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Chili in Crock Pot

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Incredibly flavorful, full of protein, and very filling, this crockpot chili needs to be added to your dinner rotation when it is chilly outside.
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Table of Contents
  1. CHILI CROCKPOT RECIPE INGREDIENTS
  2. SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
  3. HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT CHILI RECIPE
  4. HOW TO SERVE CROCK POT CHILI
  5. HOW TO STORE CROCKPOT CHILI
  6. CHILI RECIPE CROCK POT FAQs
  7. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Coming home to the smell of this hot crockpot chili bubbling away is the definition of comfort. Cozy, warm, and hearty, a big bowl of this easy recipe featuring saucy ground beef and tender vegetables is the perfect way to end a cold day.

You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of chili. We can help you out with several variations, including our vegetarian chili and our classic chili

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CHILI CROCKPOT RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can of kidney beans
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can of chili hot beans
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder, divided
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon of garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon of salt

PRO TIP:

Chili hot beans are a variety of beans you can find in the canned beans aisle of most grocery stores. If you can’t find these chili beans or don’t wish to use them, you can substitute them with another can of kidney beans.

While buying a bulb of garlic would be the freshest option, I often keep a jar of already minced garlic in my fridge to add to recipes calling for garlic cloves. Either option will work for this recipe.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VEGETABLES: Homemade chili is such a flexible recipe. You can add any vegetables that you enjoy in chili, including red bell peppers, celery, carrots, or corn. You can also add more beans to replace the meat. Add another variety such as black beans, pinto beans, or more kidney beans.

MEAT: In place of the ground beef, you could easily substitute another ground meat such as ground turkey or ground porks in this great recipe.

TOPPINGS: Chili is not complete, in my opinion, without shredded cheddar cheese on top right before serving. Cheddar or a nacho blend would be the best choice. Other favorite toppings include a dollop of sour cream or crushed corn chips, or tortilla chips.

SPICE: Chili is a great recipe to spice up. Add a dash of cayenne pepper or hot sauce for an extra kick in this easy crockpot recipe.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT CHILI RECIPE

STEP ONE: Dice the onion, green peppers and garlic.

Crockpot Chili process shot of diced vegetables and garlic in a skillet

STEP TWO: Heat the oil in a large skillet and saute the vegetables for 2 to 3 minutes.

STEP THREE: Add the ground beef and cook until almost browned. Drain any excess grease.

PRO TIP:

For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month. Once the veggies are sauteed for this recipe, you can toss in the already browned meat to warm and then add the chili powder.

Crockpot Chili process shot of ground beef added to the skillet of vegetables

STEP FOUR: Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chili powder over the ground beef and continue cooking until the meat is done.

Crockpot Chili process shot of chili powdered added to the ground beef

STEP FIVE: Add the meat mixture and the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well to combine.

Crockpot Chili process shot of ingredients in a crockpot

STEP SIX: Let chili cook on low for 4 hours.

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HOW TO SERVE CROCK POT CHILI

Serve this crockpot chili con carne piping hot in a bowl or even a fun bread bowl. Top with shredded cheese, and you’ll have the ultimate comfort food. Add a caesar salad on the side for a bit of fresh greens and cheese biscuits, or our cornbread on the side is a must to mop up all of that delicious sauce in the bowl.

HOW TO STORE CROCKPOT CHILI

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this homemade crockpot chili in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This hearty slow cooker chili freezes extremely well and can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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I can’t think of a more comforting and mouth-watering meal on a cold night than a warm pot of chili. This is the best chili recipe with all of those rich flavors mingling together and slowly simmering until ready to serve. Toss a batch in your crockpot today, and you will have a tasty and filling meal at dinnertime to warm up the whole family.

CHILI RECIPE CROCK POT FAQs

Can you overcook chili in a crockpot?

You can cook chili for up to 8 hours in the crockpot, but any longer and the meat and beans will become overcooked.

How do you thicken chili in a crockpot?

The easiest way to thicken chili in a crockpot is to add cornmeal. Add one tablespoon and cook for a further 10 minutes.

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Chili Crockpot Recipe

5 from 22 votes
Incredibly flavorful, full of protein, and very filling, this crockpot chili needs to be added to your dinner rotation when it is chilly outside.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 25 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or other cooking oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 pounds ground beef I use 80/20
  • 15.5 ounces kidney beans
  • 15.5 ounces chili hot beans
  • 29 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder divided
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Dice onion, green peppers, and garlic.
  • Heat oil in a large pan and sauté 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and cook until almost browned.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chili powder over ground beef and continue cooking until the meat is done.
  • Add meat and remaining ingredients to slow cooker and stir well to combine.
  • Cook on low for 4 hours.

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Notes

PRO TIP: Chili hot beans are a variety of beans you can find in the canned beans aisle of most grocery stores. If you can’t find these chili beans or don’t wish to use them, you can substitute them with another can of kidney beans.
 
PRO TIP: While buying a bulb of garlic would be the freshest option, I often keep a jar of already minced garlic in my fridge to add to recipes calling for garlic cloves. Either option will work for this recipe.
 
PRO TIP: For an even quicker cooking time, ground beef can be cooked ahead of time. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to a month. Once the veggies are sauteed for this recipe, you can toss in the already browned meat to warm and then add the chili powder.

Nutrition

Calories: 388kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 900mg | Potassium: 971mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 971IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 6mg
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  1. April D Kapanowski says

    5 stars
    I make basically the same crock pot chili, with a little bit easier twist to it. Instead of the onions, green peppers and tomato sauce…..I do a jar of chunky salsa. It has everything in it… NO CHOPPING. And you can omit the sugar if you want. 🥣

  2. Lue says

    5 stars
    My go to recipe for chili. I do add more chili powder, use fire roasted tomatoes and sometimes throw in a de-seeded jalapeño. A batch of homemade cornbread makes a wonderful dinner!

  3. Amy says

    5 stars
    I just tried this recipe and it is AMAZING!

    I highly recommend it to anyone that feels like a feel-good tasty Chili. But if you do have young ones be sure to dial back on the Chili powder.

  4. Laura says

    5 stars
    My husband loves this chili! so much, that we are going to eat the leftovers tonight. and he NEVER eats leftovers. What is the best way to reheat it?

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