Crock Pot Chili With Ground Beef and Beans

Chili with Beans and Cornbread Crumble
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
725 Calories
17g Fat
85g Carbs
60g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 725
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 25g 88%
Protein 60g
Calcium 266mg 20%
*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.)

This easy crockpot chili recipe is made with lean ground beef, canned beans, and chopped vegetables. It is a hearty, nutritious, and complete meal that is perfect on a cold winter day.

Double the recipe and take it along to the game or a party and serve it right from the slow cooker. Accompany this tasty chili with hot, freshly baked cornbread or biscuits, or crumble cornbread over the top of each serving along with shredded cheese.

For fun, set up a tray with a variety of garnish options such as sliced green onions, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, diced fresh tomatoes, minced red onions, crushed tortilla chips, and oyster crackers.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 pounds ground beef (80 to 85 percent lean)
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 1 green bell pepper (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Dash of kosher salt (or to taste)
  • Garnish: shredded cheese, cornbread crumble

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute for 2 minutes. Crumble the beef into the skillet and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Pour off any excess grease and transfer the beef and onion mixture to the slow cooker.

  3. To the crockpot, add the beans, tomatoes, chopped bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and kosher salt.

  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.

  5. Serve hot and enjoy.

Refrigerate any leftover chili. It will last for three to four days in the refrigerator. You can use leftover chili to make chili-filled biscuit cups, stuff bell peppers, top hot dogs, or fill burritos. You can also throw together a quick hot dip, cornbread-topped casserole, or taco salad.

This chili freezes well; freeze in larger containers for a quick dinner or divide into serving-size portions for convenient lunches. It will keep at its best quality for four to six months in the freezer. Be sure to label the container with the date and contents.


  • For extra heat, add a few tablespoons of finely chopped jalapeno peppers or another type of hot pepper, or add some cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • The recipe calls for pinto beans, but kidney beans, black beans, or white beans would all work well in this chili.
  • Dried beans could be used in this recipe. They should be soaked and cooked separately before adding them to the crockpot.
  • You can replace part or all of the ground beef with ground turkey, or swap out 1/2 pound of the ground beef with ground sausage.
  • If you find yourself without fresh garlic, substitute with about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
  • Chili is a great way to get picky kids to (secretly) eat vegetables. To include even more vegetables in this chili, add 8 to 16 ounces of sliced mushrooms to the skillet and cook along with the onions. You can also toss in about 1/2 cup of grated carrots to the skillet with the onions and beef, which will add a slight sweetness to the dish.
  • For a low-calorie version, try this Low Calorie Crock Pot Chili recipe.