Debbie's Crock Pot Chili

"Everybody who tries this chili loves it. The girls at work always like when I bring leftovers in! Everyone takes a copy of this recipe."
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Ready In:
6hrs 30mins




  • Mix together seasoning mix.
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. (You will only use 5 tsp in this recipe - save the rest for next time!).
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink.
  • Drain.
  • Add onion and 3 tsp of seasoning mix.
  • In Crock-Pot, add tomatoes, tomato sauce, one can of beans and two more teaspoons of seasoning mix.
  • Place the other can of beans in a blender and process until smooth.
  • Add beans and meat to the crock pot.
  • Stir together.
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Questions & Replies

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  1. debralpaxton
    Some people put all of the spice mixture in. I make it the way it says, but I don't like really spicy chili. I have had friends put it all in and say that it is perfect. It is really to taste, whatever you would like. I hope this helps.
  2. Cortney C.
    Can this be cooked in high for 4 hours?
  3. dawne w.
    Are the spice measurements still the same if I up the servings???
  4. Clarke B.
    I've made this many times, and it is excellent! How would it do on the stove top? Craving Chili, but don't have 6+ hours today.
  5. Becky B.
    My chilli is in the crock pot now!! Having friend over to eat it for dinner so hoping it turns out as well as everyone else’s has! I was wondering though- it has no salt or stock - is it good just as it is or do people add salt or a stock cube? Thanks Becky


  1. Karen=^..^=
    This was super great chili! I have my own tried and true recipe, but I figured I would try this since I needed to use the crock-pot. Well, my family flipped over it and my husband said I outdid myself! (I explained that I couldn't take the credit!) I used small white beans and light kidney beans for the puree. I didn't put them in the blender, instead I put them in the crock-pot first and mushed them up with a potato masher. I love this part of the recipe, because my family is getting more fiber and they don't have a clue! I have never used cumin or coriander and was worried they might be too strong but the chili tasted like...well...Chili! Thanks so much for sharing! P.S. I used 2 lbs. of ground beef...otherwise, didn't change a thing. NOTE: The spice mix makes enough for at least two batches of chili.
  2. ingers9
    I was recently asked to make chili for a chili cook-off at work. I searched the internet and this one had such good reviews I had to try it. I didn't change a thing, except doubled the recipe. I work in a hospital and there was a monetary first prize and my pride on the line. I won! Thanks Debbie
  3. tdutch
    Wow! I love finding a good chili recipe and the concept of this one got my attention. The basic recipe is very good as is, however, I did make several changes to suit my tastes in a chili. The seasoning mix is very good and I used as is. To make the meat mixture I added 1lb of chopped sirloin, 1/2 lb groung turkey, a cup of chopped onion, 1/2 cup of green pepper, and 1/4 cup of jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped) when browning the meat. Then added 3 cloves of fresh chopped garlic to the meat during the last minute of browning to release some flavor. When assembling in the crock pot I substituded spicy V8 for the tomato juice (I like to know I get some kick in any chili), added 2 shots of expresso, and a tablespoon of chopped semi-sweet chocoIate. At the end I added another teaspoon of cumin and cayanne after putting all ingredients in crock pot to add some heat and get more of a smoke flavor going. Pureeing the beans made a big difference in the texture; great idea. When pureeing I drained the beans and added a tablespoon of chili sauce to loosen up the mixture. The basic recipe as is is very good and has great texture. EXCELLENT RECIPE!
  4. gfpjl
    This was yummy, perfect on a fall rainy day w/some chips and cheese. I made the recipe as is. I recently found this site and I hope to continue to use it, I have left other sites because people will rate a recipe after they have basically changed the original recipe. Rate the recipe as is please. Take the time to post your own recipe instead of altering others.
  5. karen k.
    This really is VERY good chili! i had never made chili before, this fit the bill PERFECTLY because it was so nice and THICK (i hate "soupy" chili), i used a can of refried instead of putting the beans in the blender and i think that makes all the difference in the world as to the consistency of the dish...THICK! i also used a pound and a half of ground beef and a half pound of ground (Jimmy Dean) sausage. i then added some finely diced green pepper and onion (about a 1/4 cup of each that i saute'd with the meat) a little Frank's Hot Sauce, a small can of tomato paste, a couple dashes of Worstechire and about 2 tsps of cocoa powder and it was PERFECT. it was hard to let it sit and cook for 6 hours in the crock pot without running over and "tasting" it every few minutes! I'll definitely be keeping this chili was awesome. Thanks Debbie!!


  1. David S.
    Thank you for this great recipe. It has been favorite of mine. I recently bought an Instant Pot and used this recipe with a few tweaks. I sautéed the onions and ground beef in the pot, then added ¾ cup of beef broth as my thin liquid for pressure. The layers the puréed kidney beans, the diced tomatoes, the whole beans and finally the sauce on top. It turned out great and only took 1½ hours including prep time to cook.
  2. Dejhana W.
    This turned out great! I made about half as much of the total spice seasoning, and then added it all to the dish. I also chose to add two bell peppers, half of a diced onion, 3 diced cloves of garlic, and two diced jalapenos. Lastly, I added about half a cup of beef broth into the crock pot for more flavor. Served it with shredded cheddar on top and a small side of garlic bread. Perfection.
  3. maryjane in spain
    I added a softball sized onion, two red peppers and salt. Served with garlic bread and shredded cheese/green onions.
  4. Mees Mees
    Turned out great! I made the following modifications based on what I had on hand: ground turkey instead of beef, pureed whole tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato paste (instead of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce), used chili beans instead of plain kidney beans, and added an extra can of beans, and added one chopped onion to the meat while cooking. I loved the idea to puree a can of beans! Made the chili thick and hearty. <br/><br/>Thanks for the recipe!
  5. Xanthia
    I made mine vegan and even the meat eaters really loved it. I used boca crumbles for the meat. Found out I was missing kidney beans and ended up using black beans. And I took a queue from another reviewer and used a can of refried beans instead of mushing the second can of kidney beans. Turned out perfect. There were no leftovers, I plan on making this again and again!


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