Easy Slow Cooker Chili

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.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 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 c.) red salsa

Chili Seasoning:

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


  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat, separating into sizeable chunks of your preference. I prefer mine very thin.
  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 be sure to drain and rinse first
  4. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook for 8 hours on low/4 hours on high.
  5. Stir again after cooking and serve warm.


If you decide to use a seasoning packet, Williams Chili seasoning is my brand of choice. No msg, preservatives, fillers, artificial flavors or colors. You only need 1 packet for this recipe.

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