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Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Easy Slow Cooker Chili - Come home to the best homemade chili! It's an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot!

Come home to the best homemade chili! It’s an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot!

Easy Slow Cooker Chili - Come home to the best homemade chili! It's an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot!

Is it too late in the year to still be whipping up crockpot recipes?

I mean, I did just mention it was going to be 63 degrees F this weekend, but it’s also raining today. Oh and I think I see a forecast of snow sometime next week…

But that’s another story.

Anyway, Butters is currently in his adorable ruffled yellow rain coat while I’m letting this chili cook low and slow, filling up the house with the best kind of aroma: beef chili.

Easy Slow Cooker Chili - Come home to the best homemade chili! It's an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot!

All you need to do is crumble up your ground beef and then dump the rest of your ingredients in your slow cooker.

And if you have a saute function in your crockpot, you have yourself a true one pot wonder.

But as I’m waiting for this to finish cooking through, I’ve also gone through an entire bag of corn chips. You know, the corn chips that were meant to be used for a garnish here.

My bad.

Easy Slow Cooker Chili - Come home to the best homemade chili! It's an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot!

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Come home to the best homemade chili! It’s an amazingly hearty, cozy beef chili that cooks low and slow for 8 hrs in the crockpot!

20 minutes8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 poblano chili, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, optional
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn chips


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Add garlic, onion and chili. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-6 minutes.
  2. Place ground beef mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Stir in beef stock, kidney beans, black beans, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin and hot sauce; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 5-6 hours.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with sour cream, green onions and corn chips, if desired.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely adore this, my partner as well! I have made several chili recipes (living in the cold and rainy Iceland) and this is the one! Today is my 4th time making this chili and I cannot wait for dinner!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been on a batch cooking bonanza today and this chilli recipe has been bubbling away since this morning. I’ve just portioned it out ready for the freezer and I couldn’t help but put some aside to eat now! I’ve made a lot of slow cooker chilli recipes over the week and this one is by far the best! I’ve been trying to work out why it tastes so good and I have a feeling it may be the oregano. I’m sure I’ll be making this time and time again 🙂

  3. I am currently making as I write this. Its been on high for about an hour and my apt is smelling Yummy! I added 4 fresh Jalapeno seeds and all and diced some celery along with all the other ingridients. Oh I also added a jar of chili sauce. I think homemade fresh cut french fries and a little cheese on top sounds like a good start! Followed by a Chili dog! Um Um!!!!! I can not wait!!!!!!

  4. Making it as we speak! Hope it turns out ok

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    First of all – thank you so much for your recipes! I love this blog and have been using your recipes as I learn to cook 🙂 I loved this chili so much – and I appreciate you putting “to taste” in spices because, I use a lot! haha I had a budweiser in the fridge that i used (half bud, half beef stock) and this came out sooo good. What kind of hot sauce does everyone use? I had a tamarind ghost pepper sauce

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made this today, saved this recipe for a cold snowy Sunday. Also happens to be the Super Bowl. TIMING!!?? This chili is thick and robust with some heat. I did add a jalapeño for that zesty kick and I’m glad I did. I also added some tomato sauce for some extra depth. I was not disappointed. Cooked low and slow and filled my apartment with the most amazing smell. Garnished with some green onion, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Bowl of corn chips on the side for some crunch. This recipe did not disappoint, will be my go to chili recipe now. This recipe did make alot so I put the rest in some Tupperware and popped them into the freezer!! 

  7. I love this recipe a lot and make it quite often. I like the selection of spices which are just the right amount. I like to season my ground beef while browning for a better flavor.  While I do not add any beans, I do add a can of Rotel and 3 Tablespoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce.  What I really like is I always have all of these ingredients on hand.  Great recipe, thank you! 

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent chili! It took me a little more time to make than 20 minutes but it was really good! The combination of spices is excellent. I used the green tabasco for hot sauce; probably should have used the red for a little more heat. This is my go to recipe for chili.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This crockpot chili recipe is the bomb. I cook it the same way everytime . Always in a rush so I do 5 hours on max temperature.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    So listen! I have made this my go to chili recipe! I made it for the first time when I was in Texas and have made it twice since I’ve been in Washington and actually am making it again today as I type. It’s so freaking delicious!!!! I use more seasoning because I like my food flavorful but it still comes out bomb as ever! Thank you to OP for sharing this gem with the world!!!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this chili and I can’t tell you how pleased I am with it. About a month ago I made crock pot chili from another online recipe and it contained tomato sauce and a little sugar. This recipe was by far more authentic w/o these two ingredients and I love the smoky flavor. The only thing I changed was that I used fresh tomatoes because I can taste the can tomatoes if I use them. I know, call me extra picky, lol. I blanched the tomatoes, then diced them. It came out amazing and I love the addition of the Frito chips! Thank you so much!! This was perfect for a cold South Florida day (in the 50’s lol).

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tasted really good! Made some slight changes from the original recipe. I used ground turkey instead of beef, and since I didn’t have beef stock I ended up just using a larger can of crushed tomatoes. To prevent it from being too spicy, I also didn’t add the poblano chili and just used about 1 tablespoon instead of 3 of the chili powder. I was short on time so put the slow cooker on high heat for 3 hours instead of 5-6. Overall, still turned out great!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I trying this recipe today.. I wanted to try a new recipe, I’ve made the same chile for years.. I’ll let you know how it turns out..

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have always made chili in the crockpot with my original family recipe and was complacent. Then I tried this recipe, followed it exactly and BOOM! This recipe is awesome!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    What are the nutrition facts for this recipe? 

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow. All kinds of wow factor here! This is truly a great chili recipe! It is simple, easy to prepare and tastes excellent! This is one of the few that I followed from start to finish, without adding or omitting any of the posted ingredients/steps. FANTASTIC! Very highly recommended, with room to add heat too as it is a moderate level of hot, but very, very tasty. Will do this one again!

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    excellent!! best ever chili.

  18. The recipe says it comes out to 2 1/2 quarts. If I double it will it fit in a 5 quart slow cooker? (I am asking because your directions say to put in a 6 quart slow cooker, but the recipe says it only makes 2 1/12 quarts of chili). I need to make this for a large group so definitely need to double, just want to make sure it will fit in my slow cooker if I do.

    Thanks for what looks like a great recipe!! Can’t wait to try it!!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can I make this in a pot if I don’t have a slow cooker/ crockpot?

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Can this be over cooked? I’m going to be gone for 81/2 to 9 hours. If I keep it on low will it be okay?

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy and it taste amazing  

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    perfect recipe. I make this a couple times a year!

  23. Is there any alternative I can use for the poblano chili, I can’t find it anywhere in my Canadian city 

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this exactly as written and it came out perfectly! My family has requested this chili be made a few times a week! Aside from my rice cooker I’ve also made this in the instant pot under pressure cooker and it comes out perfect.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing chili & so easy. I make this at least once a month for my family, because they love it so much. Absolutely delicious  

  26. This was very tasty. I like a bit of water with my chili and I used oyster crackers instead of corn chips. Other than that it was spot on for me. I do not sauteed the onions either. I just brown the meat, my crock 4 hours on high 2 hours on low and it’s done. You can smell the spices and everything coming through. Great job on this one. I don’t know if I’d do it stove top. The slow cooker always works for me.

  27. Any way to make it thicker?

  28. Can you adapt this to make on the stove top??

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    I would like to start off by saying i have never been good at making homemade chili, although it seems pretty easy to make there is a difference between easy and tasting good. Not only was it simple to make it was awesome tasting as well. This is the first time i ever wrote a review on a recipe Ive tried off the net, that should say something. I have tried several different recipes from different chefs and a simple yet delicious chili recipe WON me over. I am excited to try the others recipes that Chef Chungah provides.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Really easy and tasty. Will make chili enchiladas with leftovers.

  31. Rated 4 out of 5

    I’ll admit I wasn’t 100% convinced when I put it all together as it seemed very watery but oh my, what a tasty surprise. I kept it on warm in the crockpot for about 15 minutes and it was perfect. Not too watery and so tasty. Thanks!

  32. my go to chili! I substitute brisket cubes for the ground beef, and modified for the instant pot…..so good!!!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    thanks big chungah

  34. Made this today and we loved it. I didn’t use the pepper or hot sauce, as we don’t like super spicey, but it had plenty of flavor. I made cheesy garlic cornbread to go with it and it was a hit.

  35. Rated 3 out of 5

    I did not have pablano chili or the paprika so maybe that’s why iT tasted bland, was watery which was disappointing.  Not sure if I would try this again.  I’m going to look for another crock pot chili recipe and see.  

    • You can add a slurry of corn starch to make it thicker, or even a little flour.

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      “I didn’t add any of the flavouring stuff, why was my chili bland?”

      C’mon man… Don’t leave a review if you didn’t actually make the recipe properly.

      I enjoyed this I just cooked it down a bit longer as I enjoy mine a bit thicker. Flavour was good as is but the second time I made it I added chipotle in adobo as well for personal tastes.

  36. can this be made with dried beans instead of canned ones? for example, after adding in the meat, could I add dried beans with a sufficient amount of stock and all the other ingreidents? Usually I cook dried beans in the slow cooker anyway, but it would be nice if I could cook the meat at the same time.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    First time making without tomato juice your DAM GOOD definitely make again 

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    First time love it your right dam GOOD 

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    It was excellent chili. I showed my sample to family members and they love it better than their own. I’m curious can I use this same recipe with turkey chili instead of beef chili and come out the same way? Just curious!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    Good. Can I skip the sautéing step?

  41. I take back what I said earlier I made a few adjustments and it nearly turned out perfect. I replaced the chili pepper with a sweet green pepper and added in less Chili powder and it turned out almost amazingly delicious 🙂 Will be definitely be adding this recipe into my collection.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this chili twice and was delicious both times! The 2nd time I had no poblano, but instead threw in a jalapeno and a green pepper. Both times I added frozen corn and a bit of cinnamon. Perfection! I’m happy I finally have a go-to chili recipe… I think I’ll actually make this again tonight!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the absolute best chili recipe I’ve found. It’s a perfect blend of spices, not to hot but just right.  I add a little more crushed tomatoes so it’s more like a soupy chili.  It tastes and looks just like  Wendy’s chili. 

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    This turned out so delicious! Probably the best I’ve ever made. Would you have the nutrition information on it? I’d like to add it to my Noon app.

    • Hi Marie! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!

  45. Can I substitute a can of diced green chilies instead of thenpoblano pepper??

  46. Do the tomatoes need to be drained?

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this on Halloween for a party of parents of trick or treaters…. complete hit. Everyone raved about it. Best chili I’ve ever made- gonna be my new go-to. Damn Delicious does it again, my favorite food site, because it can always be counted on. Thank you!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good result. I tend towards the even easier side of using slow cookers (dump everything in and forget about it), but if the finished product is this good I’m willing to put in the effort every few weeks. For anyone else who is looking to ditch the ground beef, know that you can literally replace it with turkey without changing anything else. It tastes great with the beef broth and everything else exactly as the recipe specifies.

  49. This recipe is very easy and delicious…one little secret is instead of black beans, i use a can of bourbon and brown sugar baked beans…gives it a nice sweet and spicey taste

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    I make a lot of chili, plus I was an executive Chef by trade. This is the best chili I have ever made. Good blend of flavors and spices, not overpowering in any one category.

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this last night with my boyfriend, all we did differently was add a packet of chili seasoning. For our first time making chili we think its pretty damn good !!

  52. Very good, the only change I made was 2 teaspoons of Cumin instead of 1-1/2 tsp

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was AMAZING, my son LOVED IT my coworkers LOVED IT and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!!! 

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so easy to make and very delicious, thanks!

    • You are so welcome, Jill! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      How much salt/pepper do you recommend for this recipe? I know the recipe and many others say to use salt and pepper to taste, but being an inexperienced cook, I am looking for some kind of baseline and then I know I can add more.

      Love every recipe I’ve tried so far!


  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    You have my 5 stars….This dish is looking to good to be true…yamy yamy

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    “DAMNED DELICIOUS” MY MOUTH IS WATERING. You have such great recipes, and I love them, and again you are a cutie..

  57. Dang I would love to come home to this!! Big fan of slow cooker recipes! (:

  58. I have made this recipe on many occasions but would suggest that you use diced beef instead of minced beef – delicious!

    • Why be so negative, this lady is a good cook, but good for your input. I buy my 90% beef (ground) and I make ii to my way of cooking!!!!!!

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      Great easy, simple recipe. A few things I changed, I used 90% lean ground beef and didn’t drain the juices before adding onion and garlic, instead of black beans I used pinto, and towards the last hour of cooking I added half a can of sweet corn.