Slow Cooker Chili

An easy recipe for thick and hearty Slow Cooker Chili. Perfect for a “chili” day served with a loaf of fresh bread!


I love a good bowl of chili! Here in Buffalo the temperature is only in the 40’s! Yes my friends fall is in the air! If you’re looking to find some fall weather, then Buffalo is the place to be. It’s refreshing and come February 40’s feel like a heat wave! A warm bowl of soup or chili is one of my favorite things to curl up with on chilly days like this!

Earlier I shared my easy recipe for Big Batch Homemade Chili Seasoning. I absolutely love having this on hand along with a few other favorite including taco seasoning, Italian seasoning and ranch. Chili seasoning is good not only for chili but great in burgers, on baked potatoes or even nachos to name few. Once you whip up a batch of my homemade chili seasoning you’ll have it on hand for at least 3 or 4 pots of chili, including my recipe for Slow Cooker Chili.



This is a classic Slow Cooker Chili. Simple and delicious. It’s pure comfort food along with a loaf of fresh bread. I love making chili in the slow cooker because I can toss it all together in the morning and come up to a warm bowl of chili at the end of the day. No worries about cooking, no worries about a ton of dishes. Easy peasy!

I use the Crock Pot 5-in-1 Multi Cooker which I love and you probably hear me rave about all the time! I’ve had it for years! I can brown my ground beef mixture for this chili right in the same pot without getting another skillet dirty! If you don’t have it, no worries! Just brown your ground beef mixture as I outline in the instructions below then transfer to your slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Chili

An easy recipe for thick and hearty Slow Cooker Chili. Perfect for a “chili” day served with a loaf of fresh bread!

  • Author: Jenn - Mother Thyme
  • Yield: 6


  • 2 lb ground beef (preferably lean 90/10)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15.5 oz kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 34 T chili seasoning (divided)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • chopped green onion (optional)


  1. In a large skillet brown ground beef with onions and 1 tablespoon of chili seasoning.
  2. Transfer browned beef mixture to slow cooker.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans an 2-3 tablespoons of chili seasoning (depending on how spicy you like it.) Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Season with salt and pepper before serving.
  5. Served topped with shredded cheddar cheese and green onion if desired.


Click HERE for my recipe for Big Batch Chili Seasoning.


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