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Slow cooker beef chilli

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Slow cooker beef chilli is a real Winter warming dish and it is very straightforward to prepare. I am a huge fan of using my slow cooker, especially during Winter.

I love being able to throw everything together and then at the end of the day, there is a lovely meal. By documenting my slow cooker recipes I’ve been able to start being more consistent with the taste and thickness of sauces too!

Meal planning with mince is a great way to save money on groceries. Meal planning always helps me with my money saving challenges as groceries are one area you can cut back and save quite a few pounds every week!

Anyway, this slow cooker beef chilli is a firm favourite in our home and here is a little sneak peek at the end result. If you want to get on with cooking this then skip near the end of this post for my slow cooker beef chilli recipe card. If you want to make a super fast chilli then be sure to check out my Ninja Foodi beef chilli.

Be sure to check out my slow cooker tips while you’re here too.

Slow cooker beef chilli and nachos on a white plate

Ingredients for slow cooker beef chilli:

Ingredients for slow cooker beef chilli: beef mince, yellow and red peppers, onions, red kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, garlic granules, ground cumin, oregano, paprika and mild chilli powder alongside a green chopping board

300g beef mince (you can used diced beef or cubed beef if you prefer for a chunkier texture)

80g lentils

2 onions

Mixed peppers

A tin of kidney beans

A tin of chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon of chilli powder

1/2 tablespoon of smoked paprika

2 teaspoons of oregano

2 teaspoons of cumin

A square of dark chocolate – I used 85% green & blacks as I already had this in

3 garlic cloves

One fresh chilli

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Method for slow cooker beef chilli

You can start by browning off the onions and mince if you choose. I don’t bother personally. The end result is still delicious. The slow cooker ensures that things are cooked thoroughly and safely.

I personally let this slow cook for around 8 hours on low. You could cook this in 4 hours on high or leave it even longer on low if you are going to be busy. It is a really forgiving dish that needs no attention.

Serving suggestion for this beef chilli:

This is quite a versatile dish. You could serve it with tortillas.  You could turn the tortillas into tortilla chips. You could also serve on top of a baked potato, with a salad, as a pizza topping or with rice. Leftovers can be frozen, as they have now been cooked. Leftovers are quick to defrost in the microwave too.

Slow cooker beef chilli on tortilla chips with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and nacho cheese sauce

Tomato and chilli salsa is delicious on top of this chilli!

ALL of the slow cooker recipes on this website have been cooked using a Ninja Foodi OL750UK, or a previous Ninja multi-cooker model, but you can use ANY slow cooker, as timings should be very similar.

How to make my slow cooker beef chill:

slow cooker beef chilli

A beef mince slow cooker chilli that is ideal for jacket potatoes, chilli beef nachos, served with rice in fajitas and much more!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef, mince
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 3 servings
Calories 367 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 300 g beef mince 5%
  • 80 g lentils
  • 2 onions
  • Mixed peppers
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 1 square of dark chocolate
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 fresh chopped chilli


  1. Brown the onions and mince. (Optional) 

  2. Put everything into your slow cooker.

  3. Slow cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 

Recipe Notes

You can leave longer if needed.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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A bowl of slow cooker beef chilli
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