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Hearty Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

You can't go wrong with chili. Since the chili simmers in the slow cooker all day, it is perfect for a weeknight meal. It is also ideal for bringing to pot-luck meals, office parties, game day, and neighborhood barbecues.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker chili
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 241kcal
Author: Grow a Good Life


Ingredients for the chili seasoning

Ingredients for the chili

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 pounds ground sirloin or ground round
  • 32 ounces tomato sauce (1 quart or 2 pints)
  • 8 ounces diced tomatoes (1 half pint)
  • 8 ounces diced green chiles (1 half pint)
  • 16 ounces red kidney beans drained and rinsed (1 pint)
  • 16 ounces black beans drained and rinsed (1 pint)
  • Toppings of choice: Shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, tortilla chips, cilantro, green onion, jalapeno slices, salsa, and extra hot sauce for those who want more heat.


  • In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, paprika, cocoa powder, cane sugar, ground Mexican oregano, ground cumin, ground coriander, red pepper flakes, ground black pepper, and kosher salt. Stir until combined and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook briefly, about 1 minute longer. Pour the onions and garlic into the slow cooker crock.
  • Return the skillet to the stove and add the ground beef. Cook until the beef is brown. Turn off the heat, drain the fat, and add the cooked beef to the slow cooker crock.
  • Add the seasoning mix, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and diced green chiles to the slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  • Place the cover on the slow cooker and cook the chili on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours.
  • Add the beans, stir to combine, and cook until heated through, about 15 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Serve warm with toppings of choice. Serves 8.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 28.3g | Protein: 14.1g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 854mg | Fiber: 9.7g | Sugar: 8.3g | Calcium: 600mg | Iron: 0.7mg