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Easy Slow-Cooker Chili Recipe

The Ultimate Easiest and Most Comforting Slow-Cooker Chili

Look, even if you're not a slow cooker believer, you will be after trying this chili. It's a set-it-and-forget-it kind of recipe involving only a handful of ingredients. I added pureed pumpkin to this recipe after having great success with this vegan pumpkin chili, and I highly recommend it. The pumpkin thickens the chili and gives it an even creamier, richer consistency. Also, if you're afraid that the beans won't cook after the allotted time — don't be! They maintain their shape yet are perfectly cooked though.

Slow-Cooker Beef Chili

Slow-Cooker Beef Chili

Easy Slow-Cooker Chili


1 pound ground beef
1 (15-ounce) can tomato puree
1 cup dried beans, rinsed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
4-5 cups beef stock
Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
1(15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and/or avocado slices, for serving


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine beef, tomato puree, beans, onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, stock, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir together then stir in pumpkin puree.
  2. Cover, and cook on high 6 hours (or on low 8 hours). Serve chili topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and/or avocado.

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Anna-Monette-Roberts Anna-Monette-Roberts 3 years
I tried this recipe out a few weeks ago, and I used tomato sauce, not tomato puree. It worked out fine!
Dave14898679 Dave14898679 3 years
So in the picture I see a can of sauce and puree, but the recipe doesn't have sauce. I wonder if it should.
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
thanks syako!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 6 years
I love my slow cooker, I don't know what I would do without it. This chili recipe sounds delicious and will def have to try it.
syako syako 6 years
Jeli, I don't know about this recipe, but I've made a bean bake slow cooker recipe with canned beans and they sat in that thing the whole 8 hours and tasted DELICIOUS! :) So I think you should be fine.
jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
I love the idea of using dried beans instead of canned...but if you used canned, do you put them in at the beginning or will they be overcooked? On a separate note, I'm in the middle of slow-cooking some mongolian beef right now...yum.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm SO going to try this! I've been looking for more recipes that use my slow cooker lately. Thanks for posting this!
partysugar partysugar 6 years
I used chicken because it's what I had on hand. Nothing needs to be done before hand! Just dump it all in.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
you don't need to brown the meat first???????
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