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This easy set-and-forget slow cooker chili is perfect year round, whether it's game day, a cold winter's day or a summer cookout.

Easy Slow Cooker Chili

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  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 servings 1x


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 31 oz (2 15.5 oz cans) cooked red kidney beans, dark or light according to preference
  • 28 oz (3 1/2 cups) red salsa

Chili Seasoning:

  • 3 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, separating into sizable chunks of your preference.
  2. Drain the beef, then place in the slow cooker.
  3. Add the beans, salsa and chili seasoning to the beef and stir to combine. If using canned beans, drain and rinse first.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  5. Stir and serve warm.


If you decide to use a seasoning packet, Williams Chili seasoning is my brand of choice. You only need 1 packet for this recipe.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Southern