8 Chili Recipes to Make in the Slow Cooker

8 Chili Recipes to Make in the Slow Cooker

Kelli Foster
Nov 26, 2018
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Of all the things I plan to make in my slow cooker during the next few cold, cold months (and there are many), there is nothing I look forward to quite as much as chili in all its many iterations. It usually means an all-day, hands-off simmer, where deep, spiced flavors grow and get better by the hour. Not to mention that there's no need to keep an eye on it; I know that when I get home there will be a hearty, comforting dinner waiting to warm me up.

1. How To Cook Simple & Tasty Slow Cooker Chili

Sometimes it's hard to beat a classic bowl of beef chili. The kind laced with smoky spices, a little tangy tomato goodness, and a ton of beefy flavor with tender, creamy beans.

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2. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

To balance the mild creaminess of this chicken chili, I love topping it with sliced jalapeños or chopped poblanos for a little kick.

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3. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

A duo of dried beans sit front and center in this cold-weather favorite. It gives the chili a hearty, meaty texture, thanks to an all-day cook time.

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4. Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili

Unsweetened cocoa powder is the baking staple that gives this vegan chili an even deeper, richer flavor.

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5. Slow-Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Be choosy when buying ground turkey for this wholesome chili. You'll want to steer clear of extra-lean turkey, and opt for a package with more fat content (85% is a good option) for extra flavor and juiciness.

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6. Slow-Cooker Vegan Lentil Chili

Cut down on prep time for this hearty meat-free chili by picking up a package of pre-cut butternut squash from the produce section.

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7. Slow Cooker Chili Mac and Cheese

Meet the love child of chili and mac & cheese. It's loaded with lots of gooey, melted cheese and tender pasta mixed with a hearty blend of spices, meat, and beans.

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8. How To Make Slow Cooker Chili Verde

Here's the most delicious way to change things up from your regular tomato-based chili. It starts with a spiced, tangy sauce blended with two types of chiles, tomatillo, onion, and garlic — it's an extra step, but do take a few minutes to flash those ingredients under the broiler first.

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