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close up of a white bowl full of crockpot chili topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, sour cream, diced onion, fresh cilantro
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5 from 19 votes

Crockpot Chili

This Crockpot Chili recipe is a winner! Hearty and full of flavor, you will love coming home to this great dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time8 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crock pot chili, slow cooker, slow cooker recipes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 286kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 1 pound ground beef (read how to use ground turkey)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 14 ounces kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes undrained
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and break up. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add in the green pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until you can no longer see pink. There is no need to cook the beef all the way through. Drain the fat from the skillet.
  • Add the beef mixture to the slow cooker. Add in the chili powder, cumin, ground chipotle, and ground cayenne pepper. Mix in the Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce.
  • Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Serve with diced red onion, corn chips, sliced jalapenos, shredded cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.



See my tips in the post about controlling the spiciness of this chili.


Serving: 1.3cups | Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1272mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 12g