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5 from 3 votes

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili is easy to make and full of flavor. This is the perfect crockpot meal for family dinners or for feeding a crowd!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 346kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bell peppers red, yellow or orange, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder see note
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth or chicken broth
  • 28 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the onion to the pan and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef in the pan and cook until browned, crumbling with a spoon or spatula.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the contents of the skillet to the slow cooker.
  • Add the bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, brown sugar, salt, black pepper, tomato paste, broth and diced tomatoes to the slow cooker. Stir.
  • Gently stir in the kidney beans and black beans.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve chili with toppings as desired.


  • If you can't find fire roasted diced tomatoes, regular diced tomatoes will also work. You can also substitute crushed tomatoes for the diced tomatoes.
  • I make this recipe using mild chili powder, and the chili is mildly spicy. If your chili powder is hot, you may want to reduce the amount.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1441mg | Potassium: 1255mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 3349IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 146mg | Iron: 7mg
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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