Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

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In a cozy little house nestled at the end of a quiet street, the delicious aroma of homemade chili often filled the air. This was the house of the Thompsons, a family known for their warm hospitality and mouthwatering recipes. Among their culinary creations, their Slow Cooker Chili stood out as a true family favorite – a delightful combination of tender beef, aromatic spices, and a medley of beans that brought comfort to every soul fortunate enough to taste it. Today, we’re excited to share the Thompson family’s cherished Slow Cooker Chili recipe with you, so you too can experience the heartwarming flavors that have been passed down through generations.

The Magic in the Ingredients

At the heart of this delicious Slow Cooker Chili is the love and care that goes into selecting the finest ingredients. The Thompsons believe in using only the best, and that starts with 2 pounds of lean ground beef. Opt for the 90/10 or 93/7 variety, ensuring a perfect balance of meatiness and juiciness in every bite.

A Dash of Family History

Before we delve into the cooking process, let’s take a moment to appreciate the rich history behind this cherished recipe. The roots of the Slow Cooker Chili trace back to Mrs. Thompson’s great-grandmother, who, on chilly winter nights, would gather the family around a crackling fireplace and serve this comforting chili. As the aroma filled the room, laughter and stories flowed freely, creating cherished memories that have endured through time. Now, generations later, the Thompsons carry on this tradition, bringing warmth and joy to their own household.

A Symphony of Flavors

Back to the kitchen, where a large skillet sizzles on the stove – the starting point of this culinary symphony. The ground beef gently releases its fat, perfuming the air with a tantalizing fragrance. The house fills with anticipation as diced onions join the party, adding their natural sweetness to the mix. Soon, minced garlic and an array of aromatic spices – cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and dried oregano – weave their way into the skillet, dancing gracefully with the beef and onions.

A Labor of Love in the Slow Cooker

Once the flavors are thoroughly mingled, the symphony moves to a different stage – a spacious 6 Qt slow cooker, where the chili’s true magic happens. With each ingredient added, the story of this chili unfolds. The black beans, soaked in family traditions, complement the kidney beans, signifying unity and togetherness. Diced tomatoes, with their crimson hue, symbolize the love that the Thompsons pour into their meals. And the green chilis, with a hint of spiciness, represent the family’s zest for life.

The Final Act of Patience

As the chili simmers away, the house becomes a symphony of tantalizing scents. It’s as if the walls are embracing the chili, absorbing its essence, and becoming part of the Thompson family’s cherished story. The slow cooker works its magic, blending the flavors and allowing them to harmonize into a mouthwatering melody that will linger on taste buds for days to come.

Savor the Moment

After hours of anticipation, it’s finally time to lift the lid and savor the fruits of patience and love. The Slow Cooker Chili is now a masterpiece, a reflection of the Thompsons’ rich history and culinary prowess. Each spoonful warms the soul, just like those treasured moments spent in the Thompson family’s cozy home.

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Experience heartwarming bliss with our Slow Cooker Chili – a symphony of tender beef, aromatic spices, and harmonious beans, crafted with love by the Johnson family.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 10 people


  • 2 lb lean Ground Beef, (90/10 or 93/7)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz kidney beans, two 15oz cans, drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz diced tomatoes, with their juice
  • 10 oz diced tomatoes and green chilis, with their juice
  • 30 oz tomato sauce


  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté beef until it releases fat (4-5 minutes), breaking it up with a spatula.
  2. Add onion to the skillet and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and seasonings: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Cook another 30 seconds stirring constantly. Transfer to a 6 Qt slow cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients into the slow cooker: rinsed and drained beans, diced tomatoes with their juice, diced tomatoes and green chilis with juice and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Season to taste if desired and serve warm.

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In a world that rushes by, the Thompsons remind us of the joy of taking things slow, of savoring every moment, and of the deep connections forged through food and stories. The Slow Cooker Chili is more than just a recipe; it’s a symbol of love, family, and tradition.

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