Beef Chili in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Comforting, DELICIOUS, and warm beef chili packed with beans, vegetables, and spices, and cooked in the crock pot. It’s a great choice for a weeknight dinner, but just as good for a crowd-pleasing tailgate dish! 

Blue: 9   Green: 9   Purple: 9   Freestyle: 4
Course Dinner
Cuisine American/Southern, American/Southwest
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 331 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained


  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • sliced green onions, for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the onions and cook for 1 minute. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.

  3. Stir in ground beef and cook until browned, stirring occasionally to break up the meat.

  4. Remove from heat, drain, and transfer beef mixture into the pot of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.

  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker, except beans and toppings.

  6. Cover with a lid and set slow cooker on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.

  7. Remove lid and stir in kidney beans; cover and continue to cook for 5 more minutes.

  8. Ladle into bowls; top with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.

  9. Garnish with green onions and serve.

Recipe Notes

WW FREESTYLE POINTS per serving: 4 (without the toppings)


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 788mg33%
Potassium 1199mg34%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 1505IU30%
Vitamin C 34.2mg41%
Calcium 109mg11%
Iron 6.6mg37%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.