Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by Ellen Christian
I love this easy chili in the crock pot! Try my slow cooker chili recipe and see why it’s one of my favorite slow cooker bean chili recipes.
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Did you know that the heat from chili peppers helps combat nasal congestion and even has antibacterial properties? I kid you not. Somehow after my recent trip to San Francisco, I managed to come down with an awful cold and the congestion is driving me crazy.
When that happens, nothing works better than a huge bowl of my family favorite easy chili in the crock pot.
Easy Chili in the Crock Pot
There are some days that I just do not have time to make dinner at dinner time. I’ll be honest, there are days I send my husband out for pizza for him and the kids.
I try not to because I know it’s not the healthiest choice, but it happens. I try to have healthy alternatives on hand and when I plan ahead, I can get something in the crock pot.
Chili in the crock pot is one of my favorites because it’s gluten fee and everyone enjoys it.
Do you brown meat before crock pot chili?
Yes, you will need to turn on your slow cooker and brown the meat before you add the rest of the ingredients. use the sautee function if you have one.
Otherwise, just turn it to high and cook the ground beef until it is no longer pink inside.
How long can you leave chili in the crockpot on low?
To cook this on low, you can leave it for 8 hours. I often do this when I have to work during the day. My husband can easily switch it on when he gets up. And, it is ready for dinner.
What should I serve with chili?
The guys have their chili with a roll or bread. Sarah enjoys her chili on rice. I enjoy mine plain – even though I know beans aren’t Paleo. It’s a nice treat every now and then and it’s a sure-fire cure for my sinus congestion.
You can easily serve this easy chili in the crock pot as is since it’s a complete meal on its own. Or, you can add in a side salad if you want more vegetables.
Tips for making crockpot chili
To get the flavors really mixed up well, I saute the ground beef and vegetables in olive oil before I toss it in the crock pot. If you are pressed for time, you can skip this step. But, it really does help and it tastes amazing!
These crockpot liners make cleanup so much easier. They are also BPA-free and made in the USA. That’s so important when using liners.
How do I store leftovers?
If you have leftovers after dinner, simply place them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. You should use them up within 3 to 5 days.
If you want them to stay longer than 3 to 5 days, you can freeze them in a freezer container. This easy crock pot chili will stay good for up to three months when frozen.
To use it, defrost it in the refrigerator overnight. Then, heat it slowly in a pan on the stove. Or, microwave it until it’s warm.
For more easy dinner ideas like this easy chili in the crock pot, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:
- Homemade pizza by Life with Lisa
- Grilled cheese that’ll make the ghosts appear by Champagne Living
- Quick and easy dinner for Halloween by Controlled Confusion
More chili recipes
- Easy Instant Pot Chili
- Chili Dog Recipe
- Steak and Black Bean Chili
- Instant Pot Chicken Chili
- White Chicken Chili
- Hunting Cabin Chili
- Mexican Chicken Chili (Weight Watchers)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
- 1 yellow onion, chopped finely
- 1 green pepper chopped finely
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 2 pounds of ground beef
- 3 10 ounce jars of salsa (however hot you like it)
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 can of red kidney beans
- 1 small can of green chilis, drained
- If you want to, saute the ground beef, pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and onion in oil. Then put into the crock pot. Otherwise just put it all in the crock pot except the chilis.
- Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 8-10.
- Add the chilis 30 minutes before it's done.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 644Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 1303mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 10gSugar: 8gProtein: 50g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.