Slow Cooker Chili – The BEST chili ever! Made with just 10 simple ingredients, this is going to be your new favorite chili recipe.
Slow Cooker Chili
Slow cooker chili is a staple at my house in the fall and winter. This comforting dish is an easy meal that takes just a few minutes to prep before dumping everything in the crock pot to cook all day. I like to serve it with some sour cream, cheddar cheese, and cilantro to finish off this perfectly cozy meal.
This recipe makes about 8-10 servings and makes great leftovers. Perfect to serve to a large group or bring to parties.
Common Questions About Making Crock Pot Chili
What is slow cooker chili?
Slow cooker chili is a simple meal made by combining beef, tomatoes, and beans with spices and cooking it in a crock pot until it becomes a thick and flavorful soup.
What can I serve with chili?
Some of my favorite things to serve with chili include –
Is chili good for you?
Chili can be pretty good for you if you go with low sodium options for the beans, tomatoes, broth, etc. It also has a good amount of protein from the meat and beans.
Can I freeze chili?
Yes, let the chili fully cool and then transfer it to a freezer safe bag if you would like to freeze some of it.
What kind of beans can I use in chili?
I usually stick to using light and dark red kidney beans but you can also use black beans or pinto beans in chili.
Can I make it on the stove-top?
Sure can! This version (and the Instant Pot version below) are adapted from my popular venison chili recipe.
- In a medium pan, saute ground beef, onion, and garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat until the beef has browned.
- Transfer browned meat, onions, and garlic into a dutch oven. Add in the remaining ingredients and bring the chili to a boil before reducing the heat to a simmer to cook for 20-30 minutes.
Can I make it in an Instant Pot?
- Using the SAUTE function on the Instant Pot, saute the beef, onion, and garlic in olive oil until the beef has browned.
- Add in remaining ingredients and seal the Instant Pot. Cook on HIGH pressure for 14 minutes.
- Once it has finished cooking, follow the instructions for your Instant Pot on how to preform a quick release.
Can I make this recipe vegetarian?
Yes! Just skip the meat and use extra beans or a beefless crumble substitute instead.
What can I top my chili with?
Some of the best toppings for chili are –
- Diced onions
- Cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Green onions
- Pickled jalapenos
- Lime Juice
Looking for more slow cooker recipes? Check these out!
- Slow Cooker Venison Chili
- Slow Cooker Irish Ale Beef Stew
- Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
- Slow Cooker Turkey Orzo Soup
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