Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe 

Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe is spicy, thick & rich filled with ground beef and beans and packs a spicy punch.

This chili is so good and so easy to make.  Just brown your ground beef in the morning, pop everything into a slow cooker and set-it and forget-it. 

You’ll have a delicious dinner ready when you get home from work.

Topped with cheese, sour cream, and avocado slices, this makes the perfect hearty meal or make a batch to top hot dogs at your next barbecue.

Serve with cornbread.


Easy Slow Cooker Chili

Course: Appetizer, Chili, dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, BBQ, Chili, Mexican, New Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kelly DiMascio

Chili is one of those dishes that are always a great addition to any party or potluck. Chili is great on its own or as a topping for hot dogs.

This chili has the perfect smokey, spicy flavor you want in chili, and the best part is this is a super easy slow cooker recipe.

Easy budget-friendly chili seasoning spice mix



To Make the Chili

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 medium green bell peppers chopped
  • 2 small yellow onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 15 oz red kidney beans drained (1) 15 oz can
  • 15 oz black beans drained (1) 15 oz can
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup spice mix uses spice mix to taste, note for spice mix recipe
  • 30 oz tomato sauce 2 15 oz cans
  • 20 oz. diced tomatoes with green chilies (2) 10 oz cans
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T brown sugar

For Serving

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 2 avocados sliced
  • 1 cup sour cream optional


  1. In a large sauté pan add olive oil heat over med-high heat.
  2. Once hot add bell pepper and onions just softened.
  3. Add ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Brown, stirring occasionally until beef is no longer pink.
  4. Drain excess fat well.
  5. Transfer beef mixture into the slow cooker.
  6. Add beans, chili spice mix, brown sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with green chilies to beef mixture.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Cook covered for 7-8 hours on high or 4-5 hours on low. Put everything together before you leave for work and it will be perfect when you get home 9-10 hours later, cooked on low.
  9. Transfer to serving bowls and top with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, and diced red onion.
  10. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread.

Recipe Notes


Chili Seasoning Spice Mix

Serve with Cornbread or tortilla chips.


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