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Crockpot chili is the ultimate comfort food! This chili is SO easy and insanely good that everyone will come back for seconds!

I love a good chili and all of the sides that I can put with it! Try out this Cornbread, these Breadsticks, or this amazing Grilled Cheese. They are so good and will complement this chili so well!

Chili in a crock pot.

Homemade Crockpot Chili

Chili is such a classic meal during the cold, winter months. It’s the ultimate comfort food that is a go-to recipe ALL the time in my family! Plus, when you make it in a slow cooker it makes it so easy! Not only does this recipe have classic ingredients like meat and beans but it really goes to the next level of flavor with veggies and spices! It is making my mouth water just thinking about it!

I love chili for dinner because it’s so hearty and filling. In fact, on the days when I am on the go, I don’t even make and sides with this! It has everything that I need in the recipe including meat and vegetables. This is also a go-to recipe for me for a party! Because it’s in a slow cooker, it makes it easy to transport and serve anywhere else. Plus, it’s perfect for a chili cook-off! It will win every time. Try it with these Nachos or put it on top of this Rice for a little added extra flavor and texture!

Ingredients You Need for Crockpot Chili

You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand! Which makes it super easy to whip this up for dinner anytime. See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements.

  • Ground beef: I like to use lean ground beef or even ground turkey for this recipe.
  • Olive oil: Just a little bit is fine to cook up the vegetables in.
  • Onion: An onion that is small and diced will work great for this.
  • Green bell pepper: Dice this up to all of the same size so that the pieces cook evenly.
  • Garlic cloves: If you dont have fresh cloves then you can use minced garlic. 1/2 tsp equals about one clove of garlic!
  • Beef broth: This is the base of the chili and is better than water because it adds a lot of flavor to the chili.
  • Tomato sauce: Make sure that you are getting tomato sauce and not tomato paste.
  • Diced tomatoes: These can come in flavored juices so make sure that you get the ones that are just in plain tomatoes sauce.
  • Pinto beans: I love the flavor of pinto beans!
  • Kidney beans: Dark or light kidney beans will work. Just use whatever you have on hand.
  • Chili powder, Oregano, Cumin, Coriander and Cayenne: These spices mixed together make such a delicious blend! Not too much heat but a lot of flavor!

Let’s Make Some Chili!

This slow cooker chili recipe only takes about 5 minutes to put together! Then you let the slow cooker do all of the work. It’s so easy and delicious, there should be no question about it you try it or not!

  1. Add ingredients to slow cooker: In a medium sized skillet over medium high heat cook and crumble the beef for about 7 minutes or until brown. Add the beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic, beef broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, kidney beans, chili powder, oregano, cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne to the slow cooker. Stir everything until combined. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve warm with desired toppings.
3 pictures showing ingredients being added to a slow cooker.

Toppings You Can Use

I’ve come up with a list of a bunch of delicious things that you can add to your crockpot chili! Try a couple or try them all. You really can’t go wrong with too many toppings!

  • Fresh lime juice
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Green onions
  • Frito chips
  • Tortilla strips
  • Cilantro
A bowl of chili with toppings.

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftovers of this crockpot chili then you are in luck! This tastes just as good, if not better, the next day. Once it has cooled, place it in an airtight container and put it in your fridge. It can last 3-4 days. Just reheat it in the microwave when you are ready to eat it again!

A close up of chili with a spoon scooping some out of a bowl.

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Insanely Good Crockpot Chili

4.12 from 9 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Crockpot chili is the ultimate comfort food! This chili is SO easy and insanely good that everyone will come back for seconds!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat cook and crumble the beef for about 7 minutes or until brown.
  • Add the beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic, beef broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, kidney beans, chili powder, oregano, cumin, coriander, salt, and cayenne to the crockpot.
  • Stir everything until combined. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve warm with desired toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 6peopleCalories: 259kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 34gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 854mgPotassium: 721mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1315IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, main dish
Cuisine: American
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Welcome to my kitchen! I am Alyssa Rivers and the food blogger behind The Recipe Critic. The blog launched in 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family. Each recipe is tried and true, family-tested and approved.

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22 Comments

  1. 2 stars
    It turned out very watery despite following the instructions exactly. I was really looking forward to eating chili.

  2. 4 stars
    This was easy and fine. Not exceptional but solid. I made it as written except for adding one small jalapeño and using medium hot chili powder. Not quite thick as I would like but acceptable.

  3. 5 stars
    The most delicious chili recipe! I am very generous with the seasonings and add extra tablespoon of chili powder and use 1 tablespoon of cumin. I love kidney beans, so I omit the pinto beans altogether and add another can of kidney beans. So savory and perfect for fall.

  4. 1 star
    Very bland. Searched for a lot of different ways to add flavor after the fact and not wasting so much food but wound up throwing it all down the garbage disposal.

  5. I made two versions of this, the one listedand beings my wife is a vegetarian so I used vegetable broth and plant based ( fake beef) crumbles. It wasn’t as chunky but she loved it ( she doesn’t like a lot of what I try to make her )
    And I added jalapeños to both pots.

  6. 5 stars
    This chili sounds delicious! I usually make mine with ground beef and ground Italian sausage. I also use Rotella tomatoes to give it a little kick. I add baby frozen corn in mine. My mom always did it as hike abd have continued the tradition Thank you for a good base for a great chili!!!!