The Ultimate Slow Cooked Chili


Chili is always a little bit of experimentation, a whole lot of flavor, and one of my absolute favorite dishes. There is always a little give and take but here is my honed recipe with the (staple) list of ingredients. Serve in a bowl on a cold night or even spread over white or brown rice sometimes. Always sprinkle generously with Cheddar cheese and crumbled tortilla chips and maybe a dollop of sour cream and enjoy!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins
10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans ranch-style beans

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans white kidney beans (cannellini)

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (7.75 ounce) can Mexican-style hot tomato sauce (such as El Pato®)

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • ½ cup red wine (Optional)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil large skillet over medium-high heat; cook and stir beef, onion, and garlic in the hot oil until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes; drain and discard grease. Season beef mixture with salt and pepper.

  2. Mix ground beef mixture, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, pinto beans, ranch-style beans, white kidney beans, tomato sauce, Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, Mexican-style hot tomato sauce, green bell pepper, celery, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, cumin, parsley, basil, and brown sugar together in a slow cooker.

  3. Cook on High for 4 hours; stir in red wine and continue cooking for 2 more hours. (Cook on Low for 8 hours.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
17g Fat
53g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1125mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 14g 50%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 21mg 104%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 9mg 47%
Potassium 1151mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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