Slow Cooker Beef & 3 Bean Chili

Looking for a recipe for the superbowl tomorrow or perhaps a pot luck some other time? Then try this Slow Cooker Beef & 3 Bean Chili – sure to please a crowd. Don’t get me wrong, I love this recipe for a regular family meal, not to mention the leftovers freeze well for later. But next time you’re entertaining, by letting the slow cooker do the work, you’re free to take care of other odds and ends with your dinner party.

In fact, I even made this chili when we had people over for New Year’s Eve! Click here to check out the party and to see the yummy desserts I made that night.


The recipe has a straightforward ingredient list. Feel free to substitute your favorite beans.


To prepare, it’s as easy as browning some beef…


…and then mixing everything together in your slow cooker.


Roughly 8 hours later, you have a delicious bowl of piping hot chili.



Slow Cooker Beef & 3 Bean Chili

This slow cooker chili is a crowd pleasing recipe that is as easy as it is tasty. I especially like to use this recipe for entertaining because I do all the hard work on the main event early in the day and have my hands free to make corn muffins, dessert, or just take care of last minute details before my dinner guests arrive. This chili would also make a great recipe for any day of the week in your standard dinner rotation.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 15-ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 15-ounce can of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 15-ounce can of stewed tomatoes
  • 2  15-ounce can of no salt added tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Pre-heat a pan over medium heat and brown beef. Skim/drain oil.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on Low heat for 8 hours. Note: You could probably do 4 hours on high, but I haven’t tested this out.
  3. Serve with corn bread and your preferred toppings (we like shredded cheese). Enjoy!

Looking for a lighter version? Try this Slow Cooker White Turkey or Chicken Chili (click for recipe).

Thank you slow cooker!


Serve chili with these easy and delicious corn muffins (click for recipe).

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