Slow Cooker Chili

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Slow Cooker Chili is quickly going to become a family favorite. It’s simple, comforting, absolutely delicious and will definitely warm you up on any cold night.

This Chili is full of ground beef, chili beans, tomatoes and onion all cooked up in a slow cooker. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comHi there, it’s Jodi from 5 Boys Baker and today I am sharing the perfect Slow Cooker Chili recipe with you. 

The weather has definitely cooled down here in Utah which means I’m already cold and just want soup and chili to warm me up. I’ve decided that the older I get, the more I hate the cold. I swear anything below 50 degrees and I’m wearing sweaters, sweatshirts and wrapped up in a blanket, all while my youngest is still wearing shorts & t-shirts even when it’s 25 degrees outside.

I think the only thing I like about the weather turning colder is all the yummy soups and chilis there are to make. This Slow Cooker Chili has become an instant family favorite. There is nothing fancy about it and the list of ingredients is short and simple. This chili is perfect, uncomplicated and so comforting.

This Chili is full of ground beef, chili beans, tomatoes and onion all cooked up in a slow cooker. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI came across this recipe awhile back on the Betty Crocker website, and after reading the reviews I couldn’t wait to make it. Normally I take a recipe and give it a few tweaks here and there, but so many of the reviews said it was perfect as is, so I mostly left it alone (lol). I love a lot of beans in my chili, so I did add an extra can of beans, used a little less meat and onion.

This chili isn’t super spicy, so if you do want a little more kick, you could add more chili powder, a little cayenne pepper or even some red pepper flakes, it’s totally up to you. You could also add a tablespoon or two of brown sugar if you want a little sweetness, but we loved it exactly how it was.

We love to top our chili off with grated cheese, sour cream and Fritos, but you can use whatever you’d like. I think a big bowl of chili and a piece of warm cornbread is the perfect comfort food meal. I hope you love this as much as we do. 😀

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Slow Cooker Chili

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Holly


  • 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces, each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces, each) chili beans in sauce, undrained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces, each) tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Green onions
  • Fritos


  • In a large skillet cook beef, onion and minced garlic over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown. Drain grease and pour into a greased 4 to 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Add diced tomatoes, chili beans, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 6 hours.


TO FREEZE: Cook chili as directed. Let cool. Place cooled chili in two large ziplock freezer bags. Place in freezer. Stays good frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat place frozen chili bag in fridge to thaw for 24 hours. Then place thawed chili in a large pot on stove top. Cook over medium heat until fully warmed through.

Recipe from: 5 Boys Baker




This Chili is full of ground beef, chili beans, tomatoes and onion all cooked up in a slow cooker.

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23 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Chili

  1. What could I use instead of chill beans? I’m assuming they have some spices added. We don’t have chill beans in Canada that I can find.

  2. For years i have tried to make the perfect chili , but just couldn’t get he spices right. This is the recipe that i have been searching for. Can’t wait to make this.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time tonight, and I just had to let you know how good it was! I’ve been on the search for a “go-to” chili recipe, and I think I finally found it. Even our picky daughter loved it. Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    This is the perfect classic chili. I was starting to not like my chili anymore as there was too much “stuff” in it. This is the perfect combination of ingredients and I won’t be going back to my old recipe.

  5. 5 stars
    Do you know how many calories per serving this is? and how much each serving is? I just made it and its SO GOOD but i need to know when im going over board eating it lol. Thank you!

    1. I can’t calculate the nutrition information on all my recipes, but there are some great online calorie calculators! So glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner! It was so easy and my husband loved it. He was disappointed he was too full after only one bowl because he wanted another one! Thank you for all of your great recipes.

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