Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe -
Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Chili

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"Here's a hearty chili made with ground beef and kidney beans, cooked for hours in a slow cooker."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    8 hrs

    8 hrs 15 mins


  1. Cook and stir ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Transfer ground beef to a slow cooker.
  3. Stir in kidney beans, diced tomatoes, onion, half the green bell peppers, half the red bell peppers, chili powder, garlic, salt, and ground black pepper until well combined.
  4. Place remaining green bell peppers and red bell peppers on top of mixture.
  5. Cover the cooker and cook on High setting until vegetables are soft and the flavors have blended, about 2 hours.
  6. Stir chili and cook on Low setting for 6 more hours.
  7. Serve in bowls; garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon of shredded Cheddar cheese.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 12, 2013

This is just like the chili I make only I use canned pinto beans (Bush's) and also add cumin and cayenne pepper. The ground beef is chuck which produces more grease (drained in a colander)but also much more flavor. I use a cast iron dutch oven and the "fond" made by the browned ground chuck is terrific, once the liquid goes in! Maybe Jay is a bit too finicky about his chili, jrgh17. This is good stuff.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 18, 2012

There is some awesome recipes on here but this is not one of them. I did not care for this.

Jun 02, 2014

I did not care for this recipe. For one thing, this needs WAY more liquid. The juice from two cans of diced tomatoes is not nearly enough! I was quite disappointed that there was nothing to dip my bread bowl top into. :( Flavor-wise, this was "OK," but my hubs and I agree that we've had much better. Thanks anyways, jrgh17.

Sep 13, 2013

This is just like a recipe that came with a list of recipes from my slow cooker! You do need to modify though, I use 2 cans of the 28 oz Tomatoes and 3 Tbsp of the Chili Powder. I add 1 - 2 Tsp Cumin, a Tbsp of pickle juice, and a pickle. You really can go as wild or as tame as your want adding additional flavors spices etc. Great base chili recipe and it is what I have always use!

Mar 03, 2014

Great base for a recipe, but not enough liquid from the ingredients listed. I added a couple of teaspoons of cayenne pepper and a can of tomato sauce. Also substituted ground turkey for the beef. After that, it turned out pretty good!

Dec 23, 2014

This was a great base for slow-cooked chili and easy enough to modify. Once we got to the last hour in the slow-cooker we tasted it to see how things were progressing. We wound up added more of everything (salt, garlic, chili powder, pepper) plus a healthy splash of hot sauce. Topped it with shredded Gruyere. We will definitely make this again.

Oct 05, 2014

My very 1st review. Made this yesterday. I'm not much of a cook so, slow cookers are a GOOD thing. Turned out pretty good. I did add a couple of things not in the original recipe, ie: 1 stalk of celery (chopped coarse) and a small can of tomato sauce as other reviewers stated it might not have enough liquid and just a touch of cayenne. All in all, I enjoyed it, although it doesn't make 10 servings.

Oct 04, 2014

I never liked chili much before trying this recipe but it has become a household favorite. My husband has even admitted it's better than his mother's! We enjoy it with cornbread or cheddar bay biscuits.


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  • Calories
  • 333 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 64 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 7.7 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 23.2 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 896 mg
  • 36%

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

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