Slow Cooker Chili With Ground Beef

A bowl of chili

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
709 Calories
15g Fat
85g Carbs
60g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 709
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 101mg 34%
Sodium 450mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 25g 88%
Protein 60g
Calcium 265mg 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 ground beef chili is a snap to prepare with canned beans and tomatoes, and the crock pot makes it a breeze to cook

Bell peppers, chopped onion and celery, and chili powder add texture and flavor to this chili. Add heat to the dish with some cayenne pepper, or add some chopped fresh or canned jalapeno peppers or another type of fresh, hot chile pepper.

Chili is one of those dishes that is very adaptable. If the chili seems too mild in flavor, add more chili powder or some ground cumin. If you like chunks of tomatoes, make it with diced tomatoes instead of the crushed tomatoes. Substitute black beans, pinto beans, or small red beans for the kidney beans. A combination of two parts ground beef and one pound ground pork or pork sausage are some other variations that can add flavor. Ground turkey thighs are a tasty alternative as well, especially if you like to avoid red meat.

See the tips and variations for a variety of ways to thicken the chili along with some additional flavor ideas.


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves​ garlic (minced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (16 oz) cans kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon​ chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is translucent, stirring frequently.

  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute. Drain well.

  4. Combine the ground beef mixture with the bell pepper, celery, tomatoes, tomato sauce, drained beans, and seasonings. Transfer to the crockery insert of a slow cooker.

  5. Cover and cook for 5 to 7 hours on low, or until done.

  6. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, as needed.

  7. Serve and enjoy!



The recipe is easily scaled up for a party or tailgating. Keep the chili in the slow cooker on the warm setting (or low) for serving.

Recipe Variations

If the chili is soupier than you like, thicken it with a tablespoon or two of cornmeal or masa flour; add it to the chili near the end of the cooking time. Or mash some of the beans with a potato masher to thicken the chili. Alternatively, a paste made with 3 to 4 tablespoons of cold water and 2 tablespoons of flour—or 1 tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of cold water—may be added about 15 minutes before the chili is done. Turn the slow cooker to high and cook until thickened.