Best Crockpot Chili Recipe (2024)

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This easy crockpot chili recipe is loaded with beans, ground beef, and seasonings. It really is the best slow cooker chili recipe ever!

We like to serve the delicious chili topped with cheddar cheese and with a side of jiffy corn casserole or a basket of 7up biscuits or buttermilkbiscuits for a hearty, filling dinner.

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If you love easy comfort food recipes, have I got a treat for you…

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Easy Crockpot Chili

A big bowl of slow cooker chili is the ultimate comfort food. That is why it is one of our favorite meals. The whole family loves it!

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What makes this the best chili recipe is the perfect blend of seasonings and the fact that it cooks low and slow for several hours, which helps add depth to the flavors. Give the easy chili recipe a try and I am sure that it will become your go-to chili recipe, too!

Plus, you can’t beat how easy this beef chili crock pot recipe is to make. The crockpot does all the work! It is the perfect meal to throw together in the morning ahead of busy days. That way dinner will be ready when you are. Coming home to a pot of chili slow cooking all day is seriously one of my favorite things!

For more crockpot dinner ideas, try our crockpot Frito pie, crockpot brown sugar garlic chicken thighs, and Salisbury steaks in the crockpot.

Ingredients

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

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  • Ground beef
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Beans – I like to use all red kidney beans but you can use a variety of beans if you’d like. Black beans, pinto beans, and chili beans are all good options.
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Distilled white vinegar – this “secret ingredient” adds just a touch of acid to round out the flavor. Don’t worry, you won’t taste the vinegar!
  • Seasonings – Chili powder, ground cumin, crushed red pepper, salt, and black pepper.

CHILI SEASONING MIX: You can also use 4-5 Tablespoons of chili seasoning mix instead of the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Then add a pinch of crushed red pepper if desired.

How to Make Chili in the Slow Cooker

I also love how easy this chili is to make.

Simply brown the raw ground beef, onion, and garlic in a skillet, then add it to your crockpot along with all the remaining ingredients. Set to low heat and cook for 4-6 hours or high heat for 2-4 hours.

Then go about your day and come home to a delicious slow-cooked dinner.

Can dinner be this quick and easy every night, please?

Storage

To store leftover chili, allow it to cool completely and then transfer it to an airtight container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze it for longer-term storage.

We like to enjoy leftover chili on chili dogs with tortilla chips the next day – so flavorful!

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Topping Ideas

For the ultimate bowl of chili try adding some tasty toppings:

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • corn chips
  • avocados
  • jalapenos
  • chopped bell peppers
  • diced tomatoes
  • chopped onion
  • cilantro
  • green onions

My favorite topping? Shredded cheese. It melts right into the steaming hot chili and gives it a bit of added creaminess. So good!

What are your favorite chili toppings?

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FAQ: Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe with Ground Beef

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

Yes, you can substitute ground turkey for ground beef in this chili recipe. Ground turkey is a leaner alternative and will work well in this dish.

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in the chili?

Yes, you can easily adjust the spiciness of the chili to suit your taste. If you prefer a milder chili, reduce the amount of chili powder and crushed red pepper. For those who enjoy a spicier kick, increase the amounts or add a little bit of your favorite hot sauce or some diced jalapeños.

Can I make this chili on the stovetop instead of using a slow cooker?

Yes, you can adapt this slow cooker recipe for stove top cooking. After browning the ground beef, onions, and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven, add the remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for about 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Adjust the cooking time as needed until the flavors meld together.

If you love chili, be sure to give my chili cheese dog casserole, easy 3-ingredient chili (stove top recipe), and slow cooker chili mac a try as well!

Recipe

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Recipe

4.59 from 152 votes

Crockpot Chili

Author: Jaclyn

Prep: 20 minutes mins

Cook: 4 hours hrs

Total: 4 hours hrs 20 minutes mins

This easy crockpot chili recipe is loaded with beans, ground beef, and seasonings. It really is the best slow cooker chili recipe ever!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 15 ounce cans kidney beans drained
  • 2 28 ounce cans crushed tomatoes with juice
  • 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 4 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Add onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent. Drain any excess fat.

  • Add beef mixture and all remaining ingredients to the crockpot and cook on high for 2-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours.

Notes

CHILI SEASONING MIX: You can use 4-5 Tablespoons of chili seasoning mix instead of the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Then add a pinch of crushed red pepper if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 1326mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1294IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 132mg | Iron: 7mg

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FAQs

What is the secret to really good chili? ›

Only Add Flavorful Liquids

Instead of adding water to your chili, add some more flavor with chicken or beef broth, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, or even beet or wine. Each one of these options brings out different notes and levels of sweetness that will enhance your culinary creation.

What secret ingredient will deepen the flavor of your chili? ›

Stir some puréed pumpkin into your chili just after sautéing your aromatics (onions, garlic, etc...) and before adding any liquid. This will deepen and sweeten its flavor, making it a great balance for all the chile peppers and heat.

Does chili taste better in the crockpot? ›

Chili is perhaps the ideal slow-cooker dish because its flavor improves with a long, slow simmer.

How to make homemade chili more flavorful? ›

If you want more of a smoky flavor, add cumin, Spanish paprika, ancho chili powder, or a combination. If you are looking for more heat, add cayenne, crushed red pepper, or Hungarian paprika. If it's too spicy add a little brown sugar and some sweet paprika.

What is the magic ingredient for chili? ›

A cup of strong, brewed coffee will work wonders for your pot of chili, imparting a deep, roasted flavor that will make the chili taste like it simmered away all day long.

What not to put in chili? ›

Beans and non-vegetable fillers such as rice and pasta are not allowed." If that sounds a bit uptight, the ICS's Homestyle Chili competition defines chili as: "any kind of meat, or combination of meats, and/or vegetables cooked with beans, chili peppers, various spices, and other ingredients.

What is the most important spice in chili? ›

Most Common Chili Spices. Cumin, Chile Powders, and Paprika are the most common spices in chili followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. These ingredients can be combined to create a savory and well-balanced pot of top notch comfort food.

Does chili need tomato paste? ›

Tomato paste may come in a small can (or tube), but it packs a powerful punch and is an essential flavor building block for dishes like chili and beef stew.

What is the best liquid for chili? ›

Chili cooks low and slow, so you need enough liquid to tenderize the meat and keep everything from drying out. That liquid should also add flavor to the chili, so use chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or beer.

Why does my crockpot chili taste bland? ›

Insufficient seasoning, such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, and salt, can lead to bland chili. Chili relies on a combination of spices and seasonings for its distinctive flavor. Be sure to taste your chili during the cooking process and adjust the seasonings as needed.

Should chili be thick or soupy? ›

Ideally, chili should simmer low and slow. This allows some of the liquid to evaporate and results in a thicker consistency and deeper, more complex flavor as the aromatics and spices release their superpowers.

How long can you leave chili in a crockpot on low? ›

The tomatoes contain sugar, which caramelizes in the slow cooker, and will eventually burn if it cookes for too long. Anything longer than 10 hours on low is risky.

How do you deepen chili flavor? ›

You can always add additional spices to taste, but this could give you a solid foundation to work from. Try adding spices like paprika, chili powder, cumin, coriander, Mexican oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon, cayenne, or even chipotle.

Why doesn't my chili have enough flavor? ›

Add a hit of soy sauce, Worcestershire, or tamari. These salty, savory powerhouses won't dominate or change the flavor of your chili so much as amplify what's there. Start with one tablespoon, stir, and taste before you add another. Add tomato paste.

Do you cook onions or meat first for chili? ›

In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and add the onions, garlic, and red pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the beef and increase the heat to high.

What brings out the flavor in chili? ›

Cumin, Chile Powders, and Paprika are the most common spices in chili followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. These ingredients can be combined to create a savory and well-balanced pot of top notch comfort food.

What is the secret to competition chili? ›

Additional Depth of Flavor

Ingredients like tomato paste, cinnamon, coffee and liquid smoke can all add flavor hints that will make your chili cook-off entry unique. Roast your vegetables and use broth or beer instead of water for even more flavor in your pot.

What makes the best chili meat? ›

The best chili meat is a combination of meats, often a mix of ground chuck, ground sirloin, brisket, diced tri-tip, and/or some bacon or sausage. Do your best to mix smaller pieces with larger pieces to stack textures and make it your own! Happy cooking!

Why doesn't my chili taste good? ›

Not Cooking It Long Enough

A low and slow cook time—at least an hour total—is key for drawing out the most flavor in a pot of chili.

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