Crock Pot Beef and Bean Chili

Bowl of Chili With Beans
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  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
599 Calories
10g Fat
83g Carbs
47g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 599
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 24g 85%
Protein 47g
Calcium 228mg 18%
*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.)

There's nothing quite like a bowl of hot, hearty chili to warm body and soul on a cold fall or winter evening. And a big thank you to Texas for introducing chili to America! A typical Texas chili is, in its most basic form, a combination of cooked beef and chile peppers. It's one of those dishes that you can experiment with by adding or substituting different vegetables and seasonings. Feel free to add your own personal twist to the recipe with your family's favorite ingredients. Make it with black beans, pinto beans, or small red beans instead of kidney beans. Or omit the kidney beans and add some extra meat. Ground turkey is another option if you're looking to lighten the dish a bit. Or use a combination of beef and pork or sausage. If you want to avoid refined sugar, consider grated or shredded carrots for natural sweetness. If you like lots of heat, add a minced jalapeno pepper or crushed red pepper flakes, to taste.

The slow cooker makes cooking a breeze, and it also makes it easy to take the finished dish along to a party or potluck. Just wrap the hot crock pot in towels or newspapers to keep it hot and take it along to the event. Plug it in as soon as you get there and serve the chili hot from the crock pot.

The list of ingredients seems long, but you probably have most of them on hand. Plus, they make the chili flavorful and full of great texture. 


  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans red kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (4-ounce) can mild green chilies (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram (1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional Garnish: Shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
  • Optional Garnish: Cornbread crumble or croutons (see below)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef for about 5 minutes. Add the celery, onions, and bell pepper and continue cooking until the beef is no longer pink. 

  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the ground beef mixture to the slow cooker crockery insert and add the remaining ingredients.

  3. Cover the pot and cook the chili on low for 7 to 9 hours.

  4. Remove the bay leaf and stir before serving. Taste and adjust seasonings.

  5. Top servings of chili with shredded cheese, cornbread crumble, or croutons, if desired.

  6. Serve this chili with cornbread, biscuits, or crackers, as desired.


  • Cornbread Crumble or Croutons: Crumble or cube a few pieces of cornbread. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and toss gently with a tablespoon of olive oil. Bake in a preheated 400 F oven for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until browned around the edges. Turn once during the baking time. Sprinkle cornbread crumble over bowls of chili, beans, or stew.