Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

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This hearty chili can cook for up to 10 hours on low in the slow cooker. It's so good to come home to its wonderful aroma after a long day away. —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and thinly sliced green onions, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without cheese): 260 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 476mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the next nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. If desired, top individual servings with cheese and green onions. Yield: 10 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Chili in Taste of Home October/November 1996, p45

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delowenstein User ID: 3766053 244742
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"Adjustments made: 1 can (15-oz.) diced Italian tomatoes, undrained, 2 celery ribs, diced, 1 medium onion, chopped, 4-oz. can undrained mushrooms, drained, scaled down to 1 lb. ground turkey in place of beef. Used 1can kidney beans, rinsed and drained. Scaled down to 1 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1 green pepper, chopped and 2 crushed garlic cloves,

1-1/2 cups Marinara sauce since I did not have tomato sauce on hand.
I used a 6-qt. saucepan since I don't have a slow-cooker! I simmered the chili for 1 hour, covered, on stovetop! This dish was very tasty!

kdfromm User ID: 8406252 238864
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

"Very hearty, but not much flavor at all- I have to agree with a few others....."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 41618
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Delicious basic chili recipe. Sometimes I swap out one can of kidney beans for pinto or black beans, if you want more kick to it substitute a can of diced tomatoes with chilies or jalapenoes for one of the cans of diced tomatoes."

sugarpie68 User ID: 1146476 13992
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I've been making this chili for years and it's the best chili recipe I've tried! My family loves it!"

LLeman User ID: 7398432 12643
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"I made this recipe as written and it was really good. Next time I will add another can of beans because it is very meaty. I will probably also add another can of tomato sauce because it was very thick. Overall it was great! Really easy to throw together in the morning and when I got home it was piping hot and ready to eat."

HarvMech User ID: 7330316 23888
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"Great flavor."

Tingzen User ID: 540560 37831
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"With a 4.5 star rating, I expected a decent chili. It doesn't taste bad, and it smells WONDERFUL while it's cooking... but it is so bland we couldn't eat it. We didn't want heat, we just wanted flavor. We wanted chili. I made it for the Superbowl since it made a large quantity, the whole gang agreed it has no flavor. I ended up salvaging it with more salt, cumin and two envelopes of chili seasoning. I will have to keep looking for a crockpot chili recipe that measures up to our expectations."

Dreamluv User ID: 2396957 31324
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"I finally have my recipe for chili and my family loves it.. This recipe is the best i have found.."

tdelsant User ID: 6257071 13350
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2011

"This is a very very delicious recipe!! I served the chili in a bread bowl and it was a huge hit!"

HMRintelman User ID: 3601621 31969
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"This was very good. I did add a can of tomato soup, wanted to add tomato juice but this was all I had. I like my chili a bit runnier, it was almost a paste without. The flavors were really good though I had to spice it up with more chili powder because I like it that way."

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