How to Make Homemade Chili in a Slow Cooker

by Julia Michelle

Items you will need

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Ground pork
  • 3 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 1 whole onion - chopped
  • 3 tbs chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 whole green pepper - chopped
  • 1 can of Kidney Beans
  • 2 whole large tomatoes – diced
  • 1 sm can tomato Paste
  • ½ bottle dark beer or stout

Spicy or mild, red or white, chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian - the variations on chili are seemingly endless. But the one thing that holds true for all chilis, they must be hearty and they must be flavorful.

Step 1

Sautee the garlic and onions in a large skillet until translucent

Step 2

Add the meat to the garlic and onions and sautee until brown

Step 3

Add the chilli powder, paprika, cinnamon and cayenne to the browning meat.

Step 4

Transfer the browned meat to the slow cooker, include at least half the fat.

Step 5

Add the green pepper, kidney beans, tomatoes and beer and mix thoroughly

Step 6

Turn the slow cooker to high and let sit until the mixture starts to bubble.

Step 7

Add tomato paste, stir, reduce heat to low and let simmer for between 2 and 8 hours.

Step 8

Serve in individual bowls, garnished with sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese.


  • The longer the chili simmers, the richer the flavor. Serve on a hot dog and top with cheese for a classic "Coney Island" Chili is always better the next day so, for the best flavor, make this recipe a day in advance. Other garnish suggestions: Diced onion, diced tomato, cilantro, oyster crackers. Watching your waist? Substitute ground turkey, chicken or veggie crumbles for the beef and pork.

About the Author

Julia Michelle has been writing professionally since January 2009. Her specialties include massage therapy, computer tech support, land and aquatic personal training, aquatic group fitness and Reiki. She has an Associate in Applied Science from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in integrative medical massage therapy.