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Take your chili to the next level when you make this delicious Crock Pot Chipotle Chili Recipe. Lots of chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and more come together for a flavor packed dish your family will go crazy over.

Chipotle Chili in a slow cooker with a serving on a ladle
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Everyone loves chili around here so I’m always looking for new ways to make it. This chipotle chili in adobo sauce is so easy to make and so amazing with all of the chipotle flavor.

If you loved our Crock Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowl Recipe and our Crock Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos, you are going to absolutely love this new crock pot recipe.

Why We Love This Recipe:

This chili has a delicious smoky flavor and is made with simple ingredients. We eat chili a lot during the colder months and I love adding in chipotles for added flavor.

All of the seasonings come together for such an amazing meal. The flavor is really delicious.


Ingredients for Chipotle Chili - Ground Beef, Onion, Garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans, chipotle chiles peppers, beef broth, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper
  • Ground Beef
  • Onion  (I use frozen diced onions)
  • Minced Garlic
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Black Beans
  • Chipotle Chiles Peppers in adobo
  • Beef Broth
  • Chili Powder
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ground Cumin
  • Salt and Pepper

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom of the post to see the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Change Meat – Feel free to make this chili with ground turkey if you prefer. You can even do a combination of ground beef and ground turkey.
  • Beans – You can easily use different types of beans or add in more beans. We recommend white bean, red kidney beans or pinto beans.
  • Spices – We like adding in our own spices but you can also make Homemade Chili Seasoning or use a packet chili seasoning.

Step by Step Ingredients:

This recipe is so simple and anyone can make it!

  • Step 1 – First, just brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain the meat after cooking to remove excess grease.
Cooking ground beef in a skillet
  • Step 2 – Put the browned ground beef in the slow cooker.
Placing the ground beef in the slow cooker
  • Step 3 – Add in all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker in the chipotles in adobo.
Placing the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker
  • Step 4 – I like to cook this on low for several hours but you can certainly cook this on high if you prefer.
  • Step 5 – Stir to combine before serving and enjoy.

Recipe Tips:

  • Brown Ground Beef – We recommend browning the ground beef before adding to the slow cooker. If you have a Instant Pot Aura you can brown you beef right in the slow cooker.
  • Make Ahead – Chili is great to make ahead of time as we think it is even better the next day. One way we prepare to make this chili is by chopping the onions ahead of time to save time.
  • Combining Ingredients – All the ingredients cooks easily in the slow cooker. Just toss everything in the crockpot and heat. Stir throughout the cooking time for best results.
Chipotle Chili in a white bowl with a bite on a spoon

Chili Topping Ideas:

The chili is amazing alone but we love a good topping bar around here. We like to load our chili with all sorts of yummy toppings and the kids enjoy it too.

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado
  • Green Onion
  • Hot Sauce
  • Fresh Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Jalapeno Peppers
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Corn Chips
  • Tortilla Chips

Serving Suggestions:

Chili is a rich and hearty meal, so we really keep it simple and make this easy homemade cornbread.

You can also try Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe for a little extra kick. 

Chipotle Chili in a white bowl topped with shredded cheese, jalapenos

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The leftovers will last about 5 days.

Can I freeze Chili?

Yes, this chili freezes great. Once the chili has cooled to room temperature, place in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat:

When ready to serve, thaw the chili in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the microwave or stovetop. You can also put back in the crock pot to reheat.

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We love hearing from you. If you make this slow cooker chipotle chili recipe, please leave us a comment or a star review.

Crock Pot Chipotle Chili Recipe

4.92 from 12 votes
Take chili to the next level when you make Crock Pot Chipotle Chili Recipe. Lots of chipotle peppers, adobo sauce and more come together for a great meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Chilis, Main Course
Calories 439


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  • Brown the ground beef and drain the fat.
  • Place in a crock pot. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3.
  • Stir to combine and serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 439kcal, Carbohydrates 12g, Protein 29g, Fat 31g, Saturated Fat 12g, Cholesterol 107mg, Sodium 1257mg, Potassium 941mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 800IU, Vitamin C 18.5mg, Calcium 93mg, Iron 5.6mg

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  1. Dezirae Meekhof says:

    4 stars
    Kinda bland but I’d make again