Slow Cooker Beef Chili

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Slow Cooker Beef Chili
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The best slow cooker beef chili recipe doesn’t get any easier than this. Tender beef cubes are pan-seared until crispy golden then slow-cooked for hours in a luscious mixture of onion, garlic, beans, green chili, and spices. It’s thick, beefy, tomato-y, spicy, a little smoky, and so delicious. Try this crockpot beef chili on a chilly night, you’ll love how it is comforting. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the slow cooker beef chili recipe

Chili seasoning

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How to make slow cooker chili

The recipe for slow cooker chili is super easy and the slow cooker does all the hard work!

First, brown the diced beef and onion in a skillet, then we add all the ingredients to the slow cooker: beans, tomato, green chili peppers, garlic, ginger, and beef broth.

Season the chili generously with cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder.

Finally, set the slow cooker to 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

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Tips for the slow cooker beef chili recipe

  • If you don’t like kidney beans or black beans, you can also substitute in pinto beans or white beans.
  • Add a handful of Jalapeño slices in the mix for a kick of spice. We also love to add a tablespoon of Sriracha (or any other hot sauce) to the chili to make it more flavorful.
  • If chunky beef is not your thing, make this slow cooker chili with lean ground beef instead of top sirloin.
  • If you have more time, make this slow cooker chili ahead of time: Slow cook your chili the day before, as per the recipe, then put it in the fridge overnight, and warm the beef chili up in the slow cooker to serve the next day. The flavors will meld even more and the meat gets very tender.
  • Add a dash of soy sauce to the chili for a hint of umami flavors! Other “secret ingredients” for chili include lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, honey and sherry, and even beer!

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1. To make the slow cooker beef chili: Season beef cubes with salt, and pepper. Brown the seasoned beef cubes in a skillet over med-high heat. No need to cook the beef through, we are just adding color here. Remove to a plate.

2. Add onion to the skillet and cook until tender and set aside.

3. In the slow cooker, add black beans and kidney beans, tomato, green chile, minced garlic, ginger, onion, and beef. Sprinkle with ground cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Add the beef broth.

4. Give a good stir to combine the ingredients and set to high for hours or low for 6 hours.

5. Taste the slow cooker beef chili and adjust seasonings if needed. Turn off heat and allow chili to rest 5 minutes before serving with lemon slices and fresh cilantro. Enjoy! ❤️🥘

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Topping ideas for the beef chili

Great topping ideas for this beef chili are sour cream, your favorite shredded cheeses, pico de Gallo, cilantro, jalapenos, and sliced avocado.

What to do with slow cooker beef chili leftovers

You can keep the beef chili for 2 days in your refrigerator. Reheat on the stove or in the slow cooker.

Is chili better in a slow cooker?

While classic chili is not necessarily a lengthy recipe to prepare (count about 1 hour), cooking chili in a slow cooker usually makes it thicker and more flavorful because the ingredients will meld together and infuse with the spices.

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