Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

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Mmm- this slow cooker recipe gives you tons of tasty bang for your buck! The nutritious recipe practically makes itself; your role only involves assembling ingredients and tossing them into your slow cooker! When it comes to feeding the family, a group of friends, or simply stocking up on leftover dinner for the remaining week, Slow Cooker Chili con Carne has you covered. The protein-packed lean meat marinates with juicy, flavorful vegetables like fire-roasted tomatoes and green chilis. Zesty seasonings dress up this chili con carne dish, while legumes add chewy, filling texture. Sprinkle with mozzarella or cheddar cheese if desired, to intensify the chili’s melt-in-your-mouth flavor.

Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

This dish is a delicious and nutritious way to feed a large and hungry group of people.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Slow Cooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 227kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 onion medium, diced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste can
  • 30 ounces fire roasted tomatoes cans
  • 4 1/2 ounces green chilies can
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes more or less to taste
  • 30 ounces kidney beans cans, drained
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 2 to 3 cups water depending on thickness preferred
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese part-skim, shredded (optional)


  • Add ground meat and onion to a large pot and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain off any fat.
  • Add the cooked meat and remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Cover chili and cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.

Stove Top Method

  • Cook meat and onion, in a large pot or skillet, as instructed above. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low-boil and cook for 30-45 minutes or until thickened.
  • If desired, garnish with grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese before serving.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1015mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6


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8 Comments on "Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne"

  1. kate  October 15, 2016

    about how large are the servings?

  2. Jen  January 10, 2017

    Is the cocoa powder necessary? That’s not something that I usually have on hand.

  3. Soph  April 18, 2018

    What is the point of the cocoa powder? Like what is the reasoning for it? Flavor? Thickness? What?

  4. Kellyn Combs  December 5, 2018

    Can you freeze some of this?

    • Gale Compton  December 6, 2018

      Kellyn, Definitely! I like to use mason jars and freeze a few for later. If you do use jars, be sure not to fill to the top because it will expand in the freezer. 🙂


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