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A bowl of slow cooker chili topped with shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions.

Slow Cooker Chili

This slow cooker chili is a blend of beef, beans, tomatoes and spices, all simmered together in the crock pot for a rich and hearty dish. Crock pot chili is perfect for parties and any occasion where you need to feed a crowd!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 304kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 3 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided use
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 15 ounce cans dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • cheese, sour cream and green onions for serving


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the beef and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until beef is browned and cooked through.
  • Place the ground beef in the slow cooker along with the onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, sugar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Stir to combine, then cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Add the beans and cook for an additional 20 minutes until beans are warmed through. Serve immediately. 



Calories: 304kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 841mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1125IU | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 4.6mg