Slow Cooker Texas Chili Recipe (2024)

Slow Cooker Texas Chili is perfect for a busy day! Throw your ingredients into the slow cooker and have dinner ready to go. Don't have a slow cooker? We'll show you how to make Texas Chili in your Instant Pot too!

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Who doesn’t love a big bowl of chili on a cold winter night?

Chili has always been a favorite of ours! Growing up, our mom served slow cooker chili every Halloween! We had to finish our bowl before we could go trick-or-treating. Not a bad incentive on getting your kids to eat their whole meal!

I love that I can throw this into my slow cooker in the morning and have a hot delicious bowl of Slow Cooker Chili when dinner rolls around.

We have a lot of chili recipes on SixSistersStuff. You’ve probably tried our Mom’s Slow Cooker Chili, our White Chicken Chili, or our Best Homemade Chili!

Texas Chili vs Regular Chili

Did you know Texas Chili is not like regular homemade chili? This recipe originated from a friend in Texas, so we’ve always called it Texas Chili! After posting, we were surprised at how controversial the beans or no beans conversation was.

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Historically, Texas Chili is typically a chili with beef and a chili sauce base. Most Texas Chili recipes don’t have beans or tomatoes like regular chili.

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In this recipe, we just couldn’t live without the beans or the tomatoes, so we’ve included both! If you’re looking for a traditional Texas Chili Recipe without beans or tomatoes, you should definitely check out this Homemade Texas Chili!

What we love most about this Slow Cooker Texas Chili:

  • A thick and delicious soup that fills you up! Anyone else’s husband complain about being hungry after you serve soup for dinner? Not with this recipe!
  • I considered naming this Easy Texas Chili because of how quick you can throw it together. It takes a few minutes to brown the beef, but the rest is just dumping ingredients.
  • Texas Chili is so easy to adjust! Don’t like it spicy? Leave out some of the chili powder or red pepper flakes. Want it more spicy? Add more! Everyone will love your homemade chili.

Can you Freeze slow cooker chili?

This recipe should serve around 8 people, but don’t worry if you can’t eat the whole thing! Slow Cooker Texas Chili can easily be stored in the freezer and saved for another day.

To freeze this recipe, let the chili cool to a warm temperature (just turn off your slow cooker and leave the lid open for an hour or so!) and pour your extra chili into a large freezer bag.

You may want to double up on bags, just to avoid any leaking in your freezer.

You can keep it in your freezer for up to 30 days and it will taste as fresh as the day you made it!

To reheat, let it thaw in your fridge for 24 hours. Place your soup into the slow cooker and heat on low 2-3 hours until it’s hot and bubbling again.

To make Texas Chili into a freezer meal, just follow the directions in the post below, but place all of the ingredients in the freezer bag and not the slow cooker.

You’ll want to make sure you cook your ground beef before you place it in the freezer. We also recommend labeling your freezer bags with the date, name of the recipe, and cooking instructions so you know exactly what you need to do when you’re ready to eat it.

Looking for another simple and delicious chili recipe? Try our Wendy’s Copycat Chili recipe!

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How to make slow cooker Texas Chili:

Let’s get to the recipe! Here’s what you’ll need to make Homemade Texas Chili:

Ingredients for Texas Chili

  1. 1 pound ground beef —ground turkey works here too!
  2. 1 large onion, diced
  3. 2 green bell peppers, diced
  4. 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers
  5. 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
  6. 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  7. 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  8. 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  9. 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  10. 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  11. 1 Tablespoon cumin
  12. 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  13. 1 Tablespoon sugar
  14. 1 teaspoon salt
  15. 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  16. dash red pepper flakes, optional


In a large saucepan, brown ground beef and diced onion on medium heat. You’ll want to make sure your ground beef is completely cooked through for your slow cooker chili.

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Pour your remaining ingredients into the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Be careful! Your slow cooker will be very full at this point.

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Place your lid onto your slow cooker and cook on LOW for 4-6 hoursor HIGH for 2-3 hours

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Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, and a bag of Fritos corn chips – or any of your other favorite toppings.

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How to make Homemade Texas Chili in your Instant Pot.

Don’t have enough time to make this in your slow cooker? No worries! You can make Texas Chili in your Instant Pot. Here’s how you’ll do it.

  1. Preheat your Instant Pot to SAUTÉ.
  2. Cook ground beef along with your onions until your meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add other ingredients and stir until combine.
  4. Replace lid and set your top knob to SEALING.
  5. Now press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK and cook for 25 minutes, then do a quick release.
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Serves: 7

Slow Cooker Texas Chili Recipe

This Slow Cooker Texas Chili may be a little different than you're used to! We've added beans and tomatoes for a filling and delicious soup. You can't go wrong with chili on a cold day!

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 6 hours hrs

Total Time 6 hours hrs 15 minutes mins



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 green bell peppers diced
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers (drained)
  • 14 ounces beef broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • dash red pepper flakes optional

Optional Toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1 (9.25 ounce) bag Frito corn chips


  • In a large saucepan, brown ground beef and diced onion.

  • Drain the grease from the meat and add meat to slow cooker.

  • Pour remaining ingredients on top and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours.

  • Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions, and a bag of Fritos corn chips – or any of your other favorite chili toppings.


  • Texas Chili is so easy to adjust! Don’t like it spicy? Leave out some of the chili powder or red pepper flakes. Want it more spicy? Add more! Everyone will love your homemade chili.


Calories: 579 kcal · Carbohydrates: 58 g · Protein: 30 g · Fat: 27 g · Saturated Fat: 10 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g · Trans Fat: 1 g · Cholesterol: 74 mg · Sodium: 1555 mg · Potassium: 1382 mg · Fiber: 12 g · Sugar: 12 g · Vitamin A: 1972 IU · Vitamin C: 51 mg · Calcium: 320 mg · Iron: 7 mg


  • Slow Cooker

Recipe Details

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Tex-Mex

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  1. john says:

    Real Chili does not contain beans so I don't think this recipe originated in Texas.

  2. Papa Bob says:

    John is right, real Texas Chili doesn't have beans.

  3. Unfairbeef says:

    I wish people would stop saying this. We have clearly moved to a point in history where recipes can have minor differences and still be classified as the same dish. Especially chili. When you speak of chili without beans, you actually mean to reference chili gravy; meant to go on or with something, even beans. Do people even have any reason for this? Is a hamburger not a hamburger because it has ketchup on it? I just feel like people parrot this comment without reason. Do the beans fundamentally change the chili? Does it taste and appear completely differently? Then, why are people trying to say it's something else and not chili?

  4. Debbie B says:

    I commented once but included a link and I guess maybe that isn't allowed (comment isn't showing). Anyhow, no one alive today was there when the first bowl of chili was invented so there should be no arguing as to whether or not beans were or were not included. Both are delicious in my opinion so who really cares? *shrug* Certainly not me! Interesting read on chili cook off dot com backslash history backslash history_ of_ chili dot asp

  5. Leann says:

    Well, I am 100% from Texas and I eat chili both ways. I agree, surely we have evolved past certain stereotypes and "rules". If you like beans, add beans. If you don't, leave them out! The beans do not make or break a bowl of chili! Its all about the meat and the seasonings. Personally, I think adding beans just ups the protein without adding additional calories from meat.

  6. Fred says:

    To answer your Q, there is no reason to call this Texas chili. I was born, raised, live in Texas. If the folks did their research, they would find chili was born in Texas. On the cattle trail, they had plenty of beans and they had beans in the chili. Very seldom did they have tomatoes. No time to plant a garden. No ground beef. They used chunks of beef, dried peppers, onions, even added potatoes and most anything they had, such as prickly pear. Soaked the juices with campfire sourdough bread. Personally, I like beans in my chili.

  7. Phillip Vierke says:

    Fred is absolutely right. His answer and reasoning for it are sound. I arrived in Texas in 1983 and I can assure you of this. If you mention ground beef in the same sentence as chili a true Texan will grab you up and tie you to the nearest whipping post until you can recite the Texas chili recipe, beans or not, flawlessly! Not too sure about the taters, but if not in the pot how about chili over hash browns instead of rice? Just thinking! By the way, Phil's 1st. rule of cooking: You're not really cooking until you mess with it and make it yours!

  8. kaid says:

    Just wanted to say I've made this recipe a few times and I absolutely love it. Is now my go to chili recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Brittney says:

    What would the serving size and calories be

  10. Cyd says:

    Hi Brittney, Just click on the MAGIC button under the picture on the recipe post. Then click on NUTRITION. It will give you all of the nutritional info on the recipe.

  11. Elder Ambassador says:

    Real Chili does NOT contain hamburger, it has only cut up pieces of the toughest cuts of beef. Beans are added to real and faux chile as an extender to mollify kids of all ages, including me.

  12. anna says:

    will this freeze?

  13. Cyd says:

    Yes, you could freeze any leftovers in an airtight freezer container for another meal later on.

  14. Kristin says:

    I just wanted to thank you for being the 1st in the comments to actually talk about the recipe and not continue to bicker back and forth about the bean issue. It's sad that today people always have to make something out of nothing, and people always have something to say about someone or something! When I came across this recipe it NEVER ONCE crossed my mind about the bean issue. Just simply looking for an easy crock pot "chili"! Thank you again!

  15. Teresa Shipley says:

    I like any chili with bean but I mash them and r cut them up first.

  16. Keeprup says:

    As I read through this thread of super Texas Chili Chefs I find the only item left in the recipe is the bottle of beer during the building of this fine recipe. I think I will double my recipe and have 2.............. Thanks guys

  17. Meg Newton says:

    This recipe makes GOOD chili.Thank you so much for the recipe. It was the perfect meal for a busy and rainy day!!

  18. Cyd says:

    Hi Meg. Thanks for letting us know that you liked our Slow Cooker Texas Chili Recipe. It is perfect for a cold fall day!

  19. Nancy says:

    I’m in Florida, the heat index today is close to 100 degrees, this recipe sounds so good it’s cooking up in my crock pot right now 😉😊

  20. Savannah Britt says:

    This is the best chili recipe I have EVER MADE!!!

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Slow Cooker Texas Chili Recipe (2024)


How long can you leave chili in a crockpot on low? ›

6–8 hours. If it is ground beef and beans, 6 hours is good. If it is regular meat then 8 will be more tender.

What is the difference between Texas chili and regular chili? ›

What primarily distinguishes Texas chili from other chili recipes you might find is a lack of beans, but it also doesn't feature any tomatoes. It is, largely, a ground beef dish that's seasoned with a spicy chili paste made of dried peppers.

Do you have to brown meat before slow cooker chili? ›

Do you have to brown the meat for slow cooker chili? Technically, no. The beef, bell pepper, onion, and garlic will all cook in the slow cooker, but browning the meat and sautéing the vegetables in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker brings much more flavor to the chili. You'll be glad you did—promise!

Can you overcook chili in a slow cooker? ›

Yes, but it would take a while. I have cooked this chili for 9 hours on low and it was delicious but ever-so-slightly burnt on the top. The tomatoes contain sugar, which caramelizes in the slow cooker, and will eventually burn if it cookes for too long. Anything longer than 10 hours on low is risky.

Is 4 hours long enough for chili? ›

Saute onions and add the ground beef. Add to slow cooker with remaining ingredients except for cheese; stir. Cover with lid. Cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours (or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours).

Is it OK to leave crockpot on low overnight? ›

Yes, it's safe to leave a slow cooker on when you leave the house. The purpose of a slow cooker is to allow you to cook while you aren't home. Slow cookers simmer food slowly, killing bacteria and raising meat to the perfect internal temperature.

What does Texas chili not have? ›

An authentic Texas Chili, or chili con carne, will not have beans. Simple answer. When this recipe/dish originated, there were no beans, no onion, no tomato added. There was a concern that it would resemble a stew and not a chili.

What do you eat with Texas chili? ›

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What are some interesting facts about Texas chili? ›

The Texas prison system made such good chili that freed inmates often wrote for the recipe, saying what they missed most after leaving prison was a good bowl of chili. Texas chili spread nationally when Texans from San Antonio set up a chili stand at the Chicago Exposition in 1893.

Should I put garlic in my chili? ›

Many chili recipes call for ground chili powder, which is a mix of dried ground chiles and other spices like garlic and onion powder. But that doesn't mean you should skip using fresh garlic and onions in your chili. They add a depth of flavor the dried stuff can't match.

Does chili taste better in the crockpot? ›

1: The slow cooker. The slow cooker yields tasty and tender chili results, but it's time-intensive and soupy. The slow cooker, true to its name, is the most time-consuming method we tried.

Can I just put beef in the slow cooker raw? ›

Yes! that is one of the best way to cook meats! Put in some raw beef brisket, leave it in for the 6+ hours, and once it is ready…it is so tender! Slow cookers are so great as you can just throw everything in and no need to worry about it.

What cannot be cooked in a slow cooker? ›

10 Foods You Should Never Make in a Slow Cooker
  1. Raw Meat.
  2. Seafood.
  3. Pasta.
  4. Rice.
  5. Delicate Vegetables.
  6. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.
  7. Dairy.
  8. Wine and Other Liquor.
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Should I drain beans for chili? ›

However, canned beans are soaked in a canning liquid that can throw off your dish's seasoning and texture, so it's best to drain and rinse your beans before pouring them into your pot of chili. Canning liquid can also water down and dilute the flavors of your chili.

Can I leave the crockpot on warm overnight? ›

Don't leave it on 'warm' all day

Most appliances will automatically shut off after 20 or so hours on this setting, but you shouldn't leave food in a slow cooker for an extended length of time. The general rule of thumb is that 2-4 hours is the maximum length of time you can leave food in a slow cooker on warm.

Can I leave chili in crockpot on low overnight? ›

'” So here's the verdict when it comes to chili food safety: You can leave it in the slow cooker for hours after it's done cooking if the cooker is set to the “low” or “keep warm” setting.

Can I leave my crockpot on low for 12 hours? ›

People do this all the time, but many aren't truly confident that it's 100 percent safe — I, for one, am one of those people. So I did a little digging to get the hard facts. The truth is, yes, leaving the slow cooker on and going about your day is safe, as long as you are using the appliance properly.

Can you cook chili on low for 8 hours? ›

The Best Way to Cook Chili:

The low and slow cooking process melds the flavors of the chili seasoning into every bite and the beef becomes so tender, juicy, and irresistible. You can slow cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high heat for 3-4 hours.

Is it OK to let chili simmer all day? ›

If you have time to make it the day before or early in the day and can let it simmer all day, your chili will go from good to AMAZING. Simmering all day allows the meat, beans, and onions to soften and the flavors to meld together. There's just no substitution for chili that is cooked low and slow all day!

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