Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Crock Pot Chili Recipe

5 from 32 reviews

This thick beef Crock Pot Chili is prepped and in the pot in less than twenty minutes making it perfect for those busy weeknight schedules.  Enjoy it with cornbread and all the fixings.


  • 1 ½ lbs ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Brown the ground beef over medium heat.  Add the onion halfway through the browning process and cook until soft.  Add the garlic; cooking for 1 minute while stirring constantly. Drain any excess grease and add the ground beef mixture to the crock pot.
  2. Whisk together the beef broth and tomato paste. Pour on top of the beef mixture
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes, kidney beans, pinto beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, brown sugar, red pepper, and cayenne.
  4. Cover with the lid and set to low for 5-6 hours. 
  5. Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste. 


  • I like to use ground chuck in my chili and then drain the fat.  It cooks up juicier and richer although you could just as easy use ground sirloin which is leaner and drier.
  • Mince those onions so there are little bits in every bite as opposed to chunks.
  • Drain and rinse the beans.  You can use any two 15 ounce cans of kidney, pinto, navy, great northern, or black beans.
  • Do you like things with a little heat and a lot of spice?  Increase the amount of crushed red pepper and cayenne pepper to taste.
  • Set up a chili fixings bar with all the goodies (see below for ideas) and let your family and friends customize their bowls to suit their taste.
  • Chili is best cooked low and slow so set that crock pot to low and go take care of your other tasks.

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