Easy Chili Recipe


Want an easy chili recipe? Here's a slow cooker chili -- just put everything in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to dinner! That's quick prep! You can make changes to the main recipe to suit your fancy. Serve it as a soup or thicken to serve it over hot cooked rice. Omit the beans. Add mushrooms (my favorite). Add extra veggies. You choose!

This is surely the easiest way how to make chili. Using a slow cooker means that there's no standing at the stove, stirring for hours to make sure things don't burn. If you really want to make this quicker, you can always do it on the stove. You just do need to stir it frequently so that the chili doesn't settle and burn on the bottom!

I love using my new Cuisinart Slow Cooker!

Not only is it a slow cooker, but it's a Multicooker!

That means it can be used to quickly brown or sauté the meat  (up to 400 °F) before setting it to slow cook (at various temps) ... and there's a 'steam' option!

With a 24-hour timer and an automatic Keep Warm feature, I LOVE this!

Easy Chili Recipe


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup whole tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 cup ground tomatoes (canned)
  • 2 cups kidney beans (canned), drained
  • 1 cup mushroom pieces (canned), drained (optional)
  • 1 cup chopped green/red peppers (optional)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Place everything in the slow cooker. 
  • Cover and cook on Low for about 5 - 7 hours.
  • Season with extra salt and/or pepper and/or chili powder.
  • If sauce seems too thin, uncover the slow cooker for the last hour and turn to high.
  • Makes 6 servings.

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  • Add some diced celery, chopped carrots, canned and drained chickpeas.
  • Thicken sauce with cornstarch (dissolve about 2 tbsp cornstarch in some cold water) and add to simmering sauce.
  • Serve this as a sauce over hot cooked rice.

Chili Facts ...

Usually called Chili con carne, meaning chili with meat, this dish is supposed to be a spicy stew which contains chili peppers, meat, and, depending on taste, tomatoes and/or beans.

There are so many variations for this, from the level of spiciness to the inclusion or exclusion of various ingredients. Where chili originated is a widely contested 'fact' ... with Mexico or Texas being the most likely winners. 

Is chili German?

Absolutely NOT!

But, it tastes so good and our family loves it. In fact, I make it quite often in a super large pot so that there will be LOTS of leftovers!

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