This hearty slow cooker beef chili gets a boost of flavor, color, and nutrition from lots of tender veggies like zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers. Set it in the morning for a low-fuss satisfying weeknight meal.
Make your net chili night veggie-powered with this flavor-packed slow cooker meal! Classic chili spices like chili powder, cumin, and garlic blend with a rainbow of fresh veggies and fiber-rich kidney beans for a healthy family dinner that’s waiting for you after work.
How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Chili
Your slow cooker does all the heavy lifting in this recipe. All you need to do is brown the beef, chop the veggies, then throw everything in your slow cooker!
Some of you have asked me if it’s possible to skip the step of browning the beef in a skillet and just add raw ground beef in the slow cooker.
There are two reasons we don’t recommend this. First, cold ground beef can stay raw in a slow cooker for a long while, giving the meat time to get… funky. We don’t want that.
Second, browning the meat brings a lot of flavors to the party. It’s worth the extra step to get that caramelized goodness in your final chili!
Can I Make Slow Cooker Beef Chili On the Stovetop?
Yes! If you’d like to make this recipe on the stove top instead of in a slow cooker, brown the beef in the bottom of a large pot. Then add the remaining ingredients, cover the pot, and let the chili simmer for a while.
The beauty of chili is that you CAN cook it all day on the stove top if you like. OR you can let it simmer for just an hour to blend the flavors and tenderize the veggies.
What Should I Serve with Chili?
Toppings time! Some of our favorite chili toppings are:
- grated cheese
- sour cream
- avocado chunks
- chopped cilantro
- green onions
- pico de gallo
As far as menu pairings, a fresh, bright green salad goes perfectly well with a slow cooker beef chili. Our kids love to dip tortilla chips in their chili, too. Also try our spiced cornbread which is never better than when dunked into a bowl of chili!
More Satisfying Dinner Ideas
Slow Cooker Chili
This hearty slow cooker beef chili gets a boost of flavor, color, and nutrition from lots of tender veggies.
Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat breaking it up into small pieces. Dice onion and add it to the skillet and saute until tender.
Add to the skillet the minced garlic, bell pepper, carrots and zucchini as well as all of the spices: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and oregano. Saute just until the flavors are released – about a minute. Add everything to a 6 quart slow cooker.
Add frozen corn, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, and water. Give everything a stir and set to high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
Serve warm with grated cheese, sour cream, cilantro, green onions, or any other topping you love.
Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 539mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g
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