Classic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe.

Classic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Classic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe.

Classic Slow Cooker Chili

Classic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Laura MarianoLaura Mariano
An easy slow cooker chili recipe with ground beef, beans, tomato sauce and the best homemade chili seasoning. Scramble it in the slow cooker for juicy beef and rich flavor.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Tex Mex
Servings 10 people
Calories 340 kcal


  • 30 onces tomato sauce
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes and green peppers, with their juice
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
  • 30 ounces kidney beans, 2 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large onion cut into cubes
  • 2 pounds lean beef, (90/10 or 93/7)


  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the beef until the fat has run out (4-5 minutes), breaking up with a spoon.
  • Add onions to the pan and saute until softened (4-5 minutes). Add the minced garlic and spices: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Cook another 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Transfer to a 6 qt slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker: washed and drained beans, diced tomatoes with their juice, diced tomatoes and green peppers with juice and tomato sauce. Stir and cook over high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-8 hours. Season as desired and serve warm.
Keyword slow cooker chili
Laura Mariano

Written by Laura Mariano

Laura Mariano is a food blogger who founded Recipes By to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Spain, Laura was inspired by exquisite dishes prepared using simple ingredients. Laura Mariano is particularly known for making anyone can cook.


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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you for this Slow Cooker chili recipe it’s excellent I did drain most of the liquid from the tomatoes because I like my chili more thick than saucy but that’s the only tweak its delicious and will be my go to recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    This is not just the best chili I’ve made it is the best chili I’ve ever had! On my first try making chili! I’m going to make it today again. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    The consistency of the chili was perfect for eating from a bowl and mopping up juices with your crusty bread. I will definitely make this again. Since I didn’t have tomatoes with green chilies I added a can of pork and beans with a dash of red pepper flakes but it is your recipe that makes this the best chili recipe for family and friends.

  4. 5 stars
    This was the best chili I ever had and so easy! My family loved it!! The only thing I did differently was use two packets of chili mix from Publix instead of putting in the seasonings!

  5. 5 stars
    This is my absolute favorite chili. I’ve made it multiple times and every time it comes out better and better. I do I have one question, each serving size is 340 calories, what is the measurement of one serving size?

  6. 5 stars
    made the slow cooker chili recipe and as usual, it was fantastic. Halved the recipe, seeing it’s only me and my husband, and there was still plenty

  7. 5 stars
    This has now become my go to chili recipe! Every recipe of yours that I’ve made has been absolutely delicious…
    Thank you,

  8. 5 stars
    Hello! I want to try this recipe and I am a new owner of a 5Qt crockpot. Do you know how much I should cut back to make it fit?

    I don’t have experience using a crockpot but I can’t wait to get started. Thanks!

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