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Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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).

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.

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2017

"The absolute worse chili I have ever tasted/made! Tasteless, looked like mush!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2017

"It was easy to throw together though it was more bland than what I have tasted. I, for one liked the beans."

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2017

"NO BEANS IN chili, especially Kidney Beans. IF I was going to use beans, a small amount of pintos, or small navy beans. but here in Texas, NO Beans in chili!"

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2017

"although I appreciate the poster posting this recipe I knew just simply from reading the ingredients I won't be making this. I have a recipe from a very very old cookbook that I use that seems to mesh all of the flavors I love in a chili > this one however is desperately lacking most of them-

sorry lackluster ingreds is just my opinion."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2017

"Bland as all get out! Want a good chili crock pot recipe? Go to crockpot chili - My Fearless Kitchen. It's a great recipe with LOTS of flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2017

"@delowenstein, you didn't even make the recipe, how can you even rate it and review it?? You basically made a spaghetti sauce with chili powder and some beans.

Anyway, this recipe isn't bad at all, I did thin it out towards the end because it was a bit too thick for my taste, and added a little more chili powder and garlic at the end. Over all, pretty darn good!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2017

"It's a basic slow cooked chili recipe but it needs to be kicked up a few notches. Very bland as written. Needs at least some cumin, a pinch of oregano. But it's easy to adjust to taste."

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."

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