Slow Cooker Beef Chili is a classic chili recipe with one special ingredient that makes it THE BEST chili recipe I’ve ever made! This chili recipe can be made right away in the slow cooker, or it can be made into a freezer meal for an easy weeknight dinner any time!
When the weather turns cooler, slow cooker recipes are my go-to for any night of the week. I love making different types of chili recipes, especially on game day, but nothing quite compares to a bowl of classic beef chili. Along with a big piece of cornbread? Now we’re talking!
Best yet – all of my kids love chili and cornbread (and it almost always guarantees it will be a bath night – ha!), which means there are absolutely no complaints around the dinner table. There’s nothing better than a bunch of well-fed, happy kiddos!
I love making this Slow Cooker Beef Chili, because I love how flavorful chili is after cooking in a slow cooker all day. After six to eight hours of cooking, this beef chili is so full of flavor!
What You’ll Need
Ground Beef – I like to buy organic ground beef from Costco – it’s a great deal!
Red Bell Pepper
Spices – chili powder, cumin, salt, and smoked paprika give this chili a ton of flavor!
Baked Beans – my secret ingredient! I also use this in my turkey chili, and I love the hint of sweetness it adds to the chili.
How to Make Freezer Chili
This recipe is so easy to make into a freezer meal. Simply cook the ground beef on the stovetop, and then add the rest of the ingredients along with the cooked beef to a freezer bag. Freeze until you’re ready to cook. Once you’re ready, thaw the freezer bag in the refrigerator overnight. Then follow the cooking directions for the slow cooker. So easy!
This chili recipe truly is a family favorite of ours. It’s perfect for a chilly autumn or winter evening – what’s cozier than a bowl of chili?! My suggestion? Make a double batch – one for tonight and one for the freezer. You will definitely thank yourself later!