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Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Updated on July 4, 2015

Chili Recipe

Fall and winter is the perfect time of year to pull out or find new chili recipes. Chili recipes have a lot of good things in them - protein and veggies. Chili can be made many different ways - beef, chicken, pork and vegetarian.

My favorite recipe uses ground beef and a slow cooker. I also have listed one of my favorite slow cooker cookbooks.

When Do I Make My First Batch of Chili?

In the Fall at Halloween!

I usually pull out my chili recipe for Halloween. I pull out my slow cooker and put all the ingredients in early in the mornings. While we are out Trick or Treating, the chili is finishing up cooking. It is ready to warm up us after a cold night Trick or Treating. It is so comforting to have this waiting for us when we return.

My Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Good Ol' Chili

This recipe comes from my Current cookbook called Fix and Forget It. It is a well worn page!

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Slow Cooker Cooking Time: 3-1/2 to 4 hrs. on High or 7 - 8 hrs on Low

Last-Minute Cooking Time: none

1-1/2 lbs. extra lean Ground Beef

2 or 3 cans (15 oz. each) Pinto Beans, drained

1 large Onion, chopped (my family does not like onions, so I use Onion powder to give the flavor)

3 large cloves Garlic, minced

1 can (15 oz.) whole Tomatoes, cut up and juice reserved (My family prefers Tomato Sauce - same size can)

1 can (6 oz.) Tomato paste

1/2 cup water

2 to 3 tablespoons Chili Powder

2 teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoon dried Oregano leaves, crushed

1 teaspoon ground Cumin

1/4 teaspoon Pepper

1. Crumble ground beef into a slow cooker. Add beans, onion and garlic.

2. In a medium bowl, stir tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, water, chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin and pepper until blended. Stir into meat mixture. Scrape down sides of slow cooker.

3. Cover and cook on high for 3-1/2 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours until onion is tender.

Serve with shredded Cheddar cheese and saltine crackers or tortilla chips.

This recipe comes from my Current cookbook called Fix and Forget It. It is a well worn page!

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 3-1/2 to 4 hrs. on High or 7 - 8 hrs on Low

Serves: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 -1/2 lbs. extra lean Ground Beef
  • 2 or 3 cans (15 oz. each) Pinto Beans - drained
  • 1 large Onion - chopped (my family does not like onions - so I use Onion powder to give the flavor)
  • 3 large cloves Garlic - minced
  • 1 can (15 oz.) whole Tomatoes - cut up and juice reserved (My family prefers Tomato Sauce - same size can)
  • 1 can (6 oz.) Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried Oregano leaves - crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

  1. 1. Crumble ground beef into a slow cooker. Add beans, onion and garlic.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl, stir tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, water, chili powder, salt, oregano, cumin and pepper until blended. Stir into meat mixture. Scrape down sides of slow cooker.
  3. 3. Cover and cook on high for 3-1/2 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours until onion is tender.
  4. Serve with shredded Cheddar cheese and saltine crackers or tortilla chips.
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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My family loves to eat chili! It's like an appetizer to them. lol! We got excellent result using your tips! I definitely recommends this to everyone :-)

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      espressoman lm 4 years ago

      I love chili and I love these recipes. We also use a slow cooker to make our chili. It is the best way to get all of the flavor.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, I love chilli.. especially with a bit of cheese and sour cream, YUM :)

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      macsquared 5 years ago

      I don't use crackers in my chili, but I do put in lots of cheese.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure want some chili right now and will have to get some going. Oregano in chili is new to me and I can see that it would give a little extra depth and oregano is being credited with being good for us but I can't remember how. Congratulations on front page honors!

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      Loganor 5 years ago

      Oh great, now I'm hungry

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      brando87 5 years ago

      sweet potato instead of beef. It surprisingly good, and a vegetarian option.

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      mommafox 5 years ago

      I love a handful of Fritos or a hot slice of cornbread with my chili.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I like a piece of good, home baked bread with my chili. Great lens! :)

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      niicki 5 years ago

      Someone introduced chili to me garnished with shredded cheese, sour cream, and to be eaten with those large Frito Scoops. YUM!

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      cyberwizzard 5 years ago

      Chili is one of my top picks for cooler weather foods. Thank you for the recipe, I'm going to give it a try.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I LOVE chili! But, it's got to be all meat and not too hot for me! Blessed!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Nothing's better than chili on a cold winter's day.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I like chili as long as it isn't too spicy.

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      MQWilson 5 years ago

      spicy foods are the best =)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I too have a slow cooker chili recipe! I wish you the best of luck in winter when everyone wants to keep warm. God bless.

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      I do! Lovin' your chili recipes here. Can't wait to try them myself! Enjoyed the video, too. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Joycevoice 6 years ago

      I really like that you include lots of beans in your recipe. It looks great and I can't wait to try it.

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      Frischy 6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This looks great! I am adding this lens to my lens of simple chili recipes. I love your suggestion ot making chili to warm up the trick or treaters after they get home!

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      Mmmmm yum....you had me at "chili"...thanks for sharing...and thanks for visiting my wine charms lens...I appreciate your comments

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      I don't think I've ever put chili in a crock pot. It's definitely a good excuse to take it out and try. LOL

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      Your recipe is very similar to mine...I add a spoonful of sour cream on top with a little shredded cheese. The sour cream makes it easier to digest.

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      carlajo73 6 years ago

      Looks good! Lensrolling to mine: https://hubpages.com/food/easy-slow-cooker-recipes Great job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      chilli is the best recipe for the South Indians great lens

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      Gail47 7 years ago

      Looks like a great recipe. Chili is always welcome in our house the all year, but especially during the fall and winter seasons. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Funny I should see this lens again today. I made my first batch of chili yesterday. We had it again today. It's just right for a windy, rainy day -- our first rain in way too long.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was just thinking about making some chili the other day :)

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I will be making my sausage chili soon! We like shredded Cheddar Cheese and chopped raw onions on top. Yum!

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Hi! Looks great, I'll try it. I am using slow cooking devices as my Mom at 95 cannot eat stakes, and to be sure that she has meat, I use slow cooking method, it is working.

      How you make it? very, very spicy or just medium spicy!

      Love it!

      Thanks

      Michey

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Looks delicious!

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      I love my Fix-it and Forget-it cookbook. I haven't tried this recipe. It sounds like it would be very good! Great lens!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I like to eat my chili with cheese on top and either cornbread or corn chips on the side. My husband would add raw onions to his chili as well, but I don't eat raw onions. you should have more options for voting on when one likes to eat chili. I like it in fall and winter all right, but if I had to wait until it was 30 degrees here in central California, I'd hardly ever get to eat it.

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      Oh, you've got me wanting chili now! I think my mom has that cookbook Fix it and Forget it. There's nothing better than throwing a meal into a crock pot or slow cooker in the AM, then forgetting you did it only to come home and smell the complete finished meal as you walk in the door. Oh yes, I love this lens!!!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I love chili! Nice work!