Easy Crockpot Chili – Perfect For Busy Families

Easy Crockpot Chili – there is nothing better than a bowl on a chilly winter or fall day.  But this family favourite is perfect all year long.  Hearty, spicy, filling and cooks while you are out and about… the perfect meal for busy on the go people!

Sauteé the beef onions, throw all the ingredients in a crockpot and 3 hours later when you come back… lunch or dinner is served!

Easy Crockpot Chili

This Easy Crockpot Chili recipe is not only great tasting but is 21 Day Fix Approved! For those of you who are not sure what 21 Day Fix is it is a workout and nutrition plan from Beachbody which uses a container system to help plan meals.  I have been doing their home workouts for years now and love it and try to stick to this container program.  It is really just a way to count the foods you are eating to lose or maintain weight.  It just helps me keep track and works for me and many people I know.

Some of my other favourite 21 Day Fix Recipes are:

Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad

Baja Fish Tacos with Mexican Lime Crema

Coconut Vanilla Shakeology Balls

Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Breakfast Loaf

How To Make Chili in a Slow Cooker or Crockpot

Preparing the Beef

I prefer to make this Easy Crockpot Chili with extra lean ground beef but it can also be made with lean ground turkey.   If turkey chili is your preference you might also want to check out this Turkey Chili Recipe.

In a large pan on medium-high heat add 2 lbs of extra lean ground beef.  Using a wooden spoon or spatula break up the meat while it is cooking.  I like to cover the meat while it is cooking lifting the lid and breaking up the meat once in a while so that it cooks a little faster.

Cook until the beef is no longer pink.  Drain the fat from the pan and put the meat in the slow cooker.

Preparing the Veggies!

Finely chop the onions, garlic and green peppers.  Add them into the pan on medium heat and sauteé until the green peppers soften and the onions begin to turn translucent.  There is no need to add oil to the pan because there will be leftover fat from the beef to prevent the veggies from sticking. If you are planning to add jalapenos or another type of pepper this is where you would add them along with the green peppers. Remove from heat and add the veggie mixture to the ground beef in the crockpot.

Add one can of crushed tomatoes and 1 can of kidney beans that are well-drained and rinsed to remove the starch.

Let’s Get Spicy!

I prefer not to use pre-packaged seasonings because they usually contain too much salt and additives I can’t pronounce.  In this recipe, I have included the recipe for homemade chili seasoning.  Makes double what you need and when done store it in an airtight container and use it for the next time!

In a small bowl add 4 tbsp of chili powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1 tsp dried oregano, 2 tsp paprika, 2 tbsp ground cumin, 3 tsp sea salt, 2 tsp black pepper and stir to mix well.  Adjust the spiciness by adding in more cayenne or chili powder to your liking.

Add half of this spice mixture to the beef and veggie mixture in the crockpot.

Then add 2 cups of low-sodium beef broth and mix well.  It may look very thick to start but that is ok because I find that as the chili cooks in the slow cooker the steam adds more liquid to the chili along the way.  If your crockpot is different feel free to add more beef broth to create the consistency you prefer but do this when it almost is done cooking.  You don’t want to add too much liquid at the beginning and then it ends up too runny in the end.

Cover and turn crockpot on to medium and allow to cook for about 2-3 hours stirring occasionally if possible.  If you are going to be on the run longer simply turn the temperature down.  The chili is cooked at this point this cooking time is more about heating up the beans and tomatoes and allowing the flavours to come together.

Can I Make This Chili On The Stove?

For sure!  You just can’t leave the house while the stove is on.  Follow the same instructions but instead place all the ingredients in a large stockpot with a heavy bottom over low heat and let simmer for 2 hours.

What To Serve Chili With?

Chili is a whole meal in itself but if you want a little more nacho chips, garlic bread or toast go really well with chili.  You may also like to have a side lettuce salad for some extra veggies.

What Kind Of Toppings Are Best On Chili?

    • Sour Cream
    • Sliced Green Onions
    • Sliced Avocado
    • Crumbled Tortilla Chips
    • Shredded Cheese
    • All of the Above

Easy Crockpot Chili Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Overhead shot of a bowl of chili on a wood table garnished with avocado, sour cream with some shredded cheese nearby
Easy Crockpot Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins

This crockpot chili recipe is not only easy to make and great tasting but is also 21 Day Fix Approved! 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 1 cup servings
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Alisa Infanti | Livin' Well
  • 2 lb extra lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 can low sodium kidney beans rinsed
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped seeds removed
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalepeno pepper finely chopped seeds removed I use only 1/2 if kids eating
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese cheddar and/or mozzarella
  • 4 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  1. In a frying pan brown meat until no longer pink. Drain fat from meat well and add to crockpot.
  2. Add onions, garlic, green peppers and jalepeno to the frying pan and sweat until onions are transparent and green pepper soften a little. Then add to crockpot.
  3. Add kidney beans, crushed tomatoes and beef broth to crockpot and stir.
  4. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of Chili Seasoning and mix well. Taste and add more depending on preference.
  5. Simmer on low for the day or on high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve topped with some shredded cheese
Chili Seasoning: (Recipe Adopted from My Baking Addiction)
  1. Combine chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, paprika, cumin, sea salt and black pepper in a small bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container for later use up to one year.
Recipe Notes

For those following the 21 Day Fix or 80 Day Obsession Meal Plans:

1/2 ❤; 1/2 💛; 1/2 💜and 1/4💚 per cup of chili

Nutrition Facts
Easy Crockpot Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 354
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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