Classic Crockpot Chili

Classic Crockpot Chili

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
575 Calories
9g Fat
85g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 575
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 24g 85%
Protein 43g
Calcium 253mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Feel free to substitute for just about any ingredient in this classic Crockpot chili recipe. Use your imagination! We like our chili mild, so if your ideal chili burns your tongue, add red pepper flakes, jalapeno and habanero chilies, and of course, more chili powder. And make sure you take a look at all of our chili recipes for even more ideas.

Real chili from Texas or Mexico does not contain any beans and uses pieces of round steak or chuck instead of ground beef. But if you're looking for a classic American chili recipe, this one is hard to beat. It's a mild recipe, so season it according to your tastes.

All you need with this simple recipe is some sour cream, sliced avocados or guacamole, shredded cheese, a green salad, and some cold iced tea or beer.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Steps to Make It

  1. Sauté the ground beef in heavy skillet with the onions until the meat is brown, stirring to break up the meat as it cooks. Drain well.

  2. Combine the cooked beef and onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, ground cumin, dried oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and the drained and rinsed kidney beans in a ​4-quart slow cooker and stir.

  3. Cover the crockpot and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or until the vegetables are tender. Turn the heat to high. Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl until smooth and add to the chili, stirring well. Uncover the slow cooker and cook for about 15 minutes, until the chili slightly thickened.

  4. Serve the chili with lots of accompaniments, including sour cream, chopped green onions, guacamole, sliced jalapenos, and shredded cheese.