Crock Pot Chili

Who says everyday crock pot chili needs to be blah? A wonderful tasty red ground beef chili recipe made crock pot easy. A great hardy meal but good enough for that Superbowl party.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Dan Mikesell AKA DrDan


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion large chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 28 oz light kidney beans
  • 1 green pepper
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional and adjust to taste


  • Start by browning two pounds of ground beef. After 3-4 minutes add one large onion chopped. Add minced or crushed garlic near the end of browning. About 8 minutes total. Drain and add to large crock pot (5 qt plus).
  • Rinse and drain two cans light kidney beans.
  • Chop one green pepper.
  • Add two 14 oz cans diced tomatoes, one 6 oz can tomato paste, 1 cup water, 6 tablespoons chili powder, two teaspoon cumin, one teaspoon oregano, one teaspoon salt (to taste), 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional and adjust to taste).
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.


Pro Tips:

  1. Precook the ground beef and throw the chopped onion in with it.
  2. Rinsing the beans will decrease the sodium load.
  3. Add salt to taste only.
  4. This is a thick chili. Add more water or a can of beef broth if you like your chili more like a soup.
  5. Serving size is about 1 1/2 cups.
  6. An easy recipe to cut in half. Use the serving adjustment just below the ingredients. Cooking time will remain the same.
  7. A full recipe uses a larger crock pot (5 qt plus). A half recipe will fit in 2.5 qt minimum.
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Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 760mg | Potassium: 1255mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2000IU | Vitamin C: 26.4mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 6.1mg