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Mom's Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Our Mom's Slow Cooker Chili is the perfect fall soup recipe. We would have it for dinner every Halloween and it's a tradition we've kept with our own families. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Chili Recipe, Easy Chili Recipe, easy slow cooker recipe, Slow Cooker Chili
Servings: 7
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Camille Beckstrand


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 15 ounces dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 1.25 ounce chili seasoning mix
  • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese optional topping
  • 9.25 ounces Frito's Corn Chips optional topping


  • Brown ground beef with chopped onion until no longer pink. Drain grease well.
  • Combine the following ingredients in the slow cooker - Diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup, water, kidney beans, chili seasoning mix, chopped celery, Worcestershire sauce, and sugar. Stir together.
  • Add the browned hamburger/onion mixture in the slow cooker. Stir everything together.
  • Cook low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Top with shredded cheese and Frito's corn chips.


How to make Slow Cooker Chili Into a Freezer Meal

We get asked how to turn this Slow Cooker Chili into a freezer meal A LOT. Here’s how you do it!
  1. Brown your ground beef and onions according to directions in original recipe.
  2. In a large Ziploc or freezer safe bag, combine remaining ingredients.
  3. Place laying flat in your freezer to save the most space. We like to label our bags before hand so we know what’s in the bag. If you’re anything like us, in a months time you’ll forget what freezer meals you’ve stuck in the freezer.
  4. Place freezer bag in the refrigerator the night before cooking to allow it to partially thaw.
  5. Cook according to the directions in original recipe. It’s that easy!


Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 850mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2621IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 185mg | Iron: 5mg