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Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

I love that I can put the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it for a few hours. If you like your chili thick, you'll enjoy this version.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 to 3 hot chili peppers of your choice
  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 4 cups tomato juice


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Remove seeds from the chili peppers if desired; chop peppers. Add to the slow cooker. Stir in the beans, tomato paste, onion, green pepper, seasonings and 2 cups tomato juice.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until heated through, adding more tomato juice if needed to achieve desired thickness. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 272 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 409mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein .

Reviews for Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili

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Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

"I love this chili! I like mine with more spice so I add another jalapeno but besides that this recipe is perfect!"

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2013

"Wow! Rave reviews were coming from all, even grandma loves it!. The cinnamon didn't make sense (and the smell was overpowering) so I have omitted it in subsequent dishes, and I added 3/4 of a jar of Mezzeta pepperoncinis chopped, and 3/4 of the juice as well. It really kicked up the heat. This is going to be a staple recipe in my house."

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"I'm making this right now, but added more chili powder. In my opinion, 2 teaspoons of chili powder does not constitute chili."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2013

"Very good."

Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Great recipe. Family loves it!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"My family loves this. I have small children so I use Banana peppers. It is just the right amount of spice to make everyone happy. I also add a pinch more chili powder than it calls for. All in all this is one of the best chili recipes I have come across."

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