This is a long-standing favorite recipe evolved to suit the slow cooker and minimal messing around. Chop vegetables, brown meat, throw it all in, and walk away.

Al G
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

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  • Mix diced tomatoes and tomato paste together in the slow cooker; add chili powder, oregano, cumin, chipotle pepper powder, and cayenne pepper and stir. Layer ground beef, kidney beans, onions, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and garlic over tomato mixture.

  • Cook on High for 3 hours. Reduce heat to Low and cook until flavors have blended, at least 3 hours more. Add more diced tomatoes, if desired.

Cook's Notes:

You can remove the jalapeno seeds, if desired.

This recipe assumes a 6- to 7-quart slow cooker. On our slow cooker, this can be very full. Putting the third can of tomatoes in too early has been known to lead to some spillage (especially if you choose to increase the time on high because you started late).

Partner Tip

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

Nutrition Facts

306 calories; 14.4 g total fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 487 mg sodium. 24.4 g carbohydrates; 20.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2017
I'll admit that I did not read the recipe before making this chili. I looked at the ingredient list and modified a few things for example I don't like chunky tomatoes so I used plain tomato sauce instead. Also I did not have dried oregano so I substituted with Adobo seasoning. I also did not have cayenne pepper so I left it out. I figured the jalapeños were enough heat for the recipe. I left most of the seeds in the jalapeños as I chopped them. I also did not fry the ground beef and drain the fat from it before putting in the slow cooker I put everything into the slow cooker at once. IMO it's pointless to cook ingredients before putting them in the slow cooker. The whole point of the slow cooker is to not have to do that and also the fat from the meat made the recipe much more moist. Very tasty and moist! Read More
(5)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2015
Christina's Slow Cooker Chili Haiku: "Husband and daughter... well they loved this chili lots. I was not on board." After just 2 hrs. on high this chili was scorching around the edges b/c there really weren't any liquid-ey ingredients. I cut it back to low trying to stay faithful to the directions but a couple hrs. later had to add some chicken broth to prevent it from turning into a clumpy burnt mess. Maybe the "burnt" gave it some unusual flavor that my family loved but I just didn't enjoy very much. Not thrilled w/ the onion and bell peppers going in raw rather than them being browned w/ the ground beef but that did ultimately make this a very easy chili to prepare. Oh and lastly the only thing that I did differently was use black beans instead of kidney and a small can of chile peppers instead of jalapenos. Read More
(6)
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  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2017
I'll admit that I did not read the recipe before making this chili. I looked at the ingredient list and modified a few things for example I don't like chunky tomatoes so I used plain tomato sauce instead. Also I did not have dried oregano so I substituted with Adobo seasoning. I also did not have cayenne pepper so I left it out. I figured the jalapeños were enough heat for the recipe. I left most of the seeds in the jalapeños as I chopped them. I also did not fry the ground beef and drain the fat from it before putting in the slow cooker I put everything into the slow cooker at once. IMO it's pointless to cook ingredients before putting them in the slow cooker. The whole point of the slow cooker is to not have to do that and also the fat from the meat made the recipe much more moist. Very tasty and moist! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
02/06/2015
Christina's Slow Cooker Chili Haiku: "Husband and daughter... well they loved this chili lots. I was not on board." After just 2 hrs. on high this chili was scorching around the edges b/c there really weren't any liquid-ey ingredients. I cut it back to low trying to stay faithful to the directions but a couple hrs. later had to add some chicken broth to prevent it from turning into a clumpy burnt mess. Maybe the "burnt" gave it some unusual flavor that my family loved but I just didn't enjoy very much. Not thrilled w/ the onion and bell peppers going in raw rather than them being browned w/ the ground beef but that did ultimately make this a very easy chili to prepare. Oh and lastly the only thing that I did differently was use black beans instead of kidney and a small can of chile peppers instead of jalapenos. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2017
I'll admit that I did not read the recipe before making this chili. I looked at the ingredient list and modified a few things for example I don't like chunky tomatoes so I used plain tomato sauce instead. Also I did not have dried oregano so I substituted with Adobo seasoning. I also did not have cayenne pepper so I left it out. I figured the jalapeños were enough heat for the recipe. I left most of the seeds in the jalapeños as I chopped them. I also did not fry the ground beef and drain the fat from it before putting in the slow cooker I put everything into the slow cooker at once. IMO it's pointless to cook ingredients before putting them in the slow cooker. The whole point of the slow cooker is to not have to do that and also the fat from the meat made the recipe much more moist. Very tasty and moist! Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2014
Great Recipe! My teenage boys said it was their favorite. I added a bit more chili powder and an extra can of diced tomatos. A winner! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2014
Wonderful hearty chili! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2017
I used this as a base recipe for a personal chili. I used 1.5 Lb of ground beef and 1.5 Lb of steak tips which were chopped up. The result was fantastic. I will be tweaking my recipe over time and will reference this one as my base. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2016
Good recipe. I needed to add water to keep it from burning and some brown sugar to balance it all out. When all was said and done it was delicious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2016
I put 4lbs of ground and 2 x 28 oz diced tomatoes and final topping (after all mixed and ready) an additional 28 oz whole stewed tomatoes to ensure no burning on edges. Also cut back on the chili powder to 1 tbsp 1 teaspoon Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2018
I MADE IT AND IT CAME OUT AWESOME!!!! I have made this about 10 times and always so good:))) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2018
just without the jalapeno's and cayenne bc I have small kids. Read More