This easy crock pot chili recipe is easy to throw together and the slow cooker does all the hard work! There is nothing better than delicious chili in the Fall and Winter months.

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Crockpot chili recipe:

Chili is something my family looks forward to and this classic slow cooker chili recipe is exactly what they want. Since we make it with half ground turkey and my frozen beans, it is actually quite healthy!

If you are trying to reduce your saturated fat, this recipe is great made with ground turkey or ground chicken. You are going to love this easy slow cooker chili.  It is so simple to make.  Just dump it all in, and come home to dinner smelling delicious.

Now that I brown my ground beef or turkey before I freeze it, making it in the crockpot is a breeze. I know your family is going to love it too. This really is a great recipe.

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A Great Crock Pot is a must!

I use my crock pot a ton.  Probably 3-4 times a week at a minimum.  So trust me when I say that I have tried a ton of different crock pots.

My all time favorite slow cooker so far is the Aura Pro cooker.  My family uses this one frequently because you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker for recipes that need that, like this one!

This slow cooker is perfect for this recipe because you can brown the ground beef or turkey in the ninja cooker and then throw all the other ingredients in and simply change it over to the slow cooking feature.  It’s a complete game changer!

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Game Day Chili!

When I have people over for the big game, this is my go-to chili recipe. Everyone loves this recipe and always comes back for more. My favorite thing to do is have a chili bar. I make several pots of chili and have my guest bring over their favorite topping.

The kids love it and the adults do too! Everyone tries different toppings and really brings everyone together and that is my favorite part.

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Ingredients for easy crockpot chili:

  • Ground beef – You can use ground turkey or ground chicken
  • Diced tomatoes – Crushed tomatoes work great or you can use a can of each.
  • Tomato sauce
  • Chili seasoning – Try making your own. We love using my homemade chili seasoning
  • Garlic salt
  • Onion – chopped
  • Kidney beans – I use mine from the freezer as I love making my own “canned” beans. If you do not use canned beans, you will need to add some salt to your recipe as well.
  • Shredded cheese or Sour Cream to serve

How to make crock pot chili

  • This recipe is easy to make.  I love slow cooking because it requires little prep work and the crock pot does all the hard work!  Woohoo!
  • First you need to brown your beef or turkey in a large skillet over medium heat. Since I brown mine before I freeze it I just tossed the beef mixture in the crockpot frozen.
  • Next toss everything on top in the crockpot (except for the cheese and sour cream).
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How to make chili in a crockpot

  • After you brown the ground beef, all you have to do is dump everything in the slow cooker. I cook this easy chili recipe on low for 6-8 hours or cook high for 3-4 hours.
  • This chili recipe is pretty thick as I love a thick chili in the winter time.  Once it has cooked, if you would like it to be thinner, I recommend adding 1 cup of beef broth to the crock pot for approximately 30 minutes. 
  • Stir occasionally until the chili is the consistency that you would prefer.

After this cooking time, top this chili with cheese, sour cream, and even some chopped green onion.  Yummy!

Can I make this chili in the Instant Pot?

Yes you can! We love using out instant pot any chance we can. It has been a game changer for my family. You can easily brown your meat, saute your onions and vegetables and then add the rest of your ingredients.

Cover and set your pressure to about 20 minutes. Once it is done cooking set your pressure to release naturally before opening the lid.

Your chili is done quick and everyone has a warm bowl of chili to end their day.

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Can you make your own chili seasoning mixture?

The short answer on this one is YES, definitely!  I love making my own chili seasoning mixture.  It not only saves money but I love knowing exactly what’s in my food.

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Do you need to drain canned beans for this chili recipe?

For this recipe, I generally do not drain the kidney beans that are used in this easy crock pot chili as I find that it does not change the recipe or flavor if they are drained or not.

However, if you are going to use black beans instead of kidney beans (which would taste great too), I recommend that you drain and rinse the black beans prior to adding them to your slow cooker.

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How to freeze Crock Pot Chili

We love to freeze chili. It freezes great and reheats really well. We think it actually taste better the next day.

I like to freeze small batches for quick lunches or for the kids to grab for an after school dinner. Chili is the perfect meal to make a double batch so you can freeze for dinner the next week.

Check out Can You Freeze Chili for more tips and tricks.

Ways to use leftover Chili:

There are so many different ways to use leftover chili. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Top a Bake Potato
  • Chili Mac and Cheese
  • Chili Cheese Fries
  • A frito Chili Cheese Wrap
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Sides to go with Chili:

I love serving this easy crockpot recipe with some homemade cornbread.  Here are a few delicious side dish options that you can choose from.

Did you know that I also make my own homemade cornbread mix to make preparing cornbread even easier?  I love having these cornbread mixes on hand so I can whip up some delicious cornbread in no time at all!

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Tip for the best Chili:

  • We like to saute onions prior to putting them in the crock pot. But it isn’t necessary. You can also add in the spices to really enhance the flavors.
  • Cooking the chili on low in the crock pot helps the flavors to blend well together.
  • You can cook this chili on the stove top as well. We cook it on low and if the sauce gets to thick, we add in a little water.
  • Have you tried adding in some pepperoncini juice? It adds really good flavor and can be your secret ingredient.
  • Adding in a chili more chili powder or slice jalapenos really adds an additional kick to the chili.
  • Add in Bell Peppers or Red Peppers for some textures. The peppers are healthy and the kids won’t know they are eating them.
  • I usually have a variety of beans in my pantry. So I tend to mix and match the beans and use what I have.

How to add in vegetables:

One of my favorite things about crock pot recipes is that they can easily be alter to fit the needs of your family and this best crockpot chili recipe winner for dinner is no different!

If you like spicy chili, I would recommend adding approximately ¼ cup of green chilis to this recipe or you can add your favorite hot sauce to add a delicious kick to this already easy and yummy recipe.

If you are needing more vegetables for your family and you, adding them to this easy crock pot chili is easy and simple.  I have often added green peppers or carrots if I have them on hand to add even more nutrients to this already healthy recipe.

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The Best Chili Toppings

Chili is delicious but the chili toppings is what really makes chili go from good to delicious! Here are a few of the best chili toppings.

  • Sour Cream
  • Cheddar cheese (or any kind of shredded cheese. Pepper Jack is delicious too)
  • Saltines or Ritz Crackers
  • Fritos or any kind of chips – Some like to use tortilla chips or Doritos
  • Diced onion – Green onion or red onion is a personal favorite
  • Hot Sauce – a quick splash will spice it up.
  • Cornbread – crumbling cornbread on top of a hot bowl of chili is also delicious.
  • Lime Juice – My friend loves topping her chili with this.
  • Check out What to Serve with Chili for more ideas.
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Crockpot Chili

4.92 from 124 votes
Quick and easy Crockpot Chili Recipe – Try this easy slow cooker chili recipe that the entire family will love. Easy Crock pot recipes.
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 555
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 28 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 2 cans kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • Brown the ground beef and drain off any excess grease. Put the browned meat in the crock pot.
  • Toss everything else in the crock pot and stir together (except for the cheese and sour cream).
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve with topped with cheese, sour cream, and even more chopped onions if you would like.

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 555kcal, Carbohydrates 13g, Protein 34g, Fat 41g, Saturated Fat 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 16g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 137mg, Sodium 1096mg, Potassium 1027mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 8g, Vitamin A 2994IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 232mg, Iron 6mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey !!! Luv luv luv the crockpot recipes. I’ve cooked several of your crockpot recipes so far and they are all great!!! Do you happen to have a recipe for a good red gravy maybe a creole or Cajun style? Something to pure over my rice ?? Thanks again for sharing your great recipes with us !! Delicious and easy to prepare!! What else could you ask for? Awesome!!

  2. 4 stars
    I didn’t have enough chili powder, so I substituted a packet of taco seasoning, which is essentially the same thing and easier than mixing up fresh chili powder. Still yummy. I also added a can of black beans and a big can of tomato sauce to take on the extra beans.

  3. Looking forward to making this recipe Is your Chili seasoning chili powder or a mix? I looked for it but can’t find it.
    Will comment again after I try it. Thanks

  4. This looks really good and I’ll be trying it, but where is the chili seasoning recipe you said, “to follow”? Or is it just chili powder?

  5. could you cook the beef then add all the other ingredients to a freezer bag with cooked beef and freeze for later?

  6. This is my second time making this chili. It is probably the best chili I have ever made so far. Instead of adding a 1/2 C. of onions I just chopped up a medium size onion and cooked it with my ground chuck. The recipe didn’t say to drain the meat or not before adding it to the crockpot, but I drained mine. Those are the only things I changed, and it turned out yummy! Thanks for a great recipe.

  7. Yes, I would add a cup of beef broth or water and cook it on high pressure for 15-20 minutes with a quick release. Thank you!

  8. This Chili was awesome!!! My husband even complimented me on it and he normally doesn’t care for chili!!!
    Going to be my “ go to” chili recipe from now on!!
    Thank you!!!

  9. 5 stars
    Best Chili recipe ever!! My husband even complimented me on it and he doesn’t care for chili normally!!
    This is now my GO TO chili recipe !!
    Thank you!!!

  10. 5 stars
    This is a great chili recipe and I cooked a cup of elbow macaroni and added it 30 minutes before the end and it makes a fabulous chili mac! My grandchildren could not get enough and either could their parents!

  11. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! It is a easy cook once…eat multiple times. We make it into all kinds of meals! Chili, chili dogs, frito chili pie, baked potatoes w/ chili! See…cook once…many meal options!!

  12. 5 stars
    I think this recipe is perfect for a cold day in Winter. I don’t eat beef or pork so I substituted ground turkey. I love how Carrie provided a recipe to make your own chili seasoning. The ground turkey and onions go well together providing more seasoning to the meat. The onions have a subtle sweet taste. Crook pot chili is as easy as pie! It doesn’t take long at all. With in a hour you can have chili.

  13. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! There’s nothing better than chili to warm you up on a cold winter day! The cornbread is a great compliment to this chili recipe. Thanks for posting. ?

  14. There’s a lot of chili recipes out there but my family LOVES this one ( I puree the beans because I have THOSE kids! ??)

  15. 5 stars
    There’s a lot of chili recipes out there but my family LOVES this one ( I puree the beans because I have THOSE kids! )

  16. 5 stars
    Chili came out pretty good , I added acopule things to it cause I like it spicy, I have made it 3 or 4 times now ?

  17. 5 stars
    Easy Peasy! And very tasty. I used her chili seasoning recipe, too and it was perfect. The whole family loved it so it will be in my winter rotation from now on!

  18. This was the easiest chili recipe ever & delicious!! Next time time will double & freeze, it was gone in aflash. This is our go to chili recipe from now on. Thanks

  19. 5 stars
    Love the Crock-Pot recipes. I did tweak it a bit. I added a lb of pork sausage. Like the sage flavor. After meat was slightly browned, fried the onion.
    Only put in one can of tomatoes. The tomato sauce was a can of plain spaghetti sauce and I add a small can of sloppy joe sauce. ( But not manwich) don’t care it. Add some chunky salsa(mild).
    Besides the cheese and sour cream for toppings I like to throw on a tablespoon of guacamole.

  20. 5 stars
    So easy to make! I was hoping for leftovers for myself the next day… nope! Everyone devoured it in one sitting!! I will definitely be making this again soon!

  21. 5 stars
    So easy but so do good!!!
    The whole family ate it and it couldn’t have been better!!
    Definitely keeping this in the rotation!

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious….hits the spot on a cold wintery night

  23. 5 stars
    This is a great recipe for a busy days. A hearted meal without slaving over a hot stove. I love my slow cooker.

  24. 5 stars
    Just tired this for a warm meal for the day after Christmas and I LOVE IT!! So perfect and amazing!

  25. 5 stars
    Chili is definitely a house favorite!!! This is the best recipe! So easy and flavorful!!! We love it!! Cornbread on the side!!! Yum

  26. 5 stars
    I’m a 71 year old senior man and I saw your recipe for sloppy Joe’s. I’m handicapped retired and my wife works full time. She has made Sloppy Joe’s in the past with man witch , not my favorite but when your hungry and the kids liked it. We have a Ninja crockpot so after reading your simple recipe I said to myself I’m gonna try it. All I can say is THANK YOU, my wife was surprised I had made dinner so she didn’t have to cook. The reward was she loved it and she hates change. I honestly have to say it was the best Sloppy Joe’s I’ve ever had and between the two of us there was nothing left.
    I went to the grocery store yesterday and got all of the stuff to make chili from your recipe and can’t wait to try it. Again thank you for posting these recipes, I also saw some recipes for soup and I’m definitely going to try some of those. Please keep the recipes coming, it gives this old man something to look forward to.

  27. 5 stars
    The recipe (or my version of it) turned out great!! How do I save this as a readable (not so crazy with pictures and text) recipe? Thank you!

  28. Planning on making this Sunday! Do I use a regular white onion or green onion? Or just use the green onion on top as extra