By Marylou W. Wilhoit

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Foodies Guide – Slow Cooker Beef Chili

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This simple slow cooker beef chilli is loaded with flavor and perfect for dinner and game day! You’ll love this hearty Chili recipe, it’s guaranteed to be a family favorite!

Chili Single Slow Cooker

You are always asking for simple slow cooker recipes and today we have the best slow cooker beef chili recipe for you. It’s so simple, the slow cooker basically makes dinner for you. You can’t beat that! Slow cooker dinner for victory! This is the best set and forget about the chili recipe.

This is the perfect recipe for busy weekdays, you can put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and dinner is waiting for you when you get home. Josh makes this chili all the time when it’s cold outside. Chilli is always a good idea in autumn and winter, it is hearty, soothing and warms you up!

How to make slow cooker beef chilli

We love slow cooker recipes because they are basically made by yourself. There are only a few steps to prepare this hearty and delicious chili! This will be your GO to Chili Recipe!

First fry the beef with onion and garlic. I know that browning the meat takes a little longer, but it really makes a difference when you make Slow cooker Chili. If you do not brown the meat, the meat will clump together and add a lot of fat to the finished chili. So take a few minutes to brown the beef and be sure to drain the excess fat. Pro tip – do not pour fat down the drain. Pour it into an old container and let it cool, then throw it in the trash.

If you have a slow cooker with stir-fry function, you can brown the meat in the slow cooker. We love this one.
After the beef is browned and drained, you can add all the ingredients to the slow cooker. Be sure to use a size of 6 pints or more.

For this Chili recipe, we like to use fire roasted tomatoes and ordinary diced tomatoes. Fire-roasted tomatoes add great flavor.

We use dark red beans and small red beans, but feel free to use all red beans, or you can even use black beans or Pinto beans.

The key to good Chili is that you have enough spices, especially chili powder and cumin. You can use 2-3 tablespoons of chili powder, we always use three. If you are not sure, start with two and try when the chili is ready. You can always add more at the end.

Josh likes to add pure maple syrup to chili. It does not make the chilli super sweet, but helps balance the acidity in the tomatoes. You can also use brown sugar.

You can cook hot pepper low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Be sure to place the lid on the slow cooker while cooking. Slow cooking is the perfect way to cook chilli because all the flavors come together while the chilli is slowly cooking in the slow cooker.

When the hot pepper is ready to cook, give it a good mix and taste. Add more salt and spices if necessary. Josh also likes to incorporate tame Jalapeño slices. They are not super spicy, but add a nice flavor.