How to make chili

Easy Chili Recipe. Quick and filling! This easy chili recipe can be made in the slow cooker or as a one pot 30 minute meal. Loaded with beef, beans, chiles and more this hearty chili is perfect for loading up with all your favorite toppings.

Overhead shot of bowl full of easy chili made with ground beef and beans topped with cheese, sour cream and green onions.

How to make Crock Pot Chili

This Crock Pot Chili is very simple! It does take a little bit of prep work, but it is all worth it in the end.

  • Start by cooking your onion and garlic, then browning the ground beef. This needs to be done before the beef goes into the slow cooker.
  • Once the beef is cooked, all of the remaining ingredients get added to the crock pot, along with the cooked beef.
  • Cook the chili on low.
  • When you are ready to serve, scoop the chili out into bowls and top with your favorite chili toppings.
  • The Best Crock Pot Chili recipe

    What toppings do you put on chili?

    There really are no rules for chili toppings. You can get as creative as you want! But here are a few of my favorites.

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • diced avocados
  • diced tomatoes
  • jalapeno slices
  • tortilla chips or fritos
  • diced red onion
  • sliced green onions
  • lime wedges
  • Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe

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    Chicken and White Bean ChiliNew Mexican Red Pork ChiliButternut Squash Chili with BeefCincinnati Chili RecipeSlow Cooker Pumpkin Chili Recipe

    Tools to make this Crock Pot Chili

  • Of course you need a slow cooker! I have one similar to this one, and I love it! One of my favorite features is that it has low, medium and high heat settings.
  • You also need a skillet to cook the ground beef before it goes into the slow cooker. I have been using this one for a couple years now and I love it. If you don’t want to use a nonstick skillet, I always love a good cast iron skillet!
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    This easy Crock Pot Chili recipe only takes about 15 minutes to prep before you slow cook it all day long for the best crock pot chili. Mild enough for the whole family, but still packed with tons of flavor!

    • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 large onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 (16 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (16 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 (16 oz) can tomato sauce
    • 1 (16 oz) can diced tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1/2 tablespoon oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (such as Tobasco)
    • 1 tablespoon liquid from a jar of pepperoncini peppers
    • 1/4 cup water
    • Shredded cheese and sour cream, for topping
    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook, just until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up as it cooks, until it is browned and cooked through.
    2. Place the pinto beans, kidney beans, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes in a large slow cooker. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, cumin and garlic powder. Stir in the cooked ground beef mixture.  Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and pepper liquid. If the chili is too thick, stir in the water.
    3. Cook on low for at least 4 hours, but it can cook on low all day long!

    adapted from World Famous Nosh

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    Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

    • Calories: 286
    • Sugar: 5 g
    • Sodium: 775 g
    • Fat: 14 g
    • Saturated Fat: 11 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
    • Trans Fat: 0 g
    • Carbohydrates: 20 g
    • Fiber: 41 g
    • Protein: 20 g
    • Cholesterol: 34 mg

    Originally published November 16, 2010 – updated 2018

    How Do You Make Chili in a Slow Cooker?

    Start by browning the beef and cooking the onion in a skillet. Add that to the slow cooker then add the remaining ingredients and allow it to cook and simmer on low for 4-6 hours.

    Close up image of chili topped with cheese, green onion and sour cream

    How to freeze chili:

    With this chili being so quick and easy to make, it’s just as easy to make a big batch of it and save some for another night.

    Cool the chili completely, pour into a freezer gallon size bag, press all of the air out of it then seal closed. Lay it flat in the freezer to let it freeze in an easy to store shape. The chili can store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

    When you’re ready to use the freezer chili then you can simply remove it from the freezer, and allow to thaw in the refrigerator for the day or overnight. Then pour the chili into a large pot, bring to a simmer with a lid on to retain moisture. Add any additional seasonings as needed and enjoy!

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    Easy Chili Recipe. Quick and filling! This easy chili recipe can be made in the slow cooker or as a one pot 30 minute meal. Loaded with beef, beans, chiles and more this hearty chili is perfect for loading up with all your favorite toppings.

    • Author: Serene
    • Prep Time: 5 mins
    • Cook Time: 30 mins
    • Total Time: 35 minutes
    • Yield: 6
    • Category: Dinner
    • Method: stovetop, slow cooker
    • Cuisine: American
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 2 garlic cloves minced
    • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
    • 1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
    • 1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomato
    • 1 7 ounce can of diced green chiles
    • 1 15 ounce can of kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
    • 1 15 ounce can of black beans (drained and rinsed)
    • 2 tablespoons Chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • Toppings (optional) sour cream, cheese, green onion
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    Slow Cooker (affiliate link) Directions:

    1. Add the ground beef and onion to a medium size skillet. Cook over medium heat until the onion is soft and the beef is completely cooked. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds.
    2. Remove from heat, drain grease, and add meat mixture to the crockpot.
    3. Add in all the other ingredients, stir to combine. Cook over low heat for 4-6 hours.

    Stovetop Directions:

    1. Add the ground beef and onion to a large pot or dutch oven. Cook over medium heat until the onion is soft and the beef is completely cooked. Add the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Drain any grease and return to heat.
    2. Add all other ingredients to the pot, stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Cover and allow to simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
    • Serving Size: 1
    • Calories: 307
    • Carbohydrates: 33 g
    • Protein: 24 g
    • Cholesterol: 47 mg

    Keywords: chili, one pot meal, slow cooker,

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