Slow Cooker Chilli


This Slow Cooker Chilli really is a one pot wonder! Super easy to throw together in the morning and have it ready for dinner time.

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Despite popular belief this hearty, all-time classic did not actually originate from Mexico. The exact origins are unknown and as with the Minestrone Soup recipe I posted a few weeks ago, there are many different variations and recipes out there.

This is the recipe I’ve used for as long as I can remember, and the way I make it hasn’t changed in all those years.

Well, maybe just the omission of oil and addition of Low calorie cooking spray. The substitution of regular mince with below 5% fat mince and the addition of a pile of speed foods, but that’s it!

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This can be done in the slow cooker, in a pan on the stove or in the oven the choice is yours. I prefer to just chuck it in and leave it to do it’s thing for a few hours so I like to use the slow cooker.

Then just dish it up with whatever you want, rice, chips, jacket potatoes or even Hasselback potatoes and Tabbouleh Salad.

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If you’re like me you’ll remember the slow cookers of old that would splutter and rock, and make all sorts of scary noises! None of that with the Instant Pot – just set the time, close the lid and go. It even keeps your food warm once it’s finished cooking?!

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  1. If you have a slow cooker that has a sauté function spray with some Low calorie cooking spray, allow to heat up and add the onions, garlic, chopped chilli, carrots and peppers. If your slow cooker doesn't have this function sauté the veg in a large frying pan
  2. When the veg starts to soften add the mince and cook until it starts to brown
  3. Stir in the chilli powder, worcestershire sauce, Italian herbs and cook for another minute or so
  4. Add the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes, stir well
  5. Pour in the made up stock, then throw in the remaining veg and stir
  6. If you're using the saute function on your slow cooker, turn it to slow cook put the lid on and leave it for 3 or so hours (on medium to high). If you're using a pan transfer it to your slow cooker and cook for about 3 hours (on medium to high)
  7. After 3 hours taste, add a few drops of hot sauce and Bovril if you're using it and some more chilli if it's not hot enough. Add the washed and drained kidney beans and adjust the seasoning if required.
  8. Allow to cook for another hour or so, then serve with whatever you fancy, we had ours with some Hasselback Potatoes and Tabbouleh Salad

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  1. well off to make this ready for tomorrow night evening meal. I actually have all the ingredients in so that’s me happy

    1. Hi Karen,

      We love slow cooker recipes. Just chuck it all in and leave it to do it’s thing. Hope you enjoy it, it’s one of my favourites!

  2. If using your Instant Pot as a pressure cooker, what would the setting & cooking time be? Many thanks, Marian

    1. Yes it can! Just brown the mince, then set aside. Deglaze with some beef stock and cook on hi pressure for 10 minutes NPR.

  3. OMG I used this recipe tonight, I didn’t use the slow cooker `I cooked it in the hob, I had to make 2 minor changes I only had kidney beans in chilli sauce and I never had any bovril so I used a Knorr beef stock pot, but I have to say its the best chilli recipe I’ve made….delicious, thank you for this re pie 😋😋

  4. How do you make the couscous alongside it? It looks amazing! Making the chilli tonight but would love to know how the couscous has been done x

  5. Could you just bing it all in the slow cooker without sautéing the veg etc first? Looking at doing this tomorrow but very short on time, love a chuck it all in kinda recipe, would be cooking all day while I’m at work so would be cooked through anyway. Tia

  6. Want to give this recipe a go. I’ve done chilli in slow cooker before and it’s always come out a bit runny and watery does this come out like this too?

  7. I have a recipe where all you fry is the meat and then you put everything else in -including the kidney beans – and eave it on slow for 7 hours. Why do you only add the ebans for the last hour- making it not great if you want to come home to a cooked meal?
    Im also tempted to not fry the meat as I dont have time for that before I go to work, but so far have used it a the weekend only so I can do that.

  8. Recently tried the instant pot as slow cooker (on one of your recipes – caciatore chicken)
    Found it really cooler than my crock pot
    Upped setting and recooked
    Took ages and chicken still not fall off bone
    then did pressure cook – although got burn notice
    Do you find instant pot slow cooker temperatures lower than normal slow cooker?
    Lots on instant pot facebook page said the same

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