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 recipes I’ve been able to start being more consistent with the taste and thickness of sauces too! 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’re looking for some inspiration for other slow cooker recipes then be sure to check out my Easy slow cooker recipes (UK recipes).

Slow cooker beef chilli - A sneak peek at the end result

Ingredients for slow cooker beef chilli

300g beef mince

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

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.

This is what mine looks like before cooking (note the raw onions):

Slow cooker beef chilli - A look at the chilli before it was cooked

I personally let this 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 slow cooker beef chilli

This is quite a versatile dish. You could serve it with tortillas (find my recipe here).  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.

How to make my slow cooker beef chill:

slow cooker beef chilli

Course Main Course
Keyword beef
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 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. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. 

Recipe Notes

You can leave longer if needed.

Products I use when making my slow cooker beef chilli:

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*Joseph Joseph Chopping Boards / *Triple Slow Cooker

Want to check out some of my other recipes? Get some mealtime inspiration now!

Like this slow cooker beef chilli recipe? Fancy trying another one of my slow cooker recipes? Here are some great ones:

Slow cooker whole chicken uk recipe

Chicken curry in the slow cooker

Slow cooker beef keema curry

Chicken nachos in the slow cooker

Slow cooker cottage pie

Gammon joint with balsamic glaze

Slow cooker beef casserole – super lazy version!

You can also read my meal planning with mince post for more inspiration on what to do with leftover mince.

Why not try one of these fantastic slow cooker accessories:

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*Toastabags / *Meat Shredder Claws / *Digital Thermometer / *Heat Resistant Mitts / *Meat Lifter

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Slow cooker beef chilli - A warming, spicy, chilli that is cheap to make and can simmer in the slow cooker while you're out.

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