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Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

An easy slow cooker chili recipe with Ground Beef, beans, tomato sauce, and the best homemade chili seasoning. It putters away in the slow cooker for the juiciest beef and rich flavor.

Thank you to Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. on behalf of the Beef Checkoff for sponsoring this Slow Cooker Chili recipe. I received compensation, but all opinions are my own.

Slow Cooker chili served in a bowl garnished with cheese, sour cream and avocado

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The Best Way to Cook Chili:

Slow Cooking chili is a classic way to cook chili. It’s the easiest chili because you can set it and forget it and this is how the award-winning chilis are achieved. 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.

Chili in a slow cooker with spoon

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chili:

  • Ground Beef – no other protein does it quite like beef and Ground Beef tastes amazing. We use lean (90/10 or 93/7) to eliminate the need to spoon out excess fat. If yours has a higher fat content, you can spoon out the excess fat when it renders in the skillet.
  • Onion – we love a generous amount of onion because it adds amazing sweet notes to the chili and disappears into the chili as it slow cooks.
  • Beans – you can change up the beans based on what you have on hand, but the classic beans for chili are kidney beans (we love dark red), and black beans. Be sure to rinse and drain the beans in a colander for the best chili consistency and color.
  • Tomatoes & Tomato Sauce – We love the combination of canned diced tomatoes (with their juice) as well as tomato sauce to give the chili a saucy consistency with great texture. For added flavor, we add a can of diced tomatoes and green chilis.
  • Chili Seasoning – we make a simple homemade blend with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and pepper.

Ingredients for chili with ground beef, beans, tomatoes, onion and seasonings

Do you Prefer a Spicy Chili?

To keep it kid-friendly, this classic chili is mild and not spicy. If you prefer a spicy chili, you can either add hot sauce to your bowl when serving or if you want the entire batch to be spicier, add an extra tablespoon of Chili Powder and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper to give it a spicy kick.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chili:

Making chili in the slow cooker doesn’t get any easier. It’s as simple as browning the beef and onions then adding all of the canned ingredients to the slow cooker and turning it on. If you have a multicooker with a slow cooker function, you can saute and slow cook all in the same pot.

  1. SAUTE the beef and onions in a skillet then add garlic and seasonings to the pan.
  2. TRANSFER the beef mixture to a 6 Qt Slow Cooker.
  3. ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS – rinsed and drained beans, diced tomatoes with their juice and tomato sauce.
  4. SLOW COOK – cover and set slow cooker on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours then season more to taste if needed.

Making beef chili step by step tutorial

Our Favorite Chili Toppings:

We love to serve this family-style where everyone can build their own chili bowls with the toppings they love. Toppings can vary based on what we have in the fridge, but these are our favorite toppings for chili –

  • Cheese – mild cheddar is the classic choice, but Mexican shredded cheese works equally well
  • Onion – chopped green or red onion adds a fresh pop of color and flavor
  • Avocado – because we can’t help putting avocado on everything, especially chili.
  • Cilantro – for garnish and adding fresh flavor
  • Sour cream – balances the dish (especially great when chili is served over a baked potato)
  • Sliced jalapenos – you can use any hot pepper for a spicy kick

Toppings for chili with avocados, chives, onion, jalapeños, cheese, sour cream and cilantro

How to Serve Chili:

Chili keeps really well in the refrigerator so we love to get creative with leftovers. There are so many ways to serve classic chili and really it can be served almost any time of day. Some of our favorites include:

  1. Chili Cheese Dip – Sprinkle chili with cheddar cheese and serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips.
  2. Chili Dogs – Top a hot dog with chili and shredded cheese to transform it into a chili cheese dog.
  3. Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes – topping a baked potato with hot chili is a delicious gluten-free option and fun way to serve a crowd.
  4. In a Bowl – loaded with all of the toppings and tortilla chips or pita chips on the side (this is our family favorite)!

Crockpot chili served in a bowl garnished with toppings and tortilla chips

Why We Love This Family Friendly Dinner:

With so many families staying home together now, juggling homeschool, and cooking more than ever, it’s a great time to get kids in the kitchen and teach them through cooking. This slow cooker beef chili is a great way to teach your children cooking skills. Children can learn:

  • Food safety tips like washing hands after handling raw meat
  • The importance of using separate plates and utensils for raw and ready to eat foods to prevent cross-contamination
  • How to measure spices and weigh ingredients

If you let kids help with preparing the meal, they are more likely to enjoy eating it. It also makes for a memorable photo-op moment!

Making chili in a slow cooker with kids

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Get the print-friendly recipe below for this Classic Slow Cooker Beef Chili.

Classic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

4.99 from 390 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

An easy Slow Cooker chili recipe with Ground Beef, beans, tomato sauce, and the best homemade chili seasoning. It putters away in the slow cooker for the juiciest beef and rich flavor.

Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $16-$20
Keyword: slow cooker chili
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Course: Main Course
Calories: 340
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lb lean Ground Beef, (90/10 or 93/7)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 15 oz black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz kidney beans, two 15oz cans, drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz diced tomatoes, with their juice
  • 10 oz diced tomatoes and green chilis, with their juice
  • 30 oz tomato sauce

Instructions

  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté beef until it releases fat (4-5 minutes), breaking it up with a spatula.

  2. Add onion to the skillet and sauté until tender (4-5 minutes). Add minced garlic and seasonings: cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Cook another 30 seconds stirring constantly. Transfer to a 6 Qt slow cooker.

  3. Add remaining ingredients into the slow cooker: rinsed and drained beans, diced tomatoes with their juice, diced tomatoes and green chilis with juice and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. Season to taste if desired and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 340 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 889mg39%
Potassium 1356mg39%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 862IU17%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Faith
    June 22, 2022

    hello!
    This looks fantastic.
    I know light/dark kidney beans are great for chili but only have black beans on hand. Ugh! 😀 Would it work if I subbed black beans for the kidney? Thx so much!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 22, 2022

      Hi Faith. That should be fine.

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  • Michael
    May 15, 2022

    This recipe is a keeper. The flavor is excellent I have made this a couple of time now for our church pot luck and i did things like add sausage to it. Our last pot luck i did a vegetarian version, I replace the ground beef for the plant base meat substitute( have you seen the ingredients in that plant base stuff ? yuck) and it still turn out good. Cant go wrong with this recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 15, 2022

      Hi Michael, so glad you loved this recipe. I have not tried that substitution yet but good to know that you still liked the result!

      Reply

  • Sanela
    May 4, 2022

    How much is 1 serving approximately? I know it says it serves 10, but I’d like to get a number in g if possible

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 4, 2022

      Hi Sanela, I’m sorry but I do not have this weighed in grams. You can figure this out by weighing the chili after it’s done and then you divide the total by the number of servings.

      Reply

  • Dana Smith
    May 2, 2022

    Trying this today . Big wind storm on the way. It looks wonderful!! I can hardly wait . I hope the power doesn’t go out before it’s cooked lol

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 2, 2022

      I hope the power doesn’t go out either! We have a stormy day here in Idaho also! Chili sounds perfect! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Kathy
    May 1, 2022

    Best ever. My whole family loved it. Made straight by the recipe. Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2022

      You’re most welcome, Kathy. Good to know that, I hope your family will love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • The Damsel
    April 3, 2022

    Simple chili recipe that delivers. The addition of cumin supplied a depth of flavor. I added more chili powder, oregano, and sautéed green peppers. My home smelled wonderful when I awakened this morning.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2022

      So glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Morgan
    March 28, 2022

    Me and my father are very sensitive to spice but love chili will the chili peppers be to hot.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2022

      Hi Morgan, To keep it kid-friendly, this classic chili is mild and not spicy. Please see this note in the recipe: “Do you Prefer a Spicy Chili?” I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Alissa Markos
    March 28, 2022

    Hi,

    Did you ever try this recipe without the beans? How would I adjust the recipe?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2022

      Hi Alissa, I have not. You’d have to experiment with it.

      Reply

  • Tara
    March 8, 2022

    Hi Natasha. Our family loves your recipes! I am planning on making this recipe and wondering if I should change anything if I use an 8qt slow cooker, which also runs on the hot side. More liquid or just less time maybe? Thanks for any advice!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 8, 2022

      Hi Tara, I don’t know if you need to make any adjustments to the recipe but I would definitely check on it more often. You’d have to experiment. You can always add a little more liquid if you notice it needs it. I haven’t tried this but have heard that you could insert an oven-safe dish into the slow cooker and then put your food into the dish. This is supposed to help with slow cookers that cook too fast! Hope this helps.

      Reply

  • Ray A.
    March 8, 2022

    I am always leary about individual ingredients, I have always bought packaged seasonings. After trying this recipe out, I will NEVER buy prepackaged seasonings again! It was so easy to make and full of flavor!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 8, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Ray!

      Reply

  • Wendy Lawrence
    March 6, 2022

    I made this recipe last night. The BEST chili I’ve ever tasted. SO flavorful. Perfection. Yummy!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 6, 2022

      Thank you for the awesome review and feedback, Wendy!

      Reply

  • Helena
    February 20, 2022

    Made this for dinner Friday and had leftovers for lunch today. Absolutely delicious!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 20, 2022

      That’s fantastic feedback, thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Mary P
    February 14, 2022

    I Iove this recipe (and all your recipes) Natasha! It’s a hit with my big family.
    Can you tell me what the best way to give this recipe a little spicy “kick” is? I don’t have tomatoes with chillies so I’m looking to add some crushed red pepper. Is that best, or should I add more chili powder? How much?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2022

      Hi Mary! Here’s what one of our readers mention in the comments, I hope this helps: “The only thing I change is I use a spice from The Spice and Tea Exchange- Matanzas Chili Spice Blend- and then less of the recipe spices! The Mantanzas spice blend just kicks it up just a notch! Love Your Recipes, the first place go when I want to find something!”

      Reply

  • Khrisna Morgan
    January 31, 2022

    The recipe turned out delicious I made bake potatoes and cornbread with it yummy!!

    Reply

  • Christine M
    January 28, 2022

    I don’t have a 6qt criock pot. Could you convert this to cook stovetop in a dutch oven?

    Reply

  • Skip
    January 26, 2022

    Thank you Natasha for this Slow Cooker chili recipe it’s excellent I did drain most of the liquid from the tomatoes because I like my chili more thick than saucy but that’s the only tweak its delicious and will be my go to recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 26, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Debbie
    January 22, 2022

    Hello, probably a stupid question, But are the kidney and the black beans the dried kind.? Thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2022

      Hi Debbie, we used canned beans, drained.

      Reply

  • Adam M Heckathorn
    January 21, 2022

    This is not just the best chili I’ve made it is the best chili I’ve ever had! On my first try making chili! I’m going to make it today again. Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2022

      Wow! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Adam!

      Reply

  • Lynn
    January 16, 2022

    The consistency of the chili was perfect for eating from a bowl and mopping up juices with your crusty bread. I will definitely make this again. Since I didn’t have tomatoes with green chilies I added a can of pork and beans with a dash of red pepper flakes but it is your recipe that makes this the best chili recipe for family and friends.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Hi Lynn, nice to know that the substitute ingredient worked great too! Thanks a lot for the review and for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Cindy
    January 16, 2022

    This was the best chili I ever had and so easy! My family loved it!! The only thing I did differently was use two packets of chili mix from Publix instead of putting in the seasonings!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 16, 2022

      Sounds great, Cindy! Thanks a lot for this review.

      Reply

  • Kimberly Verney
    January 15, 2022

    This is my absolute favorite chili. I’ve made it multiple times and every time it comes out better and better. I do I have one question, each serving size is 340 calories, what is the measurement of one serving size?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      I’m so glad you loved this recipe, Kimberly! A serving size is about one to one and a half cups.

      Reply

  • Donna Pacheco
    January 13, 2022

    made the slow cooker chili recipe and as usual, it was fantastic. Halved the recipe, seeing it’s only me and my husband, and there was still plenty

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2022

      Hello Donna, that’s nice feedback. Thank you for sharing that with us, I’m glad you both enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Brenda Cromwell
    January 9, 2022

    I made this chili recipe today, using ground lean bison, because it’s easier on my stomach, and 3 cans of plain diced tomatoes, as my husband can’t eat green chiles. I also added 1/4 teaspoon each of cocoa and Ceylon cinnamon, enough for a touch of depth and sweetness, but not enough to stand out. Didn’t have any black beans, so used a can of cannellini beans instead.
    Halfway through his bowl, my husband emphatically declared that for the rest of his life, this was the only chili he ever wanted to eat.
    Your recipe is stellar! My little tweaks weren’t enough to change much, I don’t think, just to tailor it a bit to our needs and to what I had on hand.
    Thank you so much for yet another Keeper recipe, Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      Wow that’s fantastic feedback from your husband! That makes me feel inspired to share more new recipes with you all. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Reply

  • Ann Marie Butterhoff
    January 8, 2022

    This has now become my go to chili recipe! Every recipe of yours that I’ve made has been absolutely delicious…
    Thank you, Natasha!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Ann Marie!

      Reply

  • Simons
    December 10, 2021

    I like the idea of adding green chilis.
    I added a pinch or two of paprika and chocolate.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 10, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Sam
    December 5, 2021

    Hello! I want to try this recipe and I am a new owner of a 5Qt crockpot. Do you know how much I should cut back to make it fit?

    I don’t have experience using a crockpot but I can’t wait to get started. Thanks!

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    • Natasha
      December 6, 2021

      Hi Sam, I would cut the recipe back by 25% to make sure it doesn’t overflow. If it’s easier for you ingredient-wise, you can also cut the recipe in half.

      Reply

  • Mary
    December 4, 2021

    Aside from cutting the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes (just diced tomatoes not the diced tomatoes with chilis) in half I kept everything else the same. Cooked in the slow cooker on high for 4 hrs and I must say, it’s a simple chili but it’s very very good! Definitely not much heat which is perfect because everyone in my family has a different level that they like so it works for all of us. Will definitely be making this recipe again and again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 5, 2021

      That’s nice feedback, Mary. Thank you for sharing that with us, I’m glad your family members enjoyed this recipe too!

      Reply

  • Nicole McKee
    December 4, 2021

    Question, is the serving size a cup? Trying to measure my calories! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 4, 2021

      Hi Nicole, yes, it’s about 1 – 1.5 cups per serving.

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    December 2, 2021

    Hi! I was wondering if you could sub the ground beef for stew beef? Curious if anyone has tried that?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 2, 2021

      Hi Jennifer, I haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us here how it goes.

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      • Dale Blakemore
        January 11, 2022

        Whenever I’m lost for somethig to cook for my wife and I turn to your web site. You are the best. Thank You ….Dale

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          January 11, 2022

          Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

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  • Marcie Denton
    November 24, 2021

    I think this recipe looks good, but it is kind of hard to tell. I kind of needed windshield wipers to push the ads away so I could actually see what is on this site. I know you need ads to make money, but there comes a point when the ads just ruin it, making me not want to come here for the recipes – or the ads.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2021

      Hi Marcie, Thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback. The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site, so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes. But we will definitely take note of your feedback and use it to improve our website.

      I appreciate your feedback, and I hope you love every recipe you try. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      • Mark
        November 28, 2021

        Hi, Has anyone tried this recipe with turkey or chicken? I pre-cook dry beans in a pressure cooker then add them to my bean based recipes.

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    • Beverly Feldman
      November 29, 2021

      I really want to make this recipe and I understand the need for ads but your site is over the top. Cannot read the ingredients or the instructions. So, this would have to be the best recipe out there however, I am sure there are plenty others to go to without the flying ads non stop. Again, I know you need ads to offer free recipes but your site is uncomfortable to use. So, will try other wonderful recipes without flying ads constantly across the screen.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        November 29, 2021

        Hi Beverly, Thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback. The only way we can continue providing free recipes is by having ads on our site, so we are not able to remove those at this time. We find that most people would rather see the ads than pay to see the recipes. But we will definitely take note of your feedback and use it to improve our website.

        I appreciate your feedback, and I hope you love every recipe you try.

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  • Marlee Blaire
    November 24, 2021

    My teenage son made this for dinner last night and it was incredible! It had the perfect amount of spices and the flavor was on point! One of the best chili recipes I’ve eaten and will definitely be on the menu throughout fall and winter.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 24, 2021

      Thanks for the wonderful review, Marlee. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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      • Zana Dumais
        November 30, 2021

        This is my go to chili recipe! The only thing I change is I use a spice from The Spice and Tea Exchange- Matanzas Chili Spice Blend- and then less of the recipe spices! The Mantanzas spice blend just kicks it up just a notch! Love Your Recipes, the first place go when I want to find something!

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          November 30, 2021

          Great to hear that, Zana. Thank you for the trust and for sharing this feedback with us!

          Reply

  • Laura
    November 22, 2021

    Hi. Can I prepare the night before and leave in refrigerator overnight then cook? Thanks in advance

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2021

      Hi Laura, I haven’t tried it that way and worry it will impact the outcome. I have readers who mentioned they cooked it overnight in their slow cooker, though! I hope you love this recipe!

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      • Scott Thompson
        February 9, 2022

        This is by far the best chili I’ve ever had! I added a pinch of cinnamon to the recipe and I was magnifique!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          February 9, 2022

          That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Scott!

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  • Susan Brewer
    November 22, 2021

    Since this chili is going in a slow cooker I thought I would add a cautionary note about kidney beans (and there are others). If you use dried beans make sure when rinsing that you bring them to a boil and boil for a while. My neighbors used dried beans, added them to a slow cooker on low and created a great batch of poisonous chili. Feel free to check this out. I wasn’t aware of this but kidney beans without being boiled, are toxic.

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    • Natasha
      November 22, 2021

      Yes, this is why we use canned beans for the slow cooker and the instant pot. Here is our post on how to cook dried beans

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      • Chef Allán
        December 19, 2021

        Thank you Natasha, this is a great chili recipe and I enjoyed not using a store bought packet! The Only thing I did was add a cup or two of beef broth for a bit more liquidity? Otherwise very tasty and the adverts on your page are just the same as every site? So not sure why bev was so upset 😭

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          December 20, 2021

          I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Spice girl
    November 22, 2021

    I made this chili recipe yesterday in my 6 qt crockpot. I used all the ingredients and measurements as listed. It did fill up my crockpot almost to the top, but after stirring everything together, I just removed a small amount and it turned out fine. This chili recipe was absolutely delicious! It has enough bite to it but is not over spiced. Perfect! Looking forward to leftovers today😀

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 22, 2021

      I’m so glad you loved this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • t.rex
    November 18, 2021

    This does not fit in a 6qt crock pot. Had no room left for the 2 cans of diced tomatoes nor 2 cans of the beans called for. Granted, I used 2.4lbs of groundbeef (80/20) instead of just 2 . even if I had used only 2 at least the 2 cans of beans &1 can of diced tomatoes still would not have fit in my 6 qt crockpot.
    Need to change your directions to reflect the use of an 8 Quart pot not 6.

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    • Natasha
      November 19, 2021

      Hi, are you sure you have a 6 qt slow cooker and not a 4-5 qt? It fills up the slow cooker pretty well but it should still fit. The one in the photos above is a 6 qt. Also, double-check the sizes of the tomato products you used.

      Reply

  • Bill Keller
    November 12, 2021

    My best friend is vegetarian, can I substitute those meatless crumbles? They’re kind of dry to start with, and already cooked, but I don’t want to miss out on the sauteing with the onions. (Best food smell from my childhood, ground beef in the skillet and my Mom adding in the onions!) Any suggestions for using the crumbles?

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    • Natasha
      November 13, 2021

      Hi Bill, I haven’t tested that and don’t have any experience with that product. It sounds like it may work?

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    • Jennifer Harris Dault
      November 30, 2021

      Yes, you can! My family is vegan and we have made this with Gardein crumbles and with beyond or Impossible grounds (the Beyond crumbles in the mix aren’t great, but the cube is)

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      • Jennifer Harris Dault
        November 30, 2021

        When I used crumbles, I just added them to the crockpot frozen and cooked the onion separately. I made this today with Impossible ground and cooked it and the onion together (I cooked at same time since the Impossible ground is not meat).

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  • Melinda
    November 6, 2021

    Omg this was so delicious! I decided to not add the chunky tomatoes and did a smaller portion by cutting the ingredients in half. This came out so amazing my fiance was already begging me to make it again this week… I did add sour cream and Mexican cheese blend as a topper. I also cut up corn Tortillas and fried them in oil to add on top as well. 5 out of 5!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 6, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Melinda! Thank you for your great review!

      Reply

  • Scott
    November 4, 2021

    First time making chili. Recipe worked pretty good. For the most part, I like the taste. Was definitely satisfied after eating the first bowl. I used 30 oz tomato paste because that is what I had. Ended up needing to add water to get this to the right consistency. I think I tasted a bit too much tomato. What is tomato sauce? Like Prego and Ragu that some use for spaghetti?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 8, 2021

      Hi Scott, Canned tomato sauce is a cooked purée of unseasoned tomatoes. If you’re using a prego or Ragu, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to the recipe. However, if you happen to test it that way, I’d love to know how you like it!

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    • B
      January 27, 2022

      Ragu/Prego are ready made sauces to make pasta or other Italian dishes. Tomato sauce however is not the same. It typically is in small 8 oz. cans in the same section as diced and whole tomatoes. Some tomato sauces do have spices, but plain is what you would get since this recipe has its own spices (unless you feel 1 of their flavor varieties works/compliments this dish.)

      Reply

  • Dorothy
    November 2, 2021

    We made this Halloween weekend so we could feed our crowd, everyone loved it! It’s a great recipe. Has enough heat to satisfy the adults and it’s mild enough the kids didn’t complain.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      Hi Dorothy, I’m glad the recipe was a hit! Thank you for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Jen
    November 2, 2021

    Bought all the ingredients and will make later today! I see that the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes state “30oz” but all your photos show the 15oz — is that why some people said it was too watery?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 4, 2021

      Hi Jen, we used the 30 oz cans! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Simon
    November 1, 2021

    Thanks for the severings calculator. It really makes it a lot easier to cut the ingredients in half.
    I combined this recipe with another to make my chili, both are close to the same recipe. This recipe uses black beans and the other has cocoa instead of light red kidney beans.
    Differences
    -I used a McCormick chili packet but I still added some cumin and paprika.
    -I used fresh tomatoes out of our garden plus a can of whole tomatoes and sauce. I used a hand blender to chop up the tomatoes.
    -I used an IP to soften all the beans for 35 minutes with natural release. They were still a little crunchy but that was perfect for the crockpot.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 1, 2021

      I’m so glad that was helpful! Thank you for your excellent feedback!

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      • Jay
        November 1, 2021

        thank you very much for all nice and Delicious recipe i am living alone my wife passed away three years ago keeping me busy i am learning more every day more confidence thanks to you
        Best Regards
        Jay

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    • Archie
      January 3, 2022

      You changed this recipe almost completely???? How can you rate it? I followed the recipe exactly and it is a 10 ⭐️

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  • Phyllis Ballou
    October 30, 2021

    Natasha can I cook this the regular way on top of the stove? Getting a late start!

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  • Julia
    October 27, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I would love to make this chili recipe I wonder if can make it in instant pot? If I cook it oh high for how long? If I cook on low for how long?
    Thank you you are an amazing chef!
    Julia

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 27, 2021

      Hi Julia, I haven’t tried this specific recipe in an Instant Pot, but I bet that could work! You can find my Instant pot recipes HERE.

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  • Jennifer O.
    October 27, 2021

    Hey there! Love everything you do. Question, can you cut this recipe in half? Will it still work in the slow cooker? I only have a 4 quart slow cooker. thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 27, 2021

      Hi Jennifer! Abosolutely! I bet that will work great!

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  • Nancy
    October 24, 2021

    Followed recipe. Tastes fabulous. BUT….when heated not thick a bit runny. Should I put corn tortillas in.
    Please give me suggestions. Thankyou

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    • Natasha
      October 25, 2021

      Hi Nancy, this is normally pretty thick and hearty. Did you use a different canned tomato product possibly? You can simmer it uncovered to release some of the steam but also keep in mind it will thicken a little more up as it stands and cools.

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  • June
    October 19, 2021

    I just finished putting everything in the slow cooker and i just cant wait to have dinner tonight. Thank you so much for this recipe and i will let you know how it goes …. Smells amazing !!
    Thx… June

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2021

      I hope you love it, June!

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  • Daniela
    October 17, 2021

    Making this right now! Just pulled the last of the peppers out of the garden. Can’t wait

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Perfect! Enjoy and please update us on how it goes.

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  • Audrey
    October 16, 2021

    I don’t like beans so I was going to omit them. Will that change the consistency of the chili ?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Hi Audrey, I haven’t tried doing this without beans yet, and I have not tried any other substitute to advise.

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  • Betty Casteel
    October 15, 2021

    Hi Natashas Thank you for the Slow Cooker Chili Recipe. All the recipe I have try are so good . Thank You Betty Jean

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    • October 15, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for the great feedback!

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      • Bob
        December 18, 2021

        Just finished putting it all together in the crock pot. Followed the recipe but used 1LB sweet Italian sausage and 1LB ground beef. Also added 15 oz can of Cannellini Beans and a diced jalapeño pepper, a diced green pepper and 2 stalks of diced celery. Can hardy wait for supper!!!! Looks and smells great!!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 18, 2021

          Thank you for the wonderful review!

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  • Sheila
    October 14, 2021

    Winner Winner! Chili Dinner!
    My husband’s department at work had a chili cook off today. Seven different crock pots to taste and this one was the winner!!
    All the magic happened overnight. The best! Thank you, Natasha!
    Another go to recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 15, 2021

      Love it! Thanks for sharing that with us, Sheila. I’m glad the recipe was a hit!

      Reply

  • Linda Petree
    October 11, 2021

    This is my go to Chili recipe! It is by far the best I’ve ever made. I would use those chili seasoning packages sold at the store. I would follow the directions and it would turn out terrible. I’m so glad I found you recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 11, 2021

      I’m so glad you loved this recipe, Linda! Thank you for your review.

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  • Julie
    September 27, 2021

    Does the beef need to be fully cooked through before transferring to the slow cooker?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2021

      Hi Julie, by the time you brown it for 5 minutes, then with the onions for 5 minutes, it will mostly be cooked, but yes, I make sure it’s cooked before adding it.

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  • Laurie Shultz
    September 19, 2021

    This chili is the bomb girl! I thought it might be too spicy hot for us but it wasn’t! Next time, I’ll invite my friends! Thank you!🥰😀

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2021

      Sounds great, glad it was a hit!

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  • Rich A.
    September 19, 2021

    This became my go to chili recipe. Very very good. Love watching your videos as well.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2021

      Hello Rich, good to know that you’re enjoying my videos and recipes! I hope you love all the recipes that you will try.

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  • Wendy
    September 17, 2021

    haven.t made it yet- looking forward to.
    tried to print, and got hundred’s of comments! wasted so much paper,
    took a picture- should work,
    Thanks !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 17, 2021

      Hi Wendy, be sure to click “Jump To Recipe,” which will take you to the printable recipe card, and click the print button on the actual recipe card. When printing, you should be able to see a preview of what you’re printing. I hope that helps for next time.

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  • Kasondra Rubalcava
    September 14, 2021

    This is a delicious chili recipe and really easy to make! We like spicier chili at our house so I used hot diced tomatoes and green chilis and added a 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper and the spice was perfect for us. This is now my go-to chili recipe. 😀

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      Yum! That sounds amazing! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kasondra!

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      • Crystal
        October 22, 2021

        Making this today!

        Is 6 hours too long to cook canned beans on low? Will they get mushy?

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        • Natasha
          October 22, 2021

          Hi Crystal, we haven’t had issues with the beans getting mushy, but you can add them in the last 2 hours of cooking if you prefer. Since they are canned, they don’t really need that time to cook, but it is convenient to be able to put everything into the crockpot at once.

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  • Chichi
    September 11, 2021

    First time making chili and I enjoyed it. It’s great to have a warm bowl of some of this after a long day.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe.

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  • brooke allen
    September 6, 2021

    going to make this for a potluck camping dinner for about 40 people did you use canned beans

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2021

      Hi Brooke, yes, we used canned beans. I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Esteban
    September 6, 2021

    since normally there is only two of us at home, unless my kids come home for some home cooking, can I cut the ingredients in half and make this on the stove top? And will it taste the same?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 6, 2021

      Hi Esteban! Absolutly! I recommend clicking “Jump to recipe” at the top of the post, it will take you to our printable recipe where you’ll have the option to change the number of servings. Hover over the number of servings highlighted in red and slide it to how many servings you would like to make. I hope that helps!

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  • Tasha
    August 28, 2021

    I’ve never made Chilli before that calls for tomato sauce, and in hindsight, I wish I had followed my instincts and omitted the ingredient. Tomato paste, sure, but never tomato sauce. This is the most watery, thin liquid chili I’ve ever made. The flavor is good, but the consistency is just not right. I’m super disappointed. I wish I could attach the photo I took, with all the watery liquid sitting at the top. I ladled, and ladled, and ladled the excess liquid out and the consistency is still so watery thin. It’s too late to add tomato paste at this point so we’ll just have to make due. Hopefully the leftovers thicken up tomorrow…

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    • Natasha
      August 29, 2021

      Hi Tasha, this is normally pretty thick and hearty as in the photos. I wonder if you substituted or skipped any of the ingredients?

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    • Mary
      October 11, 2021

      Sounds like you just needed to give it a good stir. By removing that liquid you’re also removing a lot of flavor. Also one can of tomato’s will definitely not cause the chili to be as liquify as you stated.

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  • Tony
    August 8, 2021

    Great recipe I make this once a month gone in a couple days everyone loves it and wants more!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2021

      Happy to know that they loved my recipe. Thank you so much Tony for your feedback.

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  • Ed Hedleston
    August 4, 2021

    Great slow cooker chili. I have about a dozen chili recipes, including one by Paul Prudhomme that takes half a day (it’s a 5 star plus, but a true pain to make!) Sometimes you just want something easy to throw in a slow cooker and this is it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2021

      I’m so happy you gave our recipe a try, Ed! That’s so great!

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  • Mickie
    August 4, 2021

    I’d cut this recipe in half. It’s similar to my recipe. I’m going to make this one. You never know when another recipe is better than your own until you try it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2021

      I hope you love our version, Mickie!

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  • Paulette
    August 3, 2021

    We don’t like kidney beans. I will try this and we will substitute pinto or Santa Maria style for kidney beans.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Paulette!

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  • Lisa Veiga
    June 3, 2021

    This was so easy, absolutely delicious and comforting. This will be in my recipe rotation from now on. THANK YOU so much for sharing your talents.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 3, 2021

      Hi Lisa, that’s nice feedback. Thank you for sharing your review with us! I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe.

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  • Donna
    May 23, 2021

    Delicious and simple recipe. I’ve made it several times. I add a couple of canned adobe peppers for a little more smokey heat!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 23, 2021

      Thank you for your great feedback, Donna. We appreciate it!

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  • Jackie
    May 12, 2021

    I have made this slow cooker Chili 3 times and it keeps getting BETTER and BETTER!!! My family loves it and it has become one of our favorites. It is so easy to make thank you!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 13, 2021

      Wow, that is awesome feedback. Thank you for sharing that with us, Jackie!

      Reply

  • Theresa
    April 25, 2021

    The beef / turkey chili is pretty good ! we make this when we have back yard party.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 25, 2021

      Glad you liked this recipe and often use this at your parties!

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  • Phyllis Labombarde
    April 12, 2021

    I am making this classic chili recipes. And I love that you added the nutritional label. However, it does not give the serving size. Do you know what that is.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 12, 2021

      Hi Phyllis, a serving size is about one to one and a half cups.

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      • Tommy
        April 15, 2021

        This is literally the best Chili I’ve ever made! Everyone raves about it! This is a keeper for a lifetime!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 15, 2021

          That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Tommy!

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  • Rig
    April 2, 2021

    Solid recipe but a little tame…I added a couple red chili’s and a scotch bonnet to bring it up to 5 alarm.
    5 stars with the hot peppers.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 2, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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    • Tommy
      April 15, 2021

      She also listed in the article how to spice up the chili because it is a tame one 😊

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    • Barb
      July 14, 2021

      Rig – you made me laugh. My eyes and nose started running just reading about the chilis and scotch bonnet!

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  • Jackson
    March 16, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I really liked this chili recipe and even though I’m only 12, I enjoyed makin this. I entered in a chili cook-off, and I got third place! I found that adding a little red wine and a drop of maple sirup with the beef gives good flavor. I also added canned chipotle peppers for more kick.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 16, 2021

      Wow! That’s amazing! Congratulations Jackson!

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  • Margaret A Trevino
    March 12, 2021

    I have a chuck roast in the freezer. Can I chop that up and use in this chili recipe. Do I follow the same instructions? Love so many of your recipes!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 12, 2021

      Hi Margaret, I haven’t tested that, but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

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  • Mary
    March 11, 2021

    I work the midnight to eight shift and try to always have a hot
    meal ready for my husband for dinner. This way even if I sleep through dinner he still has something good.
    I made this chili last night and my husband and I both loved it !
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 11, 2021

      Hi Mary, you are very welcome. I’m glad that you both enjoy this recipe! Thank you for sharing your good feedback with us.

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  • Ashlee
    March 9, 2021

    Do you happen to know how much the calories would change if I used ground turkey instead of ground beef?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2021

      Hi Ashlee, Surprisingly, the same amount of ground turkey can actually have more calories than ground beef, depending on the company. It depends on how lean the meat is.

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    • Kenna
      September 1, 2021

      You can do the math on that. Just remove the beef numbers and insert the values for the Turkey or chicken

      Reply

  • Nello Mangoni
    March 8, 2021

    Made Chilli from your recipe before and was great we’ll try this new one

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 8, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy this one also!

      Reply

  • Rosemarie B Rose
    March 7, 2021

    What kind of tomato sauce? Like Ragu? Or cans ?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 8, 2021

      Any kind of tomato sauce will do, Rosemarie.

      Reply

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