Slow Cooker Chipotle Chili


My friend Keni's love of smoky peppers inspired this award-winning sassy chipotle chili recipe. It comes together easily in the slow cooker and is a unique chili that always stands out. It is a spicy yet mellow chili that gives a kick without the lingering burn, like many chilis do.

overhead view of a single bowl of chili topped with diced red onion, sliced fresh jalapeños, sliced avocado, shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream. Frito scoops and hot sauce are nearby
Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 (16 ounce) cans chili beans, undrained

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes

  • 2 ribs celery, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped

  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped

  • ½ (7 ounce) can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • ½ (3 ounce) package bacon bits

  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (such as Frank's RedHot®)

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  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; cook and stir until meat is 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, bell peppers, chipotle chiles, bacon bits, chili sauce, hot pepper sauce, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, and salt into beef mixture.

  3. Cook until vegetables are tender and celery retains a slight bite, 6 to 8 hours on Low or 3 to 4 hours on High.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

402 Calories
18g Fat
34g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 402
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 1257mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 31mg 154%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 884mg 19%

* 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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