This Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili is a crowd-pleasing ‘pull out all the stops’ kind of chili.
Your new go-to chili recipe is here.
We all have a go-to chili recipe that we make whenever we need an easy weeknight meal or a dish for potluck or party. Some have beans and some don’t. Some are mild and mellow and some nearly take your breath away.
I think that a person’s go-to chili is a window to their soul.
Just kidding. I don’t know what your go-to recipe says about you other than how spicy/chunky/thick you like it. I do know, however, that this Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili is all of those things and more. It’s truly a ‘pull out all the stops’ kind of chili – seasoned ground beef, fire-roasted tomatoes, chiles, peppers, three kinds of beans, sweet and savory spices – it’s all in there. And although the ingredient list looks long, the prep time is surprisingly short with only a few veggies to chop and a few cans to open.
It also pulls out all the stops when it comes to flavor. Trust me!
Why I love this Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili.
- Chunky – There are lots of veggies, ground beef, and beans in here to give it texture.
- Thick – No soup-like chili here. This one is almost thick enough to stand your spoon up in.
- Spicy – Or more accurately, spicy as you want it to be. Omit the jalapeño pepper for a milder chili, or double it and use spicy chili powder for some more serious heat.
- Packed with fiber – Boasting 11 grams of fiber from beans, one serving meets almost 1/2 to 1/3 of the daily recommended fiber intake for women (25 grams) and men (38 grams) according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Packed with flavor – From the fire-roasted tomatoes and chiles to the cinnamon and cocoa powder, this Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili boasts a complex set of flavors that will have you coming back for more.
Slow Cooker Convenience + Slow Simmer Flavor
It’s no secret that I LOVE my Instant Pot and that nine times out of 10, I reach for it before I reach for the slow cooker. But when it comes to this Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili, the slow cooker is hands down the way to go. The long, slow-cooking time results in a chili that’s thick and concentrated with more developed flavors.
Plus, few things beat coming home after a long day away to a meal that’s ready when you are! I mean, what’s better than opening the front door to smell of slow-cooked chili?
Go wild with the toppings.
This Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili just begs for alllllll the toppings. I love to set them out in bowls on the counter and let my family and friends top their bowls as they please. Here some of my favorite chili toppings:
- Finely diced red or sweet onions
- Fresh cilantro
- Shredded sharp cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
- Crumbled cotija cheese
- Sliced jalapeños
- Diced or sliced avocados
- Sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, creme fraiche, or cashew cream sauce (like this one)
- Lime wedges
- Hot sauce
- Corn chips or tortilla chips
- Warm corn tortilla for dipping
You really cannot go wrong with any of these toppings when it comes to a bowl of this thick, rich, soul-satisfying Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili. Give it a try, it just might become your new go-to chili recipe, too!
- 2 tsp. cooking fat of choice
- 1½ lbs. lean ground beef or bison (may substitute ground turkey)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 bell pepper, any color, diced
- 1 small jalapeño pepper, finely diced (seeds and membranes removed for less heat)
- 3 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- ¼ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- 2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chiles
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- ¾ cup beef broth (may substitute water or chicken broth)
- 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Heat a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the oil. When the oil starts to shimmer, add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until onions and peppers just start to soften.
- Add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Use a large spoon to spatula to break up the meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is almost cooked through.
- Transfer beef mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4-5 hours).
- Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve with desired toppings.
- Serving Size: 1/8th recipe
- Calories: 342
- Sugar: 8g
- Sodium: 979mg
- Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 38g
- Fiber: 11g
- Protein: 26g
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