Slow Cooker Chili


Slow Cooker Chili | Cooking Classy

In my home during the cold winter months I make chili about once every other week. I love chili. I was raised on the stuff. It’s hearty, flavorful, and it’s simply a perfect blend of so many delicious ingredients, and there’s more….. it makes delicious left overs. I ‘m not a huge fan of left overs of any kind but this, it’s like a spaghetti sauce, letting it sit overnight just allows that much more time for the flavors to saturate so it’s equally as good as the first day it’s made. Chili is a simple and classic American dish. Another reason I make it so often is because I always have all of the ingredients on hand. There aren’t many meals out their that contain so many ingredients which start from a can and it ends with such tasty results.

One of my favorite ways to serve chili  is with baked Russet potatoes. I slice the baked potato open then slightly compress it so it mashes a bit to create more area for soaking then I drench it with hot chili, smother it with Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and finish it a generous dollop of sour cream (and sometimes hot sauce because how can I resist?), then I usually have a full bowl of chili along side that =). Yes it is so delicious that I still crave it at least once or twice a month. I also love to serve it in a bread bowl or along with biscuits, cornbread and of course saltine crackers. My latest favorite chili is this recipe I created for the slow cooker. The flavor of the chili is amazing and the texture of the beef is so tender, basically perfect and the way the ground beef in chili should be. Six hours of slow cooking creates the best chili ever. And have I mentioned how easy this chili is to make? It’s a total breeze, so this will likely become a recipe you won’t want to lose =). Simplicity – check, unbelievably satisfying – check, easy cleanup – check check check. You’re going to watn to try this. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chili | Cooking ClassySlow Cooker Chili | Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 - 7 servings

Slow Cooker Chili


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (14.5) oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilies*
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water or beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Serve topped with:
  • Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, chopped red or green onions, cilantro, roasted peppers, or hot sauce
  • Optionally serve with:
  • fresh cornbread or biscuits, baked russet potatoes, saltine crackers or tortilla chips


  • Heat olive oil in a large and deep non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, add onion and saute 3 minutes, then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour onions into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.
  • Return skillet to medium-high eat, add beef and cook stirring occasionally until beef has browned. Drain most of fat from beef, leaving about 2 Tbsp in with beef (this is optional, I think it ads flavor but you can drain it all if you'd prefer). Pour browned beef into slow cooker.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, 1/2 cup water or beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander and season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Stir mixture, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 - 6 hours.
  • Stir in dark and light red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 10 minutes (if you want the soup to have more liquid you can add in another 1/2 cup water or beef broth). Serve warm with desired toppings (I say the cheese and sour cream is a must, everything else is optional).
  • *If you don't like heat then you can use canned tomatoes without green chiles since they are a little spicy.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

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  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction: We eat a lot of chili during the winter months, too! I love the idea serving it with baked potatoes and extra cheese! February 15, 2013 at 1:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is the best winter meal. Thanks for commenting Jessica! February 16, 2013 at 12:07am Reply

      • Suzan: WHY IN GOD’S NAME Would you ever add sugar and make it sweet ? No way dose sugar ever belongs is tomato base recipe.To acidity add salt but not sugar. January 4, 2016 at 3:02pm Reply

        • Shellina: Suzan why are you making such a big deal about a tsp of sugar. I add brown sugar to my tomato meat sauce that I use for pasta or lasagnas all the time … and everyone that has my lasagnas says its the best they have ever had. Don’t knock it till you try it and its only a tsp … if you don’t like it don’t use it … simple as that.

          Jaclyn … I have saved & pinned 5 or 6 of your soup recipes & I can’t wait to try them & will try out your chill recipe … sound delish :) <3 January 7, 2016 at 2:02am Reply

          • Jaclyn: I hope you love the recipes Shellina! January 7, 2016 at 10:39am

        • Tiffany: There are lots of tomato base recipes thay call for sugar! This recipe is my families go to chili recipe! It’s amazing and there is never any left overs!!! January 10, 2016 at 8:37pm Reply

        • Sarah: Suzan, you need to spell check before you start bashing someone’s recipe ingredients. This recipe looks amazing and I will be making it today for sure! Have a nice day, sounds like you really need one. January 24, 2016 at 7:43am Reply

          • Suzan VanWilgen: Sarah Well for one English is not my first language and another point is I was not bashing any one what ever that means I was making a comment alike you all were. I made this and was good I just left the sugar out. June 18, 2016 at 10:42pm

          • Suzan Vanwilgen: Sarah your telling me I need to use spell check what did I miss spell ? If anything you should of told me to check for my sentience structure, that is where I went wrong I don’t see misspelled words. By the way yes the chili was really good and have made it a few times since my last post, but I did omit the sugar.I’don’t think any one needs the extra sugar,and I just think it gives it a sweet taste. I also have made this for a community fundraiser,and it was a hit. October 2, 2016 at 4:31pm

          • Marilynn: Spell check: No way DOES sugar…. Not Dose! February 6, 2017 at 8:40am

        • Amy: Suzan, the best Italian meat sauce I have ever had was made by a little old Italian lady and her secret weapon: sugar. January 30, 2016 at 1:12pm Reply

        • Kathy: Tomatoes can be bitter so adding sugar cuts the bitter! January 31, 2016 at 8:18am Reply

        • Suzan, Suzan, Suzan…MY GOODNESS!!! April 1, 2016 at 12:47pm Reply

        • Mari: The sugar is to counterbalance the acidity. It does not make it sweet! That’s why it’s only a tsp. July 31, 2016 at 6:43am Reply

        • Teresa: Suzan, being from the South we always added sugar to anything that had a tomato base. Hint: sprinkle a little sugar in your chicken salad and it will make all the difference in the world. August 22, 2016 at 11:15am Reply

          • Suzan Vanwilgen: Teresa I know you will probably take this wrong, but just your from the south doesn’t mean your way is always the right way like mine is not always the right way.My Italian aunt by marriage,always used salt or baking soda. I’m sorry but I don’t like sugar in my chicken salad I have had it that way. October 2, 2016 at 4:50pm

        • Lucy: You spell does(does) not dose October 7, 2016 at 12:23pm Reply

          • Ressa: Thank you. Haha. December 26, 2016 at 11:54pm

          • Lauren: This is too funny. I’m making this chili tonight in my pressure cooker. But I have to respond to the grammer that everyone is talking to Suzan about. Suzan, you use “should of” in a response. It should be “should have”. Everyone remember that Suzan is allowed to speak her opinion. Now lets get to the business of tasting this great chili, and if you don’t like sugar in it, simply leave it out. Have a great day all and be kind to someone today. December 30, 2016 at 5:13am

        • Rashid: Suzan i guess you are not of American decent which means that you do not observe the same traditions as most Americans. But that’s ok though. You make your chili how you like it but I will also say that you should be a little more open to trying new things and see how you like it. And then after that lets see how you feel about it. I particularly love my chili with sugar in it because it just makes it taste so much better by countering the salty flavor. I really hope you would it. I think you would be please. Just my two cents. October 25, 2016 at 10:48am Reply

        • Jessica: I add sugar to chiming before I read this recipe and to spaghetti sauce and meat loaf.its really good. November 19, 2016 at 4:11pm Reply

        • Dorothy hodgens: Adding a little sugar helps lessen the acid of the tomatoes. A little sugar goes a long way. January 16, 2017 at 9:00am Reply

        • Kimmy: If you don’t have anything nice to say, just shut your big mouth because no one wants to hear or read it.

          If you want to criticize, you do it in a positive way. Don’t be rude. March 4, 2017 at 2:29pm Reply

    • Sally: I learned a long time ago that adding just a smidgen of sugar in any recipe w tomatoes make it taste so very good! November 7, 2016 at 5:35pm Reply

  • Angela @ Another Bite Please: i love slow cooker meals…I make one usually once a week since I work late on Tuesday and love that hubby can have meal ready for the kiddos….and he loves chili so this would be perfect…and serving over a potato sounds so good! February 15, 2013 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Angela! February 16, 2013 at 12:06am Reply

      • Rikki: Do you drain the olive oil from the onions before adding to the crock pot? August 31, 2016 at 9:32am Reply

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  • Kim: What type of “tomato sauce” is supposed to be used in this recipe?

    Thanks :) February 27, 2013 at 3:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Just a plain tomato sauce. I used the kind that has salt (NOT a no salt added version). February 28, 2013 at 1:16am Reply

  • Martina: Have made this twice since finding recipe it is very good my family love it March 19, 2013 at 3:09am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Martina – I’m so glad to hear your family loves this chili! Thanks so much for your comment! March 19, 2013 at 9:43am Reply

  • Christie: Hi, when do I add the beans in? At the end? Also, is this okay to be in the crockpot for 8 hours rather than 6? Thanks! May 15, 2013 at 1:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You add the beans in after it has cooked the 6 hours. It would be fine to do the 8 hours, my Mom said she cooked hers about that long and it was a little more dry so you will likely want to add in 1 cup of beef broth or chicken broth. Hope you enjoy! May 15, 2013 at 1:05pm Reply

  • Christi: Hi, Thanks for a great recipe. I have been craving Chili for the longest but when I make it it doesn’t taste quiet right. I can toss this together before work and dinner will be done. I will be making it this coming fall. Thank you so much! August 30, 2013 at 7:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Christi :)! September 1, 2013 at 12:36pm Reply

  • Katie Honeycutt: WOW! This was the BEST chili recipe I’ve found. This will be my new go to recipe. Thank you for sharing it! October 14, 2013 at 7:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you think it’s the best you’ve found Katie :)! Thanks for your comment! October 14, 2013 at 7:47pm Reply

  • sara: This was a great recipe, especially because I love my chili very meaty and thick – and not too spicy. I ½’d the recipe since i was cooking for 1 (some to be frozen) however used ¾ of an onion (i love onions!), added some cinnamon (thats how we do chili here in cincinnati), and used ⅓ light red kidney beans, ⅓ dark red kidney beans and ½ can “ranch style” beans. I did need to add the 1 cup of chicken broth to help with the consistency, and even after that it was a great chunky chili! Definitely will be making this again!!! October 29, 2013 at 3:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Happy to hear you enjoyed it Sara and you’d make it again :)! November 3, 2013 at 6:47pm Reply

    • Brittany: I want to half this recipe as well, did you adjust the cooking time? September 11, 2014 at 6:09pm Reply

      • Sara: I believe I didnt modify the cooking time, but kept an eye on it and turned it off an hour early October 12, 2014 at 10:46am Reply

  • Amanda k: I made this for lunch today! With my family of picky chili eaters and they all loved it. Thank you for a great chili recipe! November 3, 2013 at 11:02am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome Amanda! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment, so glad your family liked this! November 10, 2013 at 8:02am Reply

  • Rasheedah Mulkey: My family loved it!!! The kids said we should have this more often November 15, 2013 at 5:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So happy to hear that Rasheedah! Thanks for leaving a comment! November 15, 2013 at 6:33pm Reply

  • Re-Re: I’ve Been Looking For A Great Chili Recipe And I Have Found It!! I Made This Tonite And OMG!!! It’s Awsome It’s So Delicious I Most Definitely Will Keep This Recipe Thanks For Sharing!! January 30, 2014 at 11:15pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Re-Re! Thanks for your comment! February 4, 2014 at 9:56pm Reply

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  • crystal: Hi there I have one question for you could I make this in a pot instead of the slow cooker. July 14, 2014 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, definitely. Just let is simmer for a few hours over low heat, stirring occasionally. July 14, 2014 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Jill: This chili recipe is awesome. Thank you! July 23, 2014 at 7:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Jill :)! August 9, 2014 at 11:57pm Reply

  • Chelsea: I made this today and it’s really good! I forgot to drain/rinse my beans so it was little runnier than I expected (I didn’t add any broth), but I also put the beans in the whole time to make sure they weren’t hard.

    The cocoa powder made me nervous but I’m glad o finally find a good recipe that doesn’t require a chili stick. September 1, 2014 at 7:08pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Chelsea! Thanks for your review! September 22, 2014 at 9:43pm Reply

  • Meagen: Just found this recipe and will be making it for a big family function on Saturday! Cannot wait to try it, we’ve been on the hunt for our “go-to” chili recipe for years!!! September 28, 2014 at 3:53pm Reply

  • Adrienne: If I cook on high instead of low, will cook time be 3 hours? Sounds amazing and want to eat tonight, lol October 19, 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

  • Shan: Best chili I’ve made! I followed the recipe exactly, except I cooked it for approximately 2.5 hours on high. Thanks for sharing! This is a keeper! October 19, 2014 at 7:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Shan! Thanks for your feedback! October 19, 2014 at 10:17pm Reply

  • Sherrey Meyer: Looking for an easy, slow cooker chili recipe for a potlock in a couple of weeks. You won me over with your images! And the fact that your slow cooker looks just like mine. Truthfully, the look of the chili is really what got me — it looks so yummy! I’ll let you know how it turns out. October 29, 2014 at 4:17pm Reply

  • Maggie: Sounds good – Do I stir everything when I add it to the crockpot, before cooking? November 1, 2014 at 7:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes, sorry I should add that to the directions. Thanks for pointing that out! November 1, 2014 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Heather @ Glitter and Gloss: I just made this for dinner and it was a huge hit! I did half ground turkey/half ground beef, but kept everything else the same. Thanks for this fantastic recipe! November 2, 2014 at 5:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked it Heather! Thanks for your review! November 2, 2014 at 8:52pm Reply

  • Shannon: we also added chopped lettuce and fresh tomatoes to the toppings (with cheese and sour cream) and served with taco chips…. DELISH! November 6, 2014 at 10:49am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Shannon! I’m so glad you liked this chili recipe! November 6, 2014 at 9:58pm Reply

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  • Kristian: This chili was very yummy! Thanks for sharing will definitely be making again :) November 9, 2014 at 10:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear it was enjoyed Kristian! November 9, 2014 at 11:53am Reply

  • Jenn: I don’t have 6 hours to cook this on low…can I cook it on high for 4 hours?
    So excited to try this! November 12, 2014 at 3:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That would probably be fine. December 12, 2014 at 5:04pm Reply

  • Dee: I like how you’ve added cocoa powder. I always do too. It’s such a surprise when others find out about it. They don’t expect it. Cocoa creates a rich taste, not “chocolaty” at all. I add it to my spaghetti sauce as well. Great chili recipe, thanks. November 13, 2014 at 7:27pm Reply

  • traci: Im making today & will be adding black beans. I cant wait November 16, 2014 at 8:00am Reply

  • P: Delicious! My new favorite chili recipe! I did not have ground coriander or coco powder on hand. I used ground turkey and I did add a dash of cayenne, a tbsp of brown sugar and 1/2 green bell pepper chopped. The consistency and flavors were awesome. As with any chilli it tastes better and better as the days go by. We finally finished the batch on day 4 and we ate it multiple ways: with tortilla chips/ shredded cheese/ sour cream/green onion, over baked potatoes with same toppings, and straight out of the bowl with a side of cornbread. I can’t wait to make this again. November 17, 2014 at 1:55pm Reply

  • Nicole: So last week I was really craving chili and came across this recipe. I talked my bf throught making it while I was at’s so easy! And I must say, it turned out delicious! I agree that cheese and sour cream was a must. It had the perfect about of spice to it and the little bit of sugar definitely makes a difference. Everyone loved it. Thanks! November 20, 2014 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Fernanda: It’s on the crockpot right now, I’ll tell later how it come out. So far looks good and the smell…OMG! December 3, 2014 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Jenny: I made the mistake of trusting my husband to read the instructions to me, and the beans went in before I started using my slow cooker.. I guess I will find out in 6 hours how the beans turn out… :( December 6, 2014 at 1:23pm Reply

  • ronda davis: Can u taste the cocoa in it. Cause that really worries me December 7, 2014 at 6:29am Reply

    • Jaclyn: You don’t notice it at all, it just adds a greater depth of flavor. December 8, 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

    • Karla: Thanks for asking that question because I had the same concern about cocoa powder. March 11, 2015 at 11:20am Reply

  • Food, Faith, and Other Fabulous Finds: This reminds me of my Grandma’s chili which I ate often growing up. (She didn’t know about spices, though.) She’s been gone for several years now, but no one has her recipe, so this was a walk down memory lane. Thank you so much!! December 11, 2014 at 8:00pm Reply

  • Allie: This looks amazing. I only have a 4 quart slow cooker though. Would the original recipe work or should i just cut it in half? December 30, 2014 at 11:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I might half it for that size? January 20, 2015 at 10:46pm Reply

  • Maryann: Amazing!! Made this for the first time tonight, and it rocked! No leftovers here :)
    Thanks for sharing!! December 31, 2014 at 6:13pm Reply

  • kchapy: I found this on pinterest about 3 months ago and have made it COUNTLESS times!! It’s the easiest and cleanest chili I have found ingredient wise and I always just throw it in the crockpot in the morning for a delicious meal that we enjoy all week long. Thank you for sharing!! January 1, 2015 at 7:13am Reply

  • Betsy | My husband made this chili today and we absolutely loved it! A few changes he made (because we love the veggies!) were to add a second onion, two bell peppers and used a large can of stewed tomatoes instead of diced. He also added about 1/4 cup of flour to thicken it a bit. All in all… it was one of the best we’ve ever had! Thanks for a great recipe! January 1, 2015 at 10:08am Reply

  • Paige: I have made this 4 times now. I absolutely love it. I add spices just S the recipe states. It’s now my go to chili recipe. January 3, 2015 at 1:17pm Reply

  • Lisa~: Found this on Pinterest and we’re making it tonight! Thanks for sharing. Lisa~ January 5, 2015 at 8:21am Reply

  • cheri: I made this today for dinner and the family thought it to be bland. Followed the recipe exactly. Will try to salvage what is left. January 7, 2015 at 10:27pm Reply

  • Michelle: This was the worst chili I’ve ever made, I’m sorry I don’t like leaving bad reviews but I’ve made so many pots of chili and they’ve always been so good but this one was bad but the worst part was the over powering taste of cumin and not enough chili powder, I played around with it to try fixing it but ended up throwing it out : / January 9, 2015 at 2:45pm Reply

    • Tina: Hmm, are you sure you didn’t accidentally reverse the cumin and chili amounts, Michelle?? The 2 1/2 tsp of cumin was barely noticeable and in no way overpowering. 2 Tbsp of chili powder plus the green chilies (from the diced tomatoes) definitely provided a nice amount of chili flavor. February 1, 2015 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Shauna: While looking up chili recipes I stumbled across this one. So glad I stopped & tried it out. My husband and mom both loved it! He told me best chili he’s ever had!! Great recipe! Thank you! January 16, 2015 at 7:05pm Reply

  • Ama: Do I put in the kidney beans after 5-6 hours of cooking? January 21, 2015 at 11:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes. Hope you love it! February 5, 2015 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Erin: Can I put the beans in right in the beginning?? Cuz I did & I’m nervous I screwed it up January 22, 2015 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I don’t normally recommend it because the beans will get too soft and mussy, but it won’t ruin it :). January 23, 2015 at 9:56pm Reply

  • Jenni: This chili sounds really easy and oh so yummy! What brand of chili powder do you use? I have tried several brands and they can be quiet strong or a little bitter. Thanks, Jenni January 23, 2015 at 8:39pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I use McCormick. I buy the big one at Sam’s Club. Hope you love it! January 23, 2015 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Alisa: If i’m in a rush can I cook this in a pot instead of all day in a slow cooker? January 26, 2015 at 11:13am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes definitely. It just won’t have quit the depth of flavor but still delicious! January 26, 2015 at 1:36pm Reply

  • Amanda: How long will I have to cook if I put it on high? February 1, 2015 at 12:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ve never cooked it on high because I like slow simmering this one, it just gives it a great depth of flavor. It would probably be okay on high though, in half the time. February 5, 2015 at 6:12pm Reply

  • Lexi: I found your recipe on pinterest and made it today and let me say one thing it was delish I definitely will make it again I even passed it along to some people thanks again ! February 3, 2015 at 6:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Lexi! Thanks for sharing! February 5, 2015 at 5:42pm Reply

  • Clera: Found your recipe on Pintrest. Loved it….best chilli I’ve ever made! Family enjoyed it. A keeper recipe … Thanks for sharing it February 12, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m happy to hear your family liked it Clera! Glad you found my site :)! February 12, 2015 at 5:41pm Reply

  • Angela: My friend was looking for a chili recipe and I showed her this one which I had pinned but not yet made. She has been raving about it and said its the first time she has ever made a great chili!

    I am going to try it this weekend for sure. I’m not really understanding why you don’t add the beans until the very end? February 18, 2015 at 7:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Adding the beans in the beginning makes them mushy so I always wait until the end. I’m so glad your friend liked this recipe, I hope you do too! February 23, 2015 at 6:50pm Reply

  • Rieda: I made and love this chili! About how many cups of chili would you consider a serving for this dish? February 24, 2015 at 11:36am Reply

  • Megan: If you are using dried beans, do you add them in the beginning so that they cook the entire time? I would soak them the night before, and add them in the beginning. Does this sound right? February 25, 2015 at 11:41am Reply

    • Letty: I am wondering about this too. October 3, 2015 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Jenn: I have never heard using cocoa in a chili recipe? I usually use Wendy’s copcat chili beans recipe when I make chili. Just curious what the cocoa adds to the chili. I have one more bowl of chili to pull out of the freezer and then I am planning on making another crock pot full to freeze again. May have to give your recipe a try. February 27, 2015 at 6:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It just adds a little depth of flavor, you don’t notice a chocolatey taste at all it just adds a little richness. February 27, 2015 at 12:56pm Reply

  • Jenn: I am on my last bowl of chili I am planning on making another crock pot full to freeze, I do also love to eat every week with sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips. Just curious What does the cocoa add to the recipe have never seen or tried it with the cocoa. May have to give your recipe a try. February 27, 2015 at 6:41am Reply

  • Janette: Best chili! I made this for my family a few weeks ago and they loved it. Will be making it again tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this recipe. March 4, 2015 at 8:44pm Reply

  • Angel: I was craving chili early this morning and decided to sift through Pinterest to look for a slow cooker recipe for one. Really glad I did because I came across your recipe and after trying it out, I’m in love with it!

    Made 2 adjustments but otherwise followed the exact same recipe. All I did was substitute brown sugar for granulated sugar (forgot to check for granulated sugar before I left for the supermarket) and then added Portuguese sausage. It was delish!

    Thank you so much for posting your recipe online!

    Aloha! March 30, 2015 at 2:19am Reply

  • Sirada: I have try this one last winter in Alberta, Canada. I’m really love it. I try to cook it several times but it’s not good. Untill I met your recipe, I think it’s better. Thank you so much for posting your recipe online. ;) April 12, 2015 at 10:53am Reply

  • Candace: Looks delicious! Gonna try it today, I’m wondering ‘why the cocoa powder?’ April 16, 2015 at 10:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It just adds a nice rich depth of flavor. It’s not very noticeable, you won’t taste chocolate though. April 16, 2015 at 8:09pm Reply

  • Lerato: Found this on Pinterest. Waiting patiently next to my slow cooker. From what I’ve read, it’s going to be worth the wait. Thanx Jaclyn! June 9, 2015 at 7:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Lerato :)! June 9, 2015 at 5:19pm Reply

  • alyssa: This looks really good! Do you think it would work as well if I used onion powder instead of an onion? And if I blended the diced tomatoes? My boyfriend likes chili and the flavor of tomatoes and onions but doesn’t like eating “chunks” of them. Do you think it would make the chili too liquidy? June 9, 2015 at 5:25pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You could just mince the diced onion and tomato in a food processor to get smaller pieces. Onion powder will work but it won’t have quite the same fresh flavor. July 9, 2015 at 12:06am Reply

  • maude: next time I cook chili i’ll use your recipe,, sounds so good. never thought to put in the cooker. instead of baked, add more tomato sauce or broth and serve over mashed potatoes. my best friend’s mother did this to stretch meals for a crowd of kids… but my kids luv it too June 27, 2015 at 6:43pm Reply

  • Jessica: Made this today, even in the heat of summer it was awesome! I used diced tomatoes with habanero peppers instead of green peppers for more spice. Thanks for sharing it was a major hit in our house. 😃 August 30, 2015 at 9:31pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Jessica! August 30, 2015 at 11:18pm Reply

  • Joelle: Made this with ground turkey and added diced green pepper….DELISH! September 20, 2015 at 8:13am Reply

  • Meghan: Looks great! Do you think the recipe could be doubled for a larger group? September 22, 2015 at 4:05pm Reply

  • Latoyia: I really want to try this! My husband is hard to please when it comes to chili. Oh, Do you use water or beef broth in your chili? September 29, 2015 at 7:29pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I prefer the beef broth. I hope you and your husband love this recipe! September 29, 2015 at 10:14pm Reply

      • Latoyia: I am making it today! I’ll let you know how it comes out :) October 2, 2015 at 12:43pm Reply

  • desiree: Hi my slow Cooker settings are different. High is 4 or 6 hours. Low is 8 or 10 hours. Do I cook on low on 8 hour setting and just turn off after 6 hours or should I use the high setting on 6 hours? September 30, 2015 at 2:17pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I have one like that too, just turn it off after the 6 hours on low. I hope you love it! September 30, 2015 at 4:49pm Reply

  • Letty: When do you add the beans if we used dry, soaked overnight? October 3, 2015 at 2:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I’d soak the beans first then probably just add them in the beginning, you may even need to give them a little head start because dry beans can take a while to cook through. October 4, 2015 at 12:08am Reply

  • maureen: Hi this looks so food making it tomorrow my only question is do you drain and rinse the beans?? October 10, 2015 at 10:48pm Reply

  • Jenny: Help! 1st time ever trying to make chili and my husbands tells me my chili doesn’t taste like..chili. I followed the instructions listed, I think it’s too watery and not think enough. October 11, 2015 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Erica: Do you think I can get away with cramming this all into a 4.5 quart slow cooker, or would you recommend cutting the recipe in half? Thanks :) October 14, 2015 at 2:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’d cut it in half because it does make quite a bit. I hope you love it! October 19, 2015 at 11:03pm Reply

  • Christine F: Hey there, looks like your chili recipe is quite popular on Pinterest and I can see why–it’s delicious! We made it last night and added a poblano pepper and tomatoes with habeneros for just the right amount of heat. October 18, 2015 at 8:14am Reply

  • sandrea: Hi, I was wondering what kind of model slow cooker you have and if you like it a lot? I am looking to buy my first one, but there is so many out there. Also, is yours a Manuel or programmable one? Can’t wait to try this recipe once I get a slow cooker :] October 26, 2015 at 10:43am Reply

  • karen: This was excellent thanks for sharing! November 1, 2015 at 6:19am Reply

  • Bert: This is my second time making this and it was a big hit the first time. So good with crusty bread. I may try the baked potato as well, it sounds good. November 1, 2015 at 12:10pm Reply

  • PrIScilla: want to try this recipe first as it’s the highest rated and my hubby loves chili….. But we Looooooooooove spice, I mean LOVE it. Love love it. I see another recipe that calls for green bell pepper, chili powder, paprika, cumin and jalapeños….. However yours does not. Do you think adding those would totally kill the taste of your recipe or will it only add the desired spice profile?

    Or do you suggest different peppers? What would be the measurements needed?

    Would so love to try your recipe first November 2, 2015 at 12:41pm Reply

  • CokeSlurpee: Wow! Delicious and easy to make! Everyone loved it. Will be adding this to my personal recipe box. Thank you! November 2, 2015 at 11:14pm Reply

  • Rachel: My husband aren’t big fans of kidney beans, is there an alternative or can I just leave them out? November 5, 2015 at 6:00am Reply

  • Chrissie: This chili is so yummy! I added a little bit of liquid smoke and it turned out so good, thank you so much for this recipe!! November 7, 2015 at 7:35pm Reply

  • Anna: Can I use turkey instead of beef with this recipe. I love the beef, but would like to use up the ground turkey I bought. November 9, 2015 at 9:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That should be fine. Hope you love it! November 12, 2015 at 5:45pm Reply

  • Maigan: I made this yesterday and it was delicious! I did not add water nor cumin (does not agree with me). I also substituted light red kidney beans for mixed beans and drained the diced tomatoes. I added all of the ingredients at the very beginning and cooked on low for 8 hours. The beans were not soggy. I like the spice combination, very tasty! Thanks for the recipe! November 20, 2015 at 10:36am Reply

  • Laura S: Diced tomatoes = Rotel? Sorry not a professional. And which cocoa powder? Also I prefer pinto beans would that be ok?Thanks. Can’t wait to try it. December 4, 2015 at 6:07pm Reply

  • Siobhon: Trying this in a couple days, cannot wait to taste. I have a major love for chick peas so I may add in some of them :) .. Thanks for sharing. December 6, 2015 at 5:31pm Reply

  • Alana: Found this recipe on pinterest and I love it! I add a green pepper and some cayenne pepper for a little extra kick and I don’t use the cocoa powder. Still delish tho December 10, 2015 at 12:23pm Reply

  • liz: Having a bunch of people over for chili! Do you think I would be able to double this recipe in a 7qt crock pot? December 11, 2015 at 3:47pm Reply

  • d: I made this recipe tonight and my family absolutely loved it! The flavors were so rich. This was the best chilli I have ever made! Thanks again! December 27, 2015 at 9:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for your review! December 28, 2015 at 9:35am Reply

  • Lynn: I have made your recipe. It was good but I added chopped celery and added another Tbsp or tsp. Of the spices much better. All in all good recipe. December 31, 2015 at 8:24am Reply

  • Linda: Made this yesterday and have to say, it was some of the best chili I’ve ever eaten! I didn’t want a lot if heat, so used 2 cans of Mild Rotel. Other than that, I followed the recipe exactly. Yummy!! January 2, 2016 at 9:57am Reply

  • Dana: Absolutely perfect! Spicy, flavorful, delicious!!! I left out the sugar but wouldn’t change another thing. Thank you – this will be our one and only chili recipe from now on! January 2, 2016 at 9:05pm Reply

  • Molly: I love this chili recipe. I’ve used it so many times for family and friends. You should totally enter this chili contest! I think you have a good chance at winning (because I don’t want to steal your credit)! January 6, 2016 at 9:41am Reply

  • Jess: I’ve made this receipe before and it’s amazing but I was hoping to find a way to make it a little thicker. Any suggestions? January 7, 2016 at 11:27pm Reply

  • Kristin: I don’t usually leave comments on recipes, I get too distracted. But I had to come back and say that this chili was delicious. I was growing tired or our regular recipe, so I wanted to try something different. Just the right amount of zing and thickness. Thank! January 11, 2016 at 8:21am Reply

  • Lindsey: Hi! First, I wanted to let you know that this recipe is amazing! It’s my go-to chili recipe since I found it last winter :)
    Secondly, I know you said that it makes 6-7 servings. I may have missed it, but can you specify about how much you’re considering a serving? I’m doing weight watchers and I’d love to be able to track this appropriately. Thank you! January 11, 2016 at 11:32am Reply

  • Bianca Bencosme: I usually don’t leave comments anywhere, usually I just copy recipes and move it along. But I MUST leave a comment here! I have never EVER tasted a chili so good like this one. I am not kidding! I am hispanic and our food is always very flavorful and chili is one of my favorite foods. I have tasted many restaurant chilis and by far this is the best one! Thank you for this awesome recipe. My family devoured this. I will definitely make some more. And I cook my beans with sugar, sugar is definitely the essence of life! Haha! Thank you for making my day and satisfying my pregnancy craving! January 14, 2016 at 7:37am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Bianca! Thanks for your review! January 15, 2016 at 3:53pm Reply

  • Emily Barnett: I’ve never commented on recipe websites before, but I must on this one… This is was my first time ever making chili and I’m fairly picky on chili taste. I could tell by reading the ingredients, the flavor was going to come together very nicely. So delicious! My boyfriend and I had 4 days of leftovers and ate every last drop :) I will continue to use this recipe in future. January 30, 2016 at 3:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you both enjoyed it Emily! Thanks for your comment! January 31, 2016 at 12:46am Reply

  • Bev: After reading this I am so happy I have 2 crock pots! One is slow cooking spaghetti sauce and your chili will be in the other one. I like cooking once and having many meals ready for busy nights! Thank you!! January 31, 2016 at 9:17am Reply

  • Carolyn: LOVE IT!!!Reminds me of Wendy’s chili (that we love). I’ve actually never made this in the crock pot, I always make it on Sunday and I forget its a crockpot recipe until an hour before dinner. I’ve also been making it with venison…….yummmmmm!!!!

    Either way hands down best chili recipe ever!
    (And I don’t like chili…except for yours and Wendy’s) January 31, 2016 at 6:12pm Reply

  • Holly: Would there be enough room in your crockpot (I have the same one) for a double batch? And would that effect the cooking time at all? February 8, 2016 at 1:10pm Reply

  • Nuria: Do you drain the diced tomatoes and the beans? February 16, 2016 at 9:33pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Drain and rinse the beans but don’t drain the tomatoes. Hope you love it! February 17, 2016 at 9:33am Reply

  • Ivette: Made this tonight and it was delicious! It was my first time making chili! Thank you! February 18, 2016 at 8:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Ivette! February 22, 2016 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Brook: I so want to try this recipe but we do not like beans, was wondering how not adding the beans might affect the recipe. March 8, 2016 at 9:07am Reply

  • Liz: Chili tends to be a bit soupy when it’s done for me. Might be doing something wrong, but I’ve made it twice now. I put flour in it the first time to thicken it up. Any suggestions?? March 26, 2016 at 12:56pm Reply

  • Gloria: I worry about the Beans done in 10 minutes, won’t they still be hard? March 29, 2016 at 4:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: That’s why canned beans are used here, not dry beans. March 30, 2016 at 2:13am Reply

  • Alison: I made this yesterday …. WOW delicious easy and did I say delicious? It will be a regular at my house. Thank you! I look forward to trying more of your recipes. April 15, 2016 at 9:35am Reply

  • Anellise: So you put the beans in after you slow cooked it for 5-6 hours? Can you add the beans in with everything else in the beginning? May 25, 2016 at 12:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You should be using the pre-cooked canned beans so they don’t need to cook that long, if they did cook that long they’d be mushy in the end so I don’t recommend adding them from the get go. May 25, 2016 at 1:42pm Reply

  • Sarah: Making this right now, except I substituted the beef for turkey burger hope it turns out good, this is my first attempt at making chili since being married and out on my own :) June 21, 2016 at 10:47am Reply

  • Bendyeyes: Perfect chilli recipe!! I made this this week and it turned out delicious!! So much so, we look forward to dinner have a hot bowl of this chilli! Definitely going to make it often. August 31, 2016 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Tanya: The BEST chili I’ve had in my life! Followed the recipe exactly and oh my gosh! This will be a regular at my house now, especially with winter approaching. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! September 29, 2016 at 6:15pm Reply

  • Alana: I have made this chili about 15-20 times over the past two years. It is hands-down the best chili recipe I’ve ever made. When I want to modify it, I use half ground chorizo sausage and half ground beef for a little extra kick. Or, if I want to add some heat, I mix in some sriracha. Thanks so much for posting it! October 9, 2016 at 8:03pm Reply

  • Ashley: If I were to make it in a pot, when do I add the beans? October 13, 2016 at 4:02pm Reply

  • Kara: I just wanted to let you know that this is an AMAZING chili recipe! We loved it! This will definitely be the chili I make from now on. Thank you! October 13, 2016 at 5:35pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Im glad you liked it Kara! October 18, 2016 at 11:04am Reply

  • doreen finnell: GOING TO TRY your recipe for chicken corn chowder..i’ll need to double it for a party..thought I would make two soups the tomato basil tortellini soup as well…can’t wait….a salad and bread I think with a cobbler my menu is complete.. October 19, 2016 at 6:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sounds divine! I hope you like it! October 20, 2016 at 1:17pm Reply

  • Elle: I have tried many many chili recipes and this one is by far the best. It’s quite possibly the best chili I’ve ever had. I’ve added it to my family recipe book and it will be the only one I make from now on. Thanks for sharing!!! :) October 21, 2016 at 6:49pm Reply

  • Mercy Lorenzo: Can I use beans from a bag that are not yet cooked or those it have to be from a can? October 26, 2016 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Diana: I seet to add diced tomatoes but not how much. BTW this chili placed second at a chili cook-of potluck at work!! October 30, 2016 at 9:45pm Reply

  • Kathy: This was my first attempt at making Chili. I went through a lot of recipes on Pinterest and settled with yours. 1. It was simple to make. 2. It was ready when everyone got home (which is great!)3. My boys LOVED it.
    Thanks for a great recipe. I’m making it for the second time for our monthly Poker night! November 4, 2016 at 6:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Kathy! November 4, 2016 at 12:31pm Reply

  • Carol: This is the best chili we have ever had. I make this all the time and my family loves it! Thank you for the recipe. November 10, 2016 at 7:15am Reply

  • DeAnna: If i dont have kidney beans can i substitute them for cannellini beans? First time trying a recipe for chili, im very excited! 😆 November 21, 2016 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Patricia: This is the BEST chili recipe I have ever tried! I didn’t have to adjust a thing which is not my usual to do for recipes. I had more than I probably should have :) I had no bread, chips, or crackers with it, and I only added cheese on the second go round. Kudos to you Jaclyn! November 26, 2016 at 4:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Patricia! November 28, 2016 at 12:23pm Reply

  • MrsH: Every year my family has a chili cook off. I will be using your recipe BC it looks delicious. I’ll let you know how it goes. I brought the trophy home last year, hopefully I’ll do it again with your recipe. 😊 December 5, 2016 at 4:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope so too :). December 5, 2016 at 5:14pm Reply

  • Jackie: I serve chili over cooked cabbage and I also love chili over tossed salad with cheese, yum! December 7, 2016 at 4:02pm Reply

  • Lajos: I have a question:
    What does it mean “cook on low heat”?
    To measure the temperature of chili?
    How much should the temperature while cooking chili? December 8, 2016 at 1:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It’s a setting on most slow cookers. Usually it’s just high and low. Some older versions may have numbers I’m not sure. This can also be simmered on the stove top over low heat for an hour or two. December 9, 2016 at 12:09am Reply

      • lajos: Thanks a lot December 9, 2016 at 12:19am Reply

  • Holly T: I am extremely picky about my chili. I am always on the lookout for a great recipe. I have to say this was fantastic! I did alter it a little bit due to circumstances. I used a little over 1 pound of beef, used diced tomatoes without green chilis as I didn’t have any, ground my own coriander from seed as that was all I had and cooked it in a Dutch oven on the stove as that is the only way chili should be cooked (imho). I didn’t tell anyone about the cocoa until after they’d tasted it and loved it. Thank you so much for sharing it! December 11, 2016 at 7:53pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Holly! So glad you liked it! December 11, 2016 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Heather: How about bagged beans? When should I add those? December 12, 2016 at 11:04am Reply

  • Faith: Made this chili today and I added BOTH the sugar and the cocoa! It was delicious! I have a go-to recipe I have used for 25 years…..this has now officially replaced it. I did add green peppers which me and my husband love! This was great! Will make again and again. Rich, meaty, thick and flavorful. YUM! January 11, 2017 at 5:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Faith! January 13, 2017 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Brooke: Just curious why you add the beans in at the end? do they become too mushy? January 15, 2017 at 2:08pm Reply

  • Suzan: Hello Jaclyn,
    I have made this a few times now and it always come out great. :) This last 2 times I made a couple of changes to try.First of all instead of 2 teaspoon of cocoa I added 1 teaspoon of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and instead of 2 cans of Kidney beans I added 1 can of light kidney beans and 1 can of black beans 2 cups of frozen corn and it was a hit on. I made one crock pot of following yours to the letter and another crock pot with my changes and they were both well received and really liked on game day. Thank you so much for a great recipe. :) January 18, 2017 at 11:26am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad you liked the recipe Suzan! January 19, 2017 at 9:24pm Reply

  • Erin: This was perfect, thank you! I did everything exact except I pureed the tomatoes/chilies and used ground turkey. My husband and I loved it! February 6, 2017 at 11:16am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad it was enjoyed Erin! February 7, 2017 at 10:54am Reply

  • Robin: Wonderful recipe. It’s cooking as we speak :P
    I follow most of it, except that I use a chili sauce instead of a tomato sauce, add a small can of sweetcorn and a can of mixed spicy beans as well. I add a jalapeno pepper to my garlic and onion as well, as I can’t seem to get my hands on diced tomatoes with chillies. It’s a great comfort food! I serve it with toasted bread. February 17, 2017 at 10:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Great ideas – thanks for commenting Robin! February 27, 2017 at 12:54pm Reply

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