Easy Slow Cooker Chili

2 bowls of chili topped with shredded cheese and sour cream

This Easy Slow Cooker Chili is comfort food at its best! Packed with protein and hearty beans, this easy and flavorful chili will quickly become one of your favorite slow cooker recipes to serve this fall and winter!

The slow browning of the beef, and sautéing of the onions and spices produces a tender texture that bursts with flavor and warmth, perfect for the family or served to guests.two bowls of chili


  • Not a problem! This recipe can easily be made on the stovetop. Follow steps 1-2 above, skip step 3, follow step 4 ((except don’t add the beans yet)) and simmer for 2-3 hours over low heat. Then stir in beans and continue with step 6-7.


  • This Easy Slow Cooker Chili would go really well alongside cornbread or with some baked potatoes. Grated cheese and sour cream are always invited to the party too!


  • Chili freezes and reheats really well which makes it a breeze for leftovers or for meal prep. Make your life a little easier by freezing small batches for lunches in the week or a larger batch for a midweek dinner.
    If you are trying to meal prep, the best would be to brown the ground beef, onions and garlic ahead of time and store in the fridge 1-2 days prior to making the chili.


  1. Don’t skip softening your onions prior to adding to your slow cooker otherwise, you will end up with crunchy onions in the chili.
  2. Always use good quality ground beef. If you want to increase the flavor of your ground beef, try cooking 1 pound at a time as this will allow better browning due to increased space in the skillet and browning is responsible for incredible flavor!
  3. Cook your beef on low heat. This allows time for flavors to develop and will result in more tender beef.
    Leave to cool completely before storing your chili in the fridge or freezer using airtight containers.


  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef until almost done. Add chopped onions and garlic and cook until no pink remains in beef and onions are soft, about 3-5 minutes.cooked ground beef, diced onion, and garlic in a frying pan
  2. Drain well and add into your crockpot.browned ground beef in slow cooker
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.all ingredients for easy slow cooker chili in a crockpot
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours.chili in a slow cooker
  5. Serve with your favorite toppings.
    two bowls of chili with a side of corn bread

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3.66 from 23 votes

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large about 2 cups onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cans 28 oz diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 can 15.5 oz chili beans, mild or hot
  • 1 can 15.5 oz kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can 15.5 oz pinto beans, drained
  • 4-5 tablespoons chili powder more or less depending on taste
  • 2 teaspoons cumin more or less depending on taste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  • In a large skillet, cook ground beef until almost done
  • Add chopped onions and garlic and cook until no pink remains in beef and onions are soft, about 3-5 minutes
  • Drain well and add to Crockpot
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined
  • Cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours
  • Serve with your favorite toppings
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator

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  1. 5 stars
    Should I drain my beans?

    1. therockstarmommyblog says:

      Yes, I drain my beans 🙂