seasoning, trust me, it's the right amount!
Refer to for stovetop and oven directions. 


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