How To Made Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Best Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili Recipe

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When I think of a perfect comfort food on a cold winter day, beef chili immediately comes to mind.  A bowl of warm and hearty beef chili deeply seasoned with spices always makes me feel cozy and content.  This easy recipe makes the best classic thick chili made with beef, beans, onions, tomatoes, garlic and spices, simmered for hours in a slow cooker – so delicious!

Best Beef Chili Recipe For Slow Cooker

This beef chili recipe is as easy as the slow cooker recipe can get – just dump the ingredients in a slow cooker, turn it on and walk away.  The best part – no meat browning required!  If you search the Internet for other crockpot beef chili recipes, you will find that they all require browning the meat (and sometimes onions too) before putting it into the slow cooker.  That’s the whole extra step that requires you to stand at the stove cooking the beef, plus it creates another dirty frying pan that you’ll have to wash!

Easy Beef Chili Recipe For Crockpot

How can I get away without browning the meat?  Simple!  The reason why other recipes require browning the beef is so you can drain and discard the fat after it’s cooked.  So why not just buy an extra-lean ground beef?  This way there is no fat to drain and no need to pre-cook the beef before putting it in a slow cooker :)  Yes, I’m like that – always seeking shortcuts!  And I’m pleased to say that this shortcut really worked – this slow cooker beef chili tastes identical to the one with pre-browned beef.

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili Recipe

The whole point of the slow cooker is to make your life easy.  If you have to separately pre-cook ingredients before putting them in a slow cooker, it defeats the purpose of the crockpot.  This recipe is a true slow cooker recipe – simply put in the ingredients and come back to a yummy chili.  Just 5 minutes prep – open the cans, chop the onion and mince the garlic.  That’s all there is to it :)

Here’s the ingredients going into the slow cooker – beef, beans, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin and Worcestershire sauce:

Ingredients For Slow Cooker Beef Chili Recipe

There are so many ways to enjoy your chili – plain in a bowl, over rice, over baked potatoes, with chips, on hotdogs or hamburger buns.   Feel free to double the recipe portion as you can transform the leftovers of this chili into different meals!   Cooked chili also freezes very well, so you can freeze extras to eat later when you don’t have time to cook.

Best Beef Chili Recipe For Slow Cooker

You can also spruce up your chili with toppings!  Popular toppings include sour cream, diced green onions and shredded cheddar cheese.  Yum!

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Best Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili Recipe

The easy slow cooker recipe makes the best chili ever! Beef is simmered with beans, onions, garlic, tomatoes and spices. Delicious!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Beef
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 cans 15 oz each black or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Optional toppings

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped green onions


  • Put all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir with a spoon to break apart the meat.
  • Cook for 3 hours on High or 6 hours on Low.
  • Stir well before serving to break apart the chunks of ground beef.
  • Laddle into bowls to serve and top with optional toppings.
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If you liked this slow cooker beef chili recipe, also check out my slow cooker chicken tortilla soup recipe below – you are going to love it!  And the best thing to go with this chili is my easy golden cornbread – it’s so fluffy and so delicious!


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42 replies
    • Melanie Mendelson
      Melanie Mendelson says:

      The classic chili is usually made with red pinto beans, but I just happened to have the black ones on hand ? They taste about the same for me after they’ve been cooking with the meat for hours!

  1. Cyn
    Cyn says:

    5 stars
    Dearest Melanie you always have the greatest meals and goodies to share…. I made this chile tonight and thought” where have you been all my life!!!!” Another Ultimate creation…. Thank You….SO GOOD!

  2. David @ Spiced
    David @ Spiced says:

    Oh this is my very idea of comfort food! We just recently became reunited with a slow cooker (as in, I destroyed the last one a couple of years ago and didn’t replace it until this year…), and I’m thinking this needs to show up on our menu soon. It looks like the ultimate food for a cold winter day…or for a house full of people watching the Super Bowl next week!

  3. Monica
    Monica says:

    I’m all for a good shortcut or two! And I’m happy to use lean ground sirloin often and it usually tastes amazing. This chili is perfect for these dark, long winter nights and for a crowd.

  4. Hotly Spiced
    Hotly Spiced says:

    This is very timely as this week I’m going out to buy a slow cooker. I’ve never had one before but have decided they’re a real ‘must-have’. I do love chilli beef and this looks warming and comforting xx

  5. Christina Dolley
    Christina Dolley says:

    5 stars
    I’m actually making this tomorrow for dinner. I was looking for a super simple chili and came across this. Not only is it simple but it’s super healthy with the lean ground beef, beans and tomatoes. Anything that’s simple and healthy is a winner in my book :)

  6. Megan
    Megan says:

    If I’m going to double this recipe, do I need to cook it in the crockpot longer? And if I added green/red peppers, any adjustments?


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