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Slow Cooker Chili Recipe
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Slow Cooker Chili

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"My mother gave me this one as an easy way to dump dinner in a pot and be done with it. It is a simple meal. Serve with crackers or cornbread."

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Original recipe makes 7 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute the ground beef for 5 to 10 minutes, or until browned. Transfer to a slow cooker. Then add the onion, green bell peppers, beans and tomatoes to the slow cooker. Season with chili powder to taste. Cook on high setting for 4 hours, or until all vegetables are tender.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 14, 2004

Very good! I used about 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef and I only used three cans of kidney beans (it just seemed like a lot of beans)with one green pepper. Also, I added garlic powder, salt and pepper and used A LOT more chili powder than the recipe called for. I used about four tablespoons. It was a little watery so I added a small can of tomato paste! I thought it was a great recipe overall! I will make this agian without a doubt! Thank you!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 12, 2004

My chili came out great but that was with some changes to this recipe...I only put in 3 cans of beans...i used a can of diced tomatoes and a small can of tomatoe paste instead of the suggested can of tomotoes. I used 3 times the chili powder and also added two hot peppers used only one green pepper and threw in some hot sauce and salt....otherwise it would have been to runny and too beany and too bland...4 hours was perfect cooking time in the slow cooker.

Jan 14, 2004

I really wish I would have read the other reviews prior to making this. The recipe 'as is' does not make a very good chili. It is very runny, not enough chili powder and has WAY too many beans in it. I think the changes suggested by the other reviewers would help a lot.

Jan 18, 2011

Used 1 40oz can of kidney beans instead, cut the pepper and the onion, added 2 cans tomato paste, salted, peppered, used garlic powder to taste and 3tbs chili powder. Also used 2lbs ground beef instead!

Jan 14, 2004

this is not relly a thick chili,its more watery like soup,very watery,at least it was when i made was still good but not what i though it was going to be

Oct 13, 2010

My family loved this one! I made 12 servings but only used half of the cans instructed (I don't like a lot of beans). I also added a bay leaf, Italian seasoning and a lot of garlic (6 cloves for 12 servings). I also put some tomato paste - I have it in a tube so I just squeezed it in) to try and thicken it up a little. What an improvement to an already wonderful recipe!

Oct 11, 2002

Try using tomato paste in place of some of the canned tomatoes for a thicker consistency. You may want to add a bit of suger, however, to sweeten it up.

Jan 06, 2013

After reading reviews and taking others suggestions I made my chili with: almost 2 lbs ground beef, 1 greean bell pepper diced, 1 red bell pepper diced, 1 onion diced, 2 cans of kidney beans, 1 can chili beans, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 small can tomato paste, 1 1/2 cups water, lots of salt, pepper and chili powder. It turned out perfect!4 hrs was the perfect amount of time. It was my first chili attempt and its now a family favorite.


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  • Calories
  • 487 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53.7 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 18.6 g
  • 29%
  • Fiber
  • 20.5 g
  • 82%
  • Protein
  • 28.3 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 853 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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