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," relates Sue Call of Beech Grove, Indiana. "It's so good to come home to after a long day away."
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, 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:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean meat 1 vegetabl


  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. Garnish individual servings with cheese if desired. 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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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!

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2015

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

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."

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!"

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."

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