Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Chili is one of my all time most popular recipes, come fall and winter thousands of people make it every day! And for good reason, this is the best crockpot chili around! It’s incredibly flavorful, it’s packed with protein and perfectly hearty, plus it’s a dinner everyone can agree on.

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

  • Servings: 8 servings
  • Ready in 6 hours 25 minutes 
  • Prep Time 15 minutes
  • Cook Time 6 hours 10 minutes


1 Tbsp olive oil

2 lbs lean ground beef

1 large yellow onion , finely chopped

3 cloves of garlic , finely minced

2 (14.5) oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies*

3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce

1/2 cup water or beef broth

2 Tbsp chili powder

2 1/2 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp cocoa powder

1 tsp granulated sugar

1/2 tsp ground coriander

Salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste

1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Serve topped with:

Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese , sour cream, chopped red or green onions, cilantro, roasted peppers, or hot sauce

Optionally serve with:

fresh cornbread or biscuits , baked russet potatoes, saltine crackers or tortilla chips


Step 1.

    Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onion and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour onions into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.

Step 2.

    Return skillet to medium-high eat, add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned. Drain most of fat from beef, leaving about 2 Tbsp in with beef (this is optional, I think it ads flavor but you can drain it all if you’d prefer). Pour browned beef into slow cooker.

Step 3.

    Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water or beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Stir mixture, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 – 6 hours.

Step 4.

   Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 10 minutes (if you want the soup to have more liquid you can add in another 1/2 cup water or beef broth). Serve warm with desired toppings (I say the cheese and sour cream is a must, everything else is optional).


    If you don’t like heat then you can use canned tomatoes without green chiles since they are a little spicy.

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