Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe

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Easy Crockpot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor. It simmers all day in the slow cooker creating a great meal that everyone loves!

We serve it with crusty bread and Homemade Garlic Butter for dipping and scooping.  Add in a side salad and you’ve got a complete meal that everyone will be raving about!

This is a great dish to make ahead and much like a hearty Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Casserole, it always seems to taste even better the next day (and freezes beautifully).

Crockpot with cooked chili and green onions on top

How to Make Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe

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Slow cooker meals are my favorite any time of year, coming home to a ready meal on a cold evening but they’re even great in the warmer months with no need to turn on the oven or stove and heat up the house!

I love any kind of chili whether it’s a Slow Cooker Chicken Chili, a Chili Mac Skillet or a classic Chili like this one! It seems chili is always great the day you make it and delicious for days after.  In fact is seems as though it’s even better with time and is relatively easy to make!

Aside from dinnertime, Crockpot Chili is of course the perfect game-day food! Set out bowls and all sorts of toppings or even hot dogs and let everyone create their own snacks and meals!

Servings of crock pot chili in a white bowl. This makes the perfect game day snack.

How to Make Crockpot Chili

This is a very simple beef chili recipe made in the Crockpot without a lot of extras; just loads of beef, onions, seasoning and flavor. Adding the seasoning into the beef before browning it really enhances the flavors (and I do the same with my favorite homemade pasta sauce recipe).

  1. Create seasoning mix as directed. Add seasonings to uncooked ground beef and mix well.
  2. Brown beef, onions & garlic.
  3. Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.

I do add vegetables to this recipe from time to time depending on what I have in the fridge.  Diced bell peppers, zucchini and halved mushrooms are all great added to crockpot chili.  If you do add veggies that have a higher water content your chili will naturally have a little bit more liquid so you might like to precook them or leave the lid off the slow cooker for the last while of cooking.

A scoop of hearty crockpot chili with beef and beans.

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If you don’t cook with alcohol or beer you can certainly skip that step however it does add a great layer of flavor to this recipe. If you’d like to kick it up a notch and add some heat, add a seeded diced jalapeno pepper to the slow cooker as it begins cooking.

When serving this chili to a crowd we put out a big side of Chile Cheddar Cornbread and a table of toppings for everyone to enjoy!

Our Favorite Toppings are:

  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese
  • green onions
  • jalapenos
  • hot sauce
  • crushed corn chips
  • diced tomatoes
  • hot sauce
This Easy Crock Pot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor. It simmers all day in the slow cooker creating a great meal that is just as delicious leftover!
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5 from 2 votes
Servings: 10 servings
Easy Crockpot Chili
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
 
Author: Holly
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Keyword: crockpot chili

This Easy Crock Pot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor.

Ingredients
  • 3 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bottle light beer
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes with juice
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz kidney beans
Seasoning Mixture
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
Instructions
  1. Combine seasoning mixture with ground beef and mix until well combined.
  2. Brown ground beef, onions and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add beer and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Combine beef mixture and all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker. If desired slightly mash the whole tomatoes. Cook on high for 4 hours or low 7-8 hours.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 293, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 84mg, Sodium: 470mg, Potassium: 1112mg, Carbohydrates: 21g, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 35g, Vitamin A: 27.3%, Vitamin C: 19.8%, Calcium: 9.3%, Iron: 39.9%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This Easy Crock Pot Chili recipe is loaded with ground beef, seasonings & tons of flavor. It simmers all day in the slow cooker creating a great meal that is just as delicious leftover!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

22 comments on “Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe”

  1. I can’t seem to find where you explain how to make the seasoning mixture that goes into the beef…???

    • I’ve updated the format in the recipe so it’s more clear. The Seasoning Mix includes the chili powder, cumin, paprika, parsley, salt, pepper and oregano. Hope that helps Amanda! Enjoy.

  2. What if you can’t use beer, what would you replace it with?

  3. I’m gonna add crumbled bacon , can’t wait to make this in my crockpot!

  4. This is officially my, go-too chili. It is very delicious, easy and budget friendly. It freezes well too. I highly recommend this recipe. I give it 5 stars.

  5. A Super Bowl hit – made as directed but added second can of beans. Another keeper, thanks!

  6. Sounds great and I’ll be making it soon, but I’ll also add chopped green peppers and sliced mushrooms

  7. Can I use two 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes instead of the diced and whole cans of tomatoes?

  8. This sounds delicious! What can I replace the alcohol with so it’s not missing any liquid when I make it? Thanks.

  9. This “Easy Chili” recipe sounds delicious, and also VERY tasty! The only thing that I’ll do differently is to add about one large diced green bell pepper to the mixture. Otherwise, I’m looking forward to making it. I’m sure that we’ll enjoy it.

  10. Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve never made chili before?! It’s not that I don’t want to, I really do! I’ve just been scared to because growing up I hated my mom’s chili (shhh… she doesn’t know!). Maybe this fall I’ll FINALLY give it a try and make your recipe! Pinning it :)

  11. Love this and that there’s beer in it! Bravo!

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