Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Chilly weather means it’s the perfect time for chili. I can’t believe in 8 years of blogging I don’t have a recipe for beef chili on my blog. Better late than never.

This one is easy, hearty comfort food that’s packed with flavor that develops beautifully as the chili simmers away in your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili - EASY, hearty, comfort food!! As the chili simmers in your slow cooker it develops so much FLAVOR! A foolproof chili recipe that you'll want to add into your regular rotation!!

After browning ground beef, onions, red peppers, and garlic on the stove, transfer everything to your slow cooker. Make sure it’s lined with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner. I always, always use a Slow Cooker Liner because it helps me say goodbye to soaking, scrubbing, and eliminates the dreaded task of cleaning out the slow cooker after a meal.

Simply place a liner into your slow cooker, add the ingredients, and cook as you normally would. When you’re finished making your meal, remove any leftover food and throw the liner away. I took it one step further and just lifted the liner with extra chili still in it, and then placed all of it inside a Tupperware container and into the fridge for storage. Less messy dishes to do, score.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili - EASY, hearty, comfort food!! As the chili simmers in your slow cooker it develops so much FLAVOR! A foolproof chili recipe that you'll want to add into your regular rotation!!

To help ease weeknight dinner chaos, I cooked everything on the stovetop the night before, transferred it into my lined slow cooker, added the remaining ingredients, refrigerated, and the next night turned on the slow cooker in advance of dinner. So easy.

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The chili is rich in flavor and has a tiny amount of kick but I wouldn’t say it’s spicy. Add the spices to your taste preferences and you can add more chili powder, add cayenne powder, or use hot green chilis if you want to kick it up.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili - EASY, hearty, comfort food!! As the chili simmers in your slow cooker it develops so much FLAVOR! A foolproof chili recipe that you'll want to add into your regular rotation!!

Where ever possible I selected no-salt or low-salt products. If using regular versions, add less salt in the beginning and salt to taste at the end.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili - EASY, hearty, comfort food!! As the chili simmers in your slow cooker it develops so much FLAVOR! A foolproof chili recipe that you'll want to add into your regular rotation!!

Good thing you’ll have leftovers because the chili tastes even better the next day and it freezes well.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili - EASY, hearty, comfort food!! As the chili simmers in your slow cooker it develops so much FLAVOR! A foolproof chili recipe that you'll want to add into your regular rotation!!

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Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Easy, hearty comfort food that's packed with flavor that develops beautifully as the chili simmers away in your slow cooker. After browning ground beef, onions, red peppers, and garlic on the stove, transfer everything to your lined slow cooker, and add the remaining ingredients. Add the spices and you can kick it up if preferred. Where ever possible I selected no-salt or low-salt products. If using regular versions, add less salt in the beginning and salt to taste at the end. The chili tastes even better the next day and freezes well.

Yield: serves 8

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 minutes stovetop, 2-3 hours high or 4-5 hours low in slow cooker

Total Time: about 3 to 5 hours, or as needed

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef (I used 90% lean)
  • 1 medium/large sweet Vidalia onion, diced small
  • 1 medium/large red bell pepper, diced small
  • 3 to 5 garlic cloves, finely pressed or minced
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • one 16-ounce can red kidney beans (I used low-salt), drained and rinsed if desired
  • one 15-ounce can black beans (I used no-salt added), drained and rinsed if desired
  • one 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes (I used no-salt added)
  • one 8-ounce can tomato sauce, plus 8 ounces water used to rinse out can
  • two 4-ounce cans diced green chilis (I used one can mild, one can hot)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)
  • 2 to 4 bay leaves
  • sour cream, green onions, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips or crackers; all optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. To a large Dutch oven, add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat to brown, crumbling it with a spatula as it cooks and tossing it to ensure even cooking. Cook through, about 5 minutes or as necessary. Drain fat if necessary.
  2. Add the onions, red pepper, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables have softened, stir intermittently.
  3. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and cook for about 1 minute, stir intermittently.
  4. Line a 6-quart slow cooker with a Reynolds Slow Cooker Liner and transfer the beef mixture into it.
  5. Add the beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, rinse can out with 8 ounces water and add the water, green chilis, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, bay leaves, cover, and cook on high for about 2 to 3 hours or on low for about 4 to 5 hours. All slow cookers vary in their heat intensity. Cook until chili has thickened some. Stir, taste, and add more salt, pepper, or seasonings to taste. Remove bay leaves.
  6. Ladle into bowls and optionally garnish with sour cream, green onions, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips or crackers. Chili will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months. The flavors meld and marry and I think it tastes even better a day or two later.

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16 comments

  1. Ohhhh that is SO smart! Because I’m the one who usually cooks, the bf is the one who does the dishes – but he’s not really happy when he needs to scrub out the pans… So I have to remember this!
    And now for the recipe, I LOVE beef chilli (it’s one of my fave recipes) Next time I’ll definitely add some cumin, too.

  2. This is hearty looking! Nice chunks of bell pepper, mixed beans and plenty of beef. We had our first snow yesterday so slow cooker-comfort food weather is here. I think I need to get going on my Christmas shopping Friday and come home to this chili!

    • Wow, snow. Stay warm! This would be a perfect post-shopping winter meal :)

    • I got this going late morning and ventured out for the afternoon. The house smelled great and it was soooo nice to have dinner ready when I came home. We love your recipe and I’ll definitely make it again! Its flavorful and easy to control the spice level (I stuck with the mild chili’s this time).

    • So glad you tried it and that it will be made again in the future! Perfect for chilly winter days and nights!

  3. Yay!!!! Freezer friendly! Slow cooker anything is delicous, especially things like this because here in Ohio it’s getting to be like 25 degrees out. So cold.

  4. Yes! Keep the crockpot soup/stew/chili recipes coming! Make my life SO much easier to use a slow cooker.

  5. Slow cooker chili is SO good! And those liners are a MUST for easy clean up!

  6. hey girl this looks so tasty!

  7. How about rinsing the cans out with a little (or lot!) of red wine?

  8. are the can of beans drained and rinsed or just dump the beans in as is??

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