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Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Lil' Luna
Slow Cooker Chili is packed with meat, beans, and flavor! It comes together in minutes then the crockpot does the rest.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 224 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth, full sodium
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can Red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce

Optional Toppings

  • sour cream
  • cheese
  • green onions


  • In a skillet, cook ground beef until browned and cooked through. Drain fat.
  • Add sugar, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic salt, paprika, and pepper. Stir and cook for an additional minute.
  • Transfer to a large slow cooker. Add beef broth, diced tomatoes, drained kidney beans, and tomato sauce to the slow cooker.
  • Stir and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  • Season with more garlic salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Add any toppings (sour cream, cheese, green onions, etc.) before serving.


Extra flavors. Here are a few extras to make this dish your own: 
  • Add a polenta flavor by using cornmeal. Just a few tablespoons will do. Note that it will also thicken the chili, which can be balanced with a little extra broth. 
  • Citrus: lemon or lime juice can add a clean, fresh tang.
  • Brown sugar helps balance flavors.
STORE in an airtight container(s) in the fridge for 3-4 days. Leftovers can be used to make other delicious meals: chili Baked Potato, chili Hot Dogs, chili Nachos, or chili mac.
FREEZE. Let the Crockpot Chili cool and add it to the desired size of freezer-safe containers. Freeze it for 4-6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator, allowing 24 hours for every 5 lbs. 


Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 14gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 689mgPotassium: 320mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 504IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Crockpot Chili, Crockpot Chili Recipe, Slow Cooker Chili, Slow Cooker Chili Recipe
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