Crockpot chili is the best chili ever! It slow cooks all day for an amazing flavor that everyone will be sure to love. It will be your go-to recipe for an easy chili recipe. It’s perfect to warm up to on a cold winter’s day. It gets its amazing flavor from the spices including chili powder, garlic salt, cumin and oregano. We love topping it with sour cream and cheese or layering it on top of corn chips for a fun twist. You’ll see us enjoying this all winter long!
This Crockpot Chili is cooked all day long for an amazing flavor! It’s my go-to recipe for Slow Cooker Chili and everyone loves it. You’ve got to try it today. Plus, it almost makes the cold weather enjoyable! ?
I love that it’s a mostly “dump and go” recipe that can cook all day long, just like this Crockpot Italian Chicken.
Simply brown the hamburger, mix everything together in the crockpot and then let it simmer to develop the flavors. If getting it ready in the morning stresses you out a short cut is to prep everything the night before. Then just pull it out of the fridge and pop it in your slow cooker!
Is chili better in slow cooker?
We believe it is! The longer you chili cooks the more the flavors meld together. That’s why slow cooking it all day long results in the best, most flavorful chili!
Chili Recipe Crock Pot Ingredients
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- Canned diced tomatoes
- Tomato sauce
- Chili beans
- Chili powder
- Garlic salt
What is the secret ingredient to good chili?
It’s the mixture of spices that gives it all the flavor! We think the secret one is ground cumin. The perfect addition to every chili.
Toppings for Crock Pot Chili
Here are a few of our favorite chili toppings!
- Shredded Cheese
- Chopped onions
- Diced tomatoes
- Chopped avocados
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Sour Cream
How to Make Crockpot Chili
- Brown Hamburger – In a skillet brown the ground beef and drain.
- Combine Ingredients – Combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, stir to combine. Cover and cook on low all day, 8-10 hours.
- Eat – Garnish with your favorite toppings!
Should I drain ground beef chili?
The only thing you will need to drain is the grease off the ground beef when you prepare it before adding it to the Crockpot.
Can you put raw ground beef in slow cooker?
Yes, you can. We recommend cooking it on high so the internal temperature comes up to 140 degrees F within 2 hours, which is a safe temperature.
How to make it on the Stove Top
The first step to making easy chili on your stove top is to brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat then drain the grease.
After that mix together the rest of the ingredients into a large pot along with the hamburger. Simmer this over low heat for at least one hour, stirring occasionally.
How long should you cook chili?
Chili only needs about 30 minutes to simmer on the stove top, but we like to let it simmer longer than that to develop the flavors!
Ways to Serve Easy Crockpot Chili
There are a lot of options on how to serve chili. These are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy it.
- Over a bad of spaghetti noodles
- On a hot dog
- In a bread bowl
- On top of a baked potato
- On a biscuit
- In a bag of Fritos, walking chili anyone?
- On a bed of rice
- On top of nachos
Crockpot Chili Recipe FAQ
Yes, you can cook hamburger in the crockpot, but it takes about 2-3 hours on high. Since we want the chili to cook 8-10 hours it would add significant time to your total cooking time so we prepare it in a skillet on the stove top.
The best way to tone down a chili that is to spicy is to add more beans or tomatoes. You can also add dairy to it when you are eating it like topping it with cheese or sour cream!
It is possible to overcook your chili in the slow cooker. It will become a pile of mush, or the water will evaporate off and it will burn. We recommend only cooking it 8-10 hours on the lowest setting.
We like to make things easy so we chose to use canned chili beans because there are spices mixed into the beans. If you’d rather mix in more of your own spices another great option is kidney beans.
Chili in Crock Pot Storage and Freezing
Let the chili come to room temperature and then place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
To further extend the life of chili it is freezer friendly. Freeze any leftovers in a freezer friendly container or heavy duty freezer bags for up to 6 months.
WOW I’m glad I tried this Crockpot Chili again. It’s simply amazing. It will quickly become your family’s go-to recipe for chili! The secret….cumin.
Curl up in front of your fireplace with a big bowl of this Famous Chili and warm up!
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- 3 pounds ground beef
- 2 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz each)
- 1 medium onion diced
- 30 oz can tomato sauce
- 15.5 oz can chili beans
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 4 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat sauté ground beef and onion until it's cooked through. Drain off any excess grease.
- Transfer ground beef and onions to a 6 quart slow cooker. Add the rest of ingredients and stir to combine.
- Cook on high 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours.
- Top with sour cream and cheese if desired.
After a hour add chili powder, garlic salt, cumin and oregano. Simmer for an additional 2 hours. Top with sour cream and cheese if desired.