Need a good beef chili recipe? I've got your covered!
This healthy, gluten and dairy free crock pot recipe is SO simple. Prep time is minimal and little attention is required while chili simmers away in the slow cooker, making your home smell like a dream.
This recipe also results in few dirty dishes, which is always a plus!
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How to make easy crockpot beef chili:
Keep scrolling to see the full recipe. We'll start here with a quick overview!
- Chop up all of your veggies & brown hamburger meat.
- Put browned hamburger, veggies, beans and all other ingredients into a large crockpot and stir everything up.
- Turn crockpot on to your desired setting. Allow everything to simmer together.
- Serve with desired toppings.
Toppings for chili:
Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeno slices, chopped green onions and chives or saltine crackers are all awesome toppings for this beef chili! I also enjoy crushing up corn tortilla chips and sprinkling them on top!
Sides to serve with beef chili:
- Corn bread & homemade hot honey
- A simple side salad
- Garlic bread
- Tortilla chips & salsa
- Homemade guacamole & chips
- Get creative if you'd like! This recipe is very flexible. Try using different kinds of peppers, beans, tomatoes, onions, spices, etc. I use the combination of beans pictured above because I love a colorful chili. If you don't like one of the types listed, you can absolutely substitute. You might also try substituting ground turkey for beef!
- Tailgating? If you're having friends or family over to join in on Sunday football festivities, you can easily double this recipe and have plenty of food for a crowd, just make sure your crockpot is big enough. Freeze leftovers for easy meals during the week!
- Make it spicy or mild. Removing seeds and veins from jalapeño peppers is a great way to control heat if you don't like spicy food. Leave them in if you like it hot!
- Add salt slowly and taste test. Different brands of broth have different sodium levels so you may prefer less salt than the recipe calls for.
Easy Crockpot Beef Chili | Perfect For Tailgating!
- 1 lb 97/3 lean ground beef
- 1 large yellow onion *diced
- 2 medium green bell peppers *diced
- 2 medium beefsteak tomatoes *diced
- 2 jalapenos *diced *see note below
- 1 15oz can beef broth
- 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can diced hatch green chilies
- 2 cans pinto beans
- 1 can dark red kidney beans
- 1 can navy or great northern beans
- 1 can refried beans
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 & ½ teaspoons salt *see note below
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro/green onion, avocado slices, guacamole
Recipe notes:Jalapeños: we like spicy chili in our home, so when I dice up jalapeños for this recipe, I leave all seeds and veins in the pepper. If you don't like spicy food, remove the seeds and veins. Salt: I typically use around 1 & ½ teaspoons of salt in this recipe, but I recommend adding the salt a little bit at a time and taste testing as the chili cooks to see if it needs more. Canned broths and beans can have different levels of sodium so you may need less!
- Dice onion, bell peppers, tomatoes and jalapeños into ¼ to ½ inch pieces. Drain and rinse beans in a colander. Set beans and diced veggies aside.
- Brown hamburger. Once fully cooked, drain excess fats and place hamburger into your crockpot. Add diced veggies, diced tomato, drained/rinsed beans and refried beans to the crockpot.
- Add canned crushed tomatoes, canned hatch green chilies, beef broth, spices and salt.
- Stir all ingredients together, make sure everything is well combined. Turn your crockpot on and allow everything to cook together for around 4-8 hours depending on which crockpot setting you select (low, medium or high). Stir occasionally, wait for onions and peppers to fully soften.
- Once chili is done simmering in the crockpot, serve it up! Top with shredded cheese, sour cream and any other toppings you like!
- Allow chili to cool and place in an airtight freezer/refrigerator safe container. Freeze for 2-3 months or refrigerate for 2-3 days.
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