The Easiest Slowcooker Chili Recipe You’ll Ever Make

This is a recipe for SUPER easy slow cooker chili. The name says it all, this is the easiest slow cooker chili recipe you’ll ever make. Seriously, it’s a set it and forget it recipe. 

two bowls with chili with beans and ground beef garnished with cheese and green onions.

It’s that time. One magical leaf might be on the ground and we are still in the high 70’s in Philadelphia but YUP. It’s coming…FALL!

Chili is a staple in our house the second even the smallest sign of fall is here. I also love chili because it’s so versatile and you can’t mess it up. Keep what you love and eliminate what you don’t like!

two bowls with chili with beans and ground beef garnished with cheese and green onions.

Chili Ingredients

Here are the main ingredients in this classic chili. 

Ground beef

Canned diced tomatoes


Green Pepper

Chili Seasoning or make your own

Kindney beans

Black beans

two bowls with chili with beans and ground beef garnished with cheese and green onions.

The best Slow Cooker or Crock Pot

There are endless things you can make in a slow cooker. This chili recipe being one! You don’t have to have a fancy slow cooker.

This slowcooker that I have works super awesome. It’s also called a Crock Pot. A slowcooker is a kitchen appliance that cooks things slowly on low heat. It’s great for meats, soups and stews! A slowcooker is a MUST HAVE for any kitchen. This is the one that I use here. 

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What else can I put in chili?

I like to take a use-what-you-have-on-hand approach. If you have chili seasoning, diced tomatoes and a can of beans, you’re in business. You can add in or substitute any of the following

make it meatless!

ground chicken or pork

crispy tofu

cannellini beans

pinto beans

baked beans (yes make it smoky!)

bell peppers


spicy peppers for more heat such as jalapeño 


small pasta

two bowls with chili with beans and ground beef garnished with cheese and green onions.

What can I garnish chili with?



cheddar cheese

sour cream 

tortilla chips or tortilla strips


two bowls of chili heaped hight with cheese and green onions
Yield: 6

The Easiest Slowcooker Chili Recipe You'll Ever Make

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes

There is nothing better than a warm bowl of hearty Chili. This chili is super easy to make by using your slow cooker. Here I use a classic chili with ground beef but you can also make it meatless!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can cannellini beans 
  • 2 14oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese for garnish
  • green onions sliced for garnish
  • sour cream for garnish


  1. Start with a clean slow cooker or crock pot set to low.
  2. The the slow cooker place all of the main ingredients: beef, tomatoes, beans, spices, pepper and onion.
  3. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Check your slow cooker at 4 to ensure nothing is burning, every slow cooker is a little different.
  4. Serve in bowls and top with green onions, cheddar cheese and sour cream!


Ensure you check your slow cooker after 3-4 hours every slow cooker is a bit different. Once your beef is browned the chili should be ready. You can then reduce to warm.

You can also cook on high and have chili ready in about 3 hours.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 303Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 55mgSodium 768mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 7gSugar 5gProtein 24g

Please note nutrition is automatically calculated and may not be accurate.

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What can you substitute in chili instead of beef?

It’s pretty easy to make substitutions in chili. You can use another ground meat such as chicken or pork. You can also make a meatless chili but using an additional variety of beans or adding crispy tofu on top at the end.

How long does chili take in the slow cooker?

3-4 hours on low or 6-8 hours on high.

What is in a chili spice mix?

Chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.


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