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The Best Crock Pot Chili Recipe

The very first thing you should make with your crock pot.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Crock Pot
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 Crock Pot
  • 1 Non-stick Skillet or Frying Pan


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium¬†yellow onion, diced
  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced or fresh from your garden
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can tomato sauce


  • Saute aromatics, add to crock pot.¬†
    Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
    Add onion and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet or frying pan.
    Break it apart with a wooden spoon.
    Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    Stir until well combined.
  • Drain all contents of the skillet/pan into your crock pot.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce.
    Stir well.
  • Set your crock pot on low to medium heat for 2-3 hours, stirring hourly.
  • 15 minutes before serving, turn up your heat to medium.
  • Serve and enjoy.
Keyword chili, crockpot, slowcook