I love, love, love using my crockpot to make chili. Crockpots (AKA slow cookers) are seriously one of the most underrated kitchen gadgets out there. I find they make life so much easier and when you use a crockpot for chili, it is just that much better! The longer you simmer a delicious batch of chili, the better it is. This crockpot ground beef chili is very mild but it is still a very tasty chili. It is the perfect recipe to toss in your crockpot.
Is this recipe spicy?
No, this is a very mild beef chili. There are no jalapenos or chiles in this recipe. It is very light on spice! So whether you’re looking for a good recipe for your family or are just not a fan of spicy food, you’ll love this mild beef chili in the crockpot.
What do I need to make this beef chili?
For this crockpot ground beef chili with beans, you’ll need:
- Olive oil
- White onion
- Yellow bell pepper
- Lean ground beef
- Kidney beans
- Garbanzo beans or white beans
- Pinto beans
- Diced tomatoes (canned)
- Tomato paste
- Garlic powder
- Chili powder
So, no beans or beans?
I prefer chili with beans. I think they add a nice texture to chili.
What goes well with this recipe?
I love to serve this chili over corn chips with a side of diced red onion, shredded cheddar, and sour cream. I am also a huge fan of serving corn bread with chili, especially yellow cake mix corn bread because I think the sweetness in this corn bread really pairs well with the savory chili.
How lean should the beef be?
I recommend using 85% lean or higher in this recipe, if possible.
Do I have to use beef?
If you don’t want to use beef in this recipe you could substitute ground turkey or ground bison. You can also leave the meat out all together since this recipe has plenty of beans!
Can you put raw meat in crockpot for chili?
While, I love that for most crockpot recipes you can just toss everything in and go, I don’t recommend putting raw ground beef in the crockpot. It becomes clumpy and greasy. If you are a frequent user of your crockpot, brown up some ground beef (or ground turkey) and drain the fat. Let it cool and then lay it flat to freeze in a freezer friendly zip lock bag. You can easily grab it the night before and then toss it in your crockpot with everything else the next day to make this recipe that much easier.
Is chili better in the slow cooker or crockpot?
I feel like chili is better in your crockpot. I think cooking chili for a long time really brings out the flavors.
How do I make this recipe?
First, you’ll need to gather the ingredients for this recipe. You’ll need:
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 white onion finely chopped (set aside ¼ of the onion for garnishing if desired)
- 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
- 1 pound of ground beef (lean)
- 1 can of kidney beans
- 1 can of garbanzo beans (or white beans)
- 1 can of pinto beans
- 1 can of diced tomatoes in juice (do not drain)
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
For garnishing (optional), you’ll need:
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar
- Diced onion
- Corn chips or corn bread
Begin by spraying your crockpot with non-stick spray. Brown your ground beef and then drain any fat. Add the beef, onion, and bell pepper to your crockpot. Rinse the cans of beans and add them to the crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and spices and stir well. Add 1/3 cup of water and then cook on low for six to eight hours. This recipe can be cooked longer if you need to leave it simmering while you’re at work, just add 1/2 cup of water instead of just 1/3. Serve with diced onions, shredded cheddar and sour cream on top of corn chips.
Crockpot Mild Beef Chili with Beans
For the chili
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 white onion finely chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper finely chopped
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 can kidney beans
- 1 can garbanzo beans or white beans
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can diced tomatoes in juice do not drain
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- sour cream
- shredded cheddar
- diced onion
- corn chips or corn bread
- Begin by spraying your crockpot with non-stick spray.
- Brown your ground beef and then drain any fat. Add the beef, onion, and bell pepper to your crockpot.
- Rinse the cans of beans and add them to the crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and spices and stir well.
- Add 1/3 cup of water and then cook on low for six to eight hours. This recipe can be cooked longer if you need to leave it simmering while you're at work, just add 1/2 cup of water instead of just 1/3.
- Serve with diced onions, shredded cheddar and sour cream on top of corn chips.
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