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Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili

    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!

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    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.

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    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.

    Chili in Slow Cooker

    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.

    Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili Recipe

    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.

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    Can you freeze slow cooker beef chili?

    This slow cooker beef chili will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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    Easy Slow Cooker Beef Chili

    4.34 stars average
    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!
    PREP: 15 mins
    COOK: 4 hrs
    TOTAL: 4 hrs 15 mins
    Servings: 8



    • 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.


    Serving: 1.5cupsCalories: 280kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 19gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 593mgPotassium: 684mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1230IUVitamin C: 26mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 5mg

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    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. 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?? ;)

    2. 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.

    3. 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 :)

      1. 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. :)

    4. 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!

    5. 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.

    6. 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!

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