close up photo of a bowl of beef chili topped with jalapenos, cilantro, and cheddar cheese

Slow Cooker Beef 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
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Slow Cooker


This slow cooker beef chili is made with fire roasted tomatoes, smokey spices, delicious aromatics, and packs a punch. The perfect comfort food! 



  • 2 lbs ground sirloin (lean beef) or ground chuck
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cans (8oz) of the hot hatch chilis, or fresh hatch chiles if in season
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 128oz can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 128ox can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped [see note]
  • 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, diced avocado
  • Serve with bread, tortilla chips, crackers, your choice!


  1. In a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and brown the ground beef until no longer pink. About 8 minutes. Remove from heat, reserve 2 tbsp of juices and drain the rest of the liquid. Add the beef and 2 tbsp of liquid into the slow cooker.
  2. Lower the heat to medium, in the same skillet, add 1 tbsp of olive oil and the onions. Sauté for 3-4 minutes until they begin to turn translucent. Add in the minced garlic and sauté an additional minute. Remove from heat and add into the slow cooker.
  3. In the slow cooker add: fire roasted tomatoes, chipotle peppers, dark chili powder, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, and salt/pepper to taste. Stir chili, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. 
  4. In the last 30 minutes, stir the chili and give it a taste. Adjust the seasoning if necessary. Stir in the beans to heat through.
  5. When ready to serve, garnish with your favorite toppings.


  • If you don’t like spicy, use 1 chipotle pepper in adobo instead of 3
  • Store leftovers separate from garnish’s
  • Reheat in the microwave

Keywords: chili, slow cooker chili, crockpot chili, beef chili