Slow Cooker Chili

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 min + 6-8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


Slow cooker chili packed full of flavor



  • 2 lbs ground sirloin (lean beef)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cans (8oz) of the hot hatch chilis, or fresh hatch chiles if in season
  • [Optional: 1 habanero or jalapeño pepper minced if you like your chili extra spicy]
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 128oz can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 128ox can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 dried chipotle peppers, minced
  • 3 tbsp water or beef broth
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp dark chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • Freshly ground black pepper & salt, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Garnish: Mexican shredded cheese, cilantro, fresh jalapeños
  • Serve with bread, tortilla chips, crackers, your choice!


  1. -Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onion, hatch chilis, and optional jalapeño and sauté 5 minutes, add garlic sauté 1 minute longer. Add to slow cooker.
  2. -Still over medium-high heat, add beef to skillet and cook until beef is browned. Drain most of fat from beef, leaving some liquid for flavor (about 1 tbsp). Add beef into crockpot
  3. -Add fire roasted tomatoes, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, dried chipotles, and salt/pepper to taste. Stir mixture, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 – 6 hours. You can taste and add more spices if desired (I usually add more dark chili powder).
  4. When theres 10 min left stir in beans to heat through. Garnish with cheese, cilantro and fresh jalapeño slices.

  • Category: Slow Cooker

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