Perfect for entertaining, this hearty and delicious beef chili has not only amazing flavor but is easy to make. The perfect set it and forget it recipe!
If you are a regular reader of my blog or follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve heard me confess a terrible secret: my husband does not eat Mexican food. I know… I. KNOW. Crazy, right? Ironically, I was born in Tucson, Arizona not far from the Mexico border and have been eating authentic Mexican food my entire life.
Since it’s not exactly fun to make tacos for one, I often make a big batch of chili on the weekends to reheat for a quick and healthy lunch all week long. Fortunately, both of my boys love chili so we have finally out-numbered my husband.
Ideal for entertaining and feeding a crowd, this slow cooker beef chili is perfect for prepping ahead. In fact, it tastes even better the next day or two.
Of course, the best part of chili is garnishing with all of your favorite mix-ins! Cilantro, red onion, jalapeno, shredded cheese, sour cream, the options are limitless.
Entertaining Tip: Create a chili bar and let your gets top their own chili with whatever toppings they wish.
If you’re as impatient as I am or need to cool down the dish quickly for little ones, dollop the chili with a little plain yogurt. The cool, tangy yogurt is the perfect compliment to the warm and hearty chili.
What is your favorite chili topping? Would love to hear from you.
Your spoon is waiting.
Can you freeze slow cooker beef chili?
This slow cooker beef chili will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili
- 1 pound ground sirloin (or turkey)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 yellow onion (diced)
- 1 diced sweet pepper (orange red or yellow)
- 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
- 15 ounces black beans (or kidney beeans)
- 14 ounce fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 14 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 cups beef broth (low sodium)
- 12 ounce bottle beer (or more chicken broth)
- cilantro and red onion (optional)
- Pre-heat a skillet to medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray. Add ground sirloin, salt and pepper to pan and break down the beef into bite-sized pieces using a wooden spoon. Cook until nicely browned, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and place in the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well.
- Cook on High for 4 Hours or Low for 8 Hours.
- Serve with red onion and cilantro if you wish.
Check out my other delicious slow cooker recipes on Pinterest!
Liz, I’ll all for the slow cooker to make life easier – that lime crema sounds like the perfect topping for your chili!
You and me both!! I need all the extra time I can get these days. :)
Mexican food is one of my favorite things to eat–every time I read that your husband doesn’t eat Mexican food I am in shock! :) I guess that just means more for you! Does he at least eat chips and salsa and guacamole?? ;)
Tell me about it!! He DOES like chips and salsa but not guacamole. Which isn’t the worst problem… :)
I still can’t believe you haven’t converted him to a Mexican food-lover with all of your yummy dishes!
I can’t believe it either, friend!!
My husband could eat Mexican food everyday. He was born in SoCal and we were stationed in NM for a few years. I’m slowly coming around to making more Mexican food at home.
Oh I’m envious of the Mexican food in SoCal!!
Looks amazing, Liz!!! Mmmmmm!
Thanks so much Julie!! It’s 12 degrees outside so we are all about soups these days. :)
love the addition of the lima crema, makes everything better.
It really does, Cheri! Thanks so much!
Fo shizzle, this is off the chil-izzle:)
Best. response. ever.
What a great chili recipe. I’m also at shock that your husband doesn’t care for Mexican food. I think I could eat it every single meal.
I could to – that’s the sad part!! Oddly, he eats sashimi. Raw fish but not tacos – lol!!
He doesn’t like chili either?! Oh goodness, I feel for you girl! We eat Mexican inspired meals at least a few times a week – they are my savior since they’re so easy. Can’t wait to try this…though I don’t have a slow cooker (ah!) so will make it in my Dutch oven :)
NO! Isn’t that crazy?? Ugh. It really is sad. But one day I plan to out number him. PS: Your oven is a slow cooker! Just put the Dutch oven in at 170 and you can leave for the day. Or the good old fashioned way on the stove. :)
I love this recipe… but, what I think is calling to me is the Lime Crema! I’m totally going to have have to add that to the various toppings my family has when I make chili!
Yes you must!! It’s so simply but it really adds a lot of flavor and helps mellow out the spice!
How can you go wrong with lime crema on anything? The slow cooker option just adds to this meal’s wonderfulness!
You really can’t Anna! Thanks so much!
Um… YUM! What time did you say for me to come over again?!
6PM!! Don’t forget dessert! ;)
This looks sooo good Liz and I use Simply Organic seasoning a lot, love it :)
Thanks so much Gerry! Aren’t they the best spices?
This looks awesome! Loving the crema. Hopefully Rich will come around soon. ;)
I’m not holding my breath. ;) BUT I HAVE A PLAN! Soon we will out number him – haha. xo
So glad my husband loves Mexican food. I’m hoping you’ll be able to change your husband’s mind. Some of your great recipes are sure to do it. I never put corn in my chili, but I just may try it now. I love your lime crema recipe. Trying that too.
Our favorite way to have chili is over rice. My mother always added elbow macaroni, but years ago I lived in Hawaii and almost everything is served with rice and it became a standard with chili. Always a good meal for a cold winter day.
I love that you have it over rice!! I also love it over a baked sweet potato from time to time. I hope you enjoy!
Love that lime crema! Good on everything!
Isn’t that the truth! Couldn’t keep Asher out of it. :)
I love a good spicy chili. The crema is awesome on there, too!
You and me both!! Happy Monday friend!
Loving the sound of your slow cooker chili! That crema!! Happy Monday!
Love that we are both on the same slow cooker page!! xo
I love crock pot meals and, as terrible as it is to admit, I have never made a chili in mine! I love how easy this is, but so flavorful!
And, that lime crema looks like I want to put it on just about everything in life!
I had never made chili in mine either!! What the heck?? :) Enjoy!!
Yummy! Perfect for the next few days of snow and bitter cold! That will heat you right up! I have never used a packet of mix before, but I am sure that would make it delightful….and as for Muir Glen, it has my name in it….so I must like it! Great recipe! I love slow cooker chillis! I made one just last week, and LOVED it! Thanks for sharing!
Ha!! It does have your name on it! Must be a sign. :) Enjoy!