Slow Cooker All Day Beef Chili

Slow Cooker All Day Beef Chili – seriously the BEST chili recipe!! Super simple to make and tastes great! Ground beef, salt, pepper, chili powder, chili beans, diced tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Dump everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day. Serve with some homemade cornbread and you are set. This is our go-to chili recipe – SO good!

Post updated 11/13/2021

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Deen Brothers Chili Recipe

This All Day Beef Chili is a new favorite at our house. The recipe is from the Deen Bros Take It Easy cookbook. It is super simple to make and tastes great! Ground beef, chili beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. I was worried about this recipe when I mixed it up because it was very, very thick. I was worried that it was going to be too thick, but after cooking all day in the crockpot it was perfect!  The flavor was great – good chili flavor and wasn’t too spicy. Leftovers were equally delicious reheated for lunch the next day. Add this to your menu ASAP!

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How to Make All Day Beef Chili in the Crockpot

As I said, this chili is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. You probably have them in your pantry right now! To make the chili, brown ground beef. Place the cooked meat in the slow cooker. Add chili beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, dried minced onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook for 8 hours.

Tips & Frequently Asked Question

  • Can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • For a spicier chili, substitute a can or two of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles for one of cans of diced tomatoes.
  • I prefer to use dried minced onion. Feel free to substitute fresh diced onion. You can also add bell peppers if you would like.
  • Can Slow Cooker Chili be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the chili the night before and add it to the slow cooker in the morning.
    • You can cook the chili in the slow cooker and refrigerate it until ready to serve. Reheat the chili on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Can I make All Day Beef Chili on the stovetop? Yes! Add the ingredients to a Dutch oven or large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until the chili is warm and reached the desired consistency.
  • Can All Day Beef Chili be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the leftover chili for a quick meal later. Cool the chili completely and transfer to plastic freezer bags and freeze. When ready to eat, thaw and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Can I cook the chili on HIGH in the crock pot? Yes! You can cook the chili for 3 or 4 hours on HIGH if you prefer.
  • Is Slow Cooker Beef Chili gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the chili are gluten-free. I used Bush’s Chili Beans and they are gluten-free.
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What to Serve with Slow Cooker Chili

We like to serve the chili topped with Fritos, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, and sour cream. It is also great served over rice or spaghetti. Cornbread is also a must! This has quickly become our go-to recipe. Give this a try the next time you need a quick and easy meal.

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All Day Beef Chili

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Slow Cooker All Day Beef Chili – seriously the BEST chili recipe!! Super simple to make and tastes great! Ground beef, salt, pepper, chili powder, chili beans, diced tomatoes, onion, and garlic. Dump everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day. Serve with some homemade cornbread and you are set. This is our go-to chili recipe – SO good!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 (15-oz) Bush's chili beans, undrained
  • 2 (14.5-oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 Tbsp dried minced onions
  • 1 garlic clove minced

Instructions:

  • Brown beef in large skillet for 5-7 minutes. Drain fat and transfer meat to crockpot.
  • Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef.
  • For a spicier chili, substitute a can or two of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles for one of cans of diced tomatoes.
  • I prefer to use dried minced onion. Feel free to substitute fresh diced onion. You can also add bell peppers if you would like.
  • Can Slow Cooker Chili be made in advance? Yes! You can assemble the chili the night before and add it to the slow cooker in the morning.
    • You can cook the chili in the slow cooker and refrigerate it until ready to serve. Reheat the chili on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Can I make All Day Beef Chili on the stovetop? Yes! Add the ingredients to a Dutch oven or large pot. Bring to a boil and simmer until the chili is warm and reached the desired consistency.
  • Can All Day Beef Chili be frozen? Yes! You can freeze the leftover chili for a quick meal later. Cool the chili completely and transfer to plastic freezer bags and freeze. When ready to eat, thaw and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
  • Can I cook the chili on HIGH in the crock pot? Yes! You can cook the chili for 3 or 4 hours on HIGH if you prefer.

Steph

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  1. Made this with turkey instead of beef, and it was outstanding! I made a few others changes and posted them on my blog giving you the credit of course! Thanks for all the great recipes Stephanie!!!

  2. Kristin – you can. I don't like the chunks either. Fortunately in this recipe they do cook down and aren't chunky or hard.

  3. I thought I posted this last week, but maybe I posted it to the wrong recipe! oops! So I'm wondering if you could sub the diced tomatoes for crushed? I really dislike the texture/chunkiness of tomatoes…any ideas??

  4. Interesting, it's basically the chili I've made all my life, but instead of tomatoes, I use a can of Rotel. It's very good chili.

    1. I've been substituting Rotel in all sorts of recipes for a couple,few years now to bump up the bite a bit and slip some sophistication into savouries.however the other day when my chili seemed somehow lackluster,I thought it must be an oldish can. alas, as I checked the date, the word "MILD" (that previously I ignored) jumped out with mockingly, exaggerated intent. Using derision to solidify my escalating embarrassment being Etched onto my synapses(hopefully into the long term memory) as a means to help me avoid committing such an unforgivable mix-up in the future!

  5. Take the leftovers and pour them over a split baked potato with shredded cheese on top….mmmmmmmmmm. (Did it last night.)

  6. Great job, Chicken Legs (hee-hee!) and thanks for passing along the recipe! It's perfect for my busy evenings during the week and it's been a while since I made chili.
    ~ingrid

  7. Hi Steph, Thanks for visiting my blog. I am enjoying yours. My hubby fixed some Chili tonight very similar to your recipe. I assume that this one is from Paula Deen's brothers????

    When we were in Savannah, we ate at Bubba's … Delicious!!!!

    Hope you come back to my blog anytime.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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