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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chili

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"My friend Keni's love of smokey chipotle peppers inspired this recipe. It comes together perfectly and is a unique chili that will stand out against others. It is a spicy chili that at the same time is mellow. It gives you the kick without the lingering burn like many chilis do."
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6 h 35 m servings 402
Original recipe yields 12 servings


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  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef and sausage in the hot skillet until some of the fat renders, 2 to 3 minutes; add onion and garlic and continue to cook and stir until the meats are browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes more. Transfer beef mixture to a slow cooker.
  2. Stir kidney beans, chili beans, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, chipotle chiles, bacon bits, chili sauce, hot pepper sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, and salt with the beef mixture.
  3. Cook on Low until vegetables are completely tender but the celery retains a slight bit of firmness, 6 to 8 hours (or 3 to 4 hours on High).


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 402 calories; 18.3 33.7 28.1 65 1257 Full nutrition

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This was my first attempt at chili and it won first place in my office chili cook off!! (It won by a land slide, by the way.) I made a few highly recommended substitutions: pork chorizo instead ...

Good recipe, but I used black beans instead of chili beans and doubled the cumin. Added 2 tbls apple cider vinegar. Was really good!

I have never made chili before and made this the other night for 10 people and everyone loved it. There was none leftover. People said its award winning.

I made this dish according to the recipe. The chili had undertones of smoke with a nice spicy taste. Not too spicy as even my daughter who doesn't like anything spicy loved it.. Note, the rec...

This Chili is the BOMB!!! With only 3 of us in the house I should have made a smaller batch, but this chili is as good the 2nd or 3rd time! We finished it off! Followed the recipe with the excep...

Loved this! So good. I cannot believe that tiny can of Chipotle gives so much amazing flavor! I used spicy chili beans (from Kroger) and I think I may not use spicy ones next time as this was j...

I made this for a chili cook off and won first prize and came home with an empty pot!!!

Excellent! Love this recipe!! Big hit at my friends house on a Sunday watching football on a blustery fall day :-) Nice smoky flavor with spice. Will definitely make again

This was amazing and so easy... made it with 100% venison and the flavor was incredible!!