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Slow Cooker Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins
 

This classic Slow Cooker Chili recipe is my family's favorite easy, weeknight comfort food -- and it's full of lean protein, beans, veggies, and zesty seasonings! For a healthy dinner recipe that you can make ahead, there's just nothing better!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic chili recipe, slow cooker chili, slow cooker chili recipe
Servings: 12 cups
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Blair
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. extra-lean ground beef you can sub with ground chicken or ground turkey if you prefer
  • 1 ¼ cups frozen diced onion or about 1 large onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans or small pink beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, NOT drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn kernels, drained
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese; sliced green onions; sour cream; sliced olives; crushed tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. Heat about 2 teaspoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef, onion, and garlic in the skillet until beef is no longer pink. Drain.
  2. Place beef mixture inside a large slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with optional toppings.
Recipe Notes
  • To make last-minute dinner prep even faster, I like to brown the ground beef, onion and garlic in advance and then just keep the cooked meat in a container in my refrigerator until we're ready to use it. This is a step that I can usually do on the weekend so that I only have to dump the ingredients into the pot on a busy weekday morning.
  • Make slow cooker chili with no beans by omitting the canned beans and substituting with an extra can of corn and some extra ground beef (or another vegetable of choice).
  • Turn this into slow cooker turkey chili by substituting with 2 lbs. of ground turkey in lieu of the ground beef.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 28
% Daily Value*
Fat 3.1g5%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Sodium 942.6mg41%
Carbohydrates 25.6g9%
Fiber 6.1g25%
Sugar 8.1g9%
Protein 24.3g49%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.