Homemade beef chili served with black and red kidney beans topped with avocado and plain greek yogurt.
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Beef Crockpot Chili

A family favorite homemade crockpot chili seasoned with smoked paprika and cumin. This slow cooker beef chili is made with fresh veggies, black and red kidney beans.

Homemade slow cooker beef chili served with black and red kidney beans topped with avocado and plain greek yogurt.

Homemade chili made with ground beef, fresh vegetables and seasoned with spices. Also you can serve with tortilla chips, cilantro or avocado. Slow cooker chili is great for weeknight dinners or parties.

Homemade Crockpot Chili Recipe

Texture: chewy, thick with lots of veggies and beans.
Taste: mildly spicy.
Simplicity: you need to chop onion, bell pepper and tomato, also onion, garlic and ground beef needs to be cooked for few minutes on the frying pan before putting to the slow cooker.
Meal Type: soup, dinner.

How to make Beef Slow Cooker Chili

  1. Firstly gather all ingredients: ground beef, oil, onion, garlic clove, bell pepper, tomato, tomato sauce, stock, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, oregano, red and black beans.
  2. Saute onion and garlic, brown the beef on frying pan, add to the crockpot.
  3. Add rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker except beans, cook for 3 hours on high.
  4. Add black and red kidney beans, cook another hour.

How to make chili in crockpot with beans, tomatoes and spices.

Tips to make Slow Cooker Beef Chili

  • Brown the beef first on the frying pan, remember to drain excess fat if there is any.
  • You can use canned tomato instead of fresh tomato.
  • Add some extra secret ingredients to your chili to enhance the flavor if you prefer, for example chocolate, molasses or coffee. Approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of one of these ingredients will be sufficient.
  • If you don’t have red or black beans use any that you have in your kitchen pantry: pinto, black-eyed, white etc.

Mexican flavored soup in a white bowl with toppings with cilantro around it.

Homemade Crockpot Chili Soup Faq’s

Why do you have to brown the beef on frying pan? This step is recommended but not necessary for this recipe, you can put beef straight to slow cooker. Cooking beef first on the frying pan will help to remove excess fat, so you can drain some before putting to the crockpot. Browning the meat will give an extra flavor to the dish.

What do you garnish chili with? You can garnish chili with tortilla chips, green onion, diced avocado, cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream or plain greek yogurt.

What do you serve at a Chili Party? You can serve Mexican flavored meals like Guacamole, Cornbread, Fish Tacos, Chicken Fajitas, Taco Zucchini Quinoa Casserole, Stuffed Jalapenos, Pork Quesadillas.

How can I thicken my chili? Simply use cornstarch to thicken your soup or add more veggies.

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Crockpot Chili

Homemade crockpot chili with ground beef, beans and spices.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 713kcal
Author: Ilona

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 4 cups chicken stock homemade or store-bought
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 16 oz. red kidney beans 1 can
  • 16 oz. black beans 1 can

Instructions

  • Heat frying pan, add oil, saute onion for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Add minced garlic, cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Remove onion and garlic from the frying pan, add beef to the pan, cook on medium-high for 7-10 minutes. Drain some excess fat if there is too much.
  • Turn on slow cooker on high, add onion, garlic, cooked beef, green bell pepper, tomato, chicken stock, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, salt, oregano and black pepper. Cook for 3 hours.
  • Add red and black beans, cook 1 hour.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican

Notes

  • Brown the beef first on the frying pan, remember to drain excess fat if there is any.
  • You can use canned tomato instead of fresh tomato.
  • Add some extra secret ingredients to your chili to enhance the flavor if you prefer, for example chocolate, molasses or coffee. Approximately 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of one of these ingredients will be sufficient.
  • If you don't have red or black beans use any that you have in your kitchen pantry: pinto, black-eyed, white etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 713kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 46gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1269mgPotassium: 1639mgFiber: 16gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1944IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 10mg
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Update Notes: The recipe was originally posted in October 2014, it was updated with new photos and faq’s in April,  2020.

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