Favorite Basic Crock Pot Chili

Crockpot Chili

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs 10 mins
Total: 8 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
427 Calories
21g Fat
22g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 427
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 472mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 18mg 92%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 5mg 30%
Potassium 850mg 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.)

This easy crockpot chili recipe is made with coarsely ground beef and beans. Kidney beans are called for, but you could use small red beans in this chili. Feel free to modify the basic recipe to suit your taste. Add more spices, use tomatoes with green chile peppers, or replace some of the beef with lean ground pork.

Top servings of the chili with shredded cheese and serve it with Tex-Mex cornbread and coleslaw.


  • 2 pounds coarsely ground beef, round or chuck

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained

  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans tomatoes, drained

  • 1 green pepper, seeded, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with the chopped onion.

  2. Put the browned ground beef, onions, and the remaining ingredients in a 3 1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker. Stir well.

  3. Cover the pot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.


If you want your chili right away, consider the Instant Pot. Brown the ground beef and onion on the Instant Pot sauté setting and add the remaining ingredients. Ensure the vent is on "sealing." Choose the manual setting, high pressure, and set the time for 25 minutes.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace one can of tomatoes with a can of diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as Ro-Tel).
  • Add a few tablespoons of finely chopped jalapeño peppers to the chili.
  • Kick it up with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes.