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Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

We absolutely love this slow cooker chili recipe! It is a thick and hearty chili that will warm your bones on a cold winter day.

But the best part of all is that it is a true dump and go recipe. Simply dump all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away.

Slow cooker chili recipe
This thick and hearty chili is made in the slow cooker so it is ready to eat when you are!

Once you are ready to eat, open the lid and serve! There are no extra steps required. Well, except maybe topping your chili off with a little cheese!

How To Make Slow Cooker Chili

However, there are a couple of hints to make this slow cooker chili recipe even better!

ground meat
You can use a variety of ground meat for this recipe – the choice is up to you!

First, you must brown your ground meat before adding it to your slow cooker. And we say ground meat because you can use either beef, sausage, turkey or even ground chicken for this recipe. Or a combination of them all!

This is because most of the flavor is going to come from the other ingredients. Therefore, feel free to make this slow cooker chili a little healthier by using turkey or chicken if you wish.

diced peppers
We use sweet peppers in this recipe to help balance out the spicy flavors of the seasonings and jalapenos.

However, I prefer a combination of beef, chicken and spicy sausage in our chili.

And if you do any type of meal prep, you can even throw frozen, cooked, ground meat in the slow cooker as well.

Next, we prefer to use a red bell pepper instead of the standard green variety. The sweeter pepper adds a great balance of flavor to the chili seasoning.

slow cooker chili
Once your meat is browned, add all the ingredients to your slow cooker.

How to Season Your Chili

And speaking of chili seasoning, we use a combination of spices to make this slow cooker chili recipe.

In addition to the standard chili seasoning (or our homemade version), we also add in a little garlic powder, onion powder and cumin. This adds depths of flavor to your slow cooker chili recipe that most recipes don’t include.

cooked slow cooker chili
When you are ready to eat, remove the lid, stir and serve!

And one final difference from this chili recipe is that we use two different types of beans.

First, we use standard, chili kidney beans. You can choose either a mild or spicy variety.

But we also use black beans in this recipe. However, we do drain most of the liquid out of the can before adding the black beans to the slow cooker chili recipe.

On the contrary, we dump the entire can of chili kidney beans in the pot. This is because we want the flavor of the chili bean sauce but not the black bean sauce.

thick and hearty chili
You can choose to top your chili with cheese, green onions, or even sour cream. But the flavors are so good that you don’t need to add a thing!

Then all that is left to do is turn on your slow cooker and wait for the chili to cook!

We love our programmable Crock Pot Slow Cooker that will cook your chili for the time required and then automatically turn to a Keep Warm setting. That way you don’t have to worry about cooking the chili too long if your day gets busy or you get home later than you thought!


Mary and Jim

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Crock Pot Chili Recipe

shredded cheese on chili

Thick and hearty chili that is cooked in your crock pot for an easy to make comfort food meal.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground meat
  • 1 red bell pepper (seeded and diced )
  • 1/2 onion (diced)
  • 1- 14 oz. can kidney chili beans
  • 1- 14 oz. can black beans (mostly drained )
  • 1- 10 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 pint diced tomatoes
  • ½ large jalapeno
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. In a skillet, brown ground meat till no longer pink, drain, and add to the slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. **If you like it spicy add extra jalapeños, pepper flakes or your favorite hot sauce.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.


Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 574mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 9gSugar: 6gProtein: 55g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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