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This is an easy slow cooker chilli con carne recipe that can be made quickly and frozen as leftovers by Laura at My Beautiful Mess #SlowCooker #Chilli #Crockpot #BudgetMeals #Familyfood #dinner

Slow cooker chilli con carne

Including tips if you’ve never used a slow cooker before

When you’re busy and need a good meal when you get home, this Chilli Con Carne slow cooker recipe is perfect.

After a busy day at work, the last thing many of us want to do is come home and cook dinner. Putting the slow cooker on before you go out means that you always come home to a tasty meal that’s ready when you are.

Slow cooker recipes are easy to follow and are pretty much just pre-cook any meat and chuck in everything else.

You don’t have to have a huge family to use the slow cooker either. It’s ideal if it’s just you or you need to feed a lot of people at once.

The great thing is that you can also up the recipe if you suddenly have more guests. For example, throwing in more kidney beans or beef stock can make the recipe go further.

If this is the first time you’ve even heard of slow cooking then don’t worry. Use our simple tips below that will help you get on your way to being a slow cooking genius in no time.

Here are 11 tips if you’ve never used your slow cooker before:

  1. Make sure you have the right slow cooker for you*. Having one with a timer could be useful if you work long hours or having multiple temperatures can be handy depending on what you’re cooking.

         2. Using cheaper cuts of meat not only brings your price per meal down but by slow cooking means that they will still be tender when you go to eat it. You won’t even notice the difference.

  1. You really can just chuck everything in. Think chopped tomatoes, red peppers and chilli powder can all go in together and be left.

          4. You can even use your slow cooker to help with your batch cooking. Make an extra serving or two then freeze it for another day.

  1. If you’re looking for slow cooker recipes on a budget then have a look at these Aldi slow cooker recipes that ate perfect for kids too.

          6. Everything can be prepped in minutes meaning you don’t have to slave over the hob. Quickly chop while you’re eating breakfast and chuck it all in and leave.

  1. Healthy eating isn’t easy, but if you try and use the slow cooker at least twice a week, that’s two meals you are cooking from scratch without having to cook when you get home.

          8. Add any diary at the end. So for this chilli recipe, add any soured cream once you’re ready to serve.

  1. Cooking time does vary depending on what you’re cooking. Most meals take about 4 hours on high to 6 hours on low.

         10. All meat should be browned off first. This slow cooker beef chilli con carne needs browning then you really can leave it till you need it.

  1. There’s no need to keep taking the lid off or stirring it. Once you’ve set the heat temperature leave it be to cook. Every time you take the lid off the heat leaves the pot.

Chilli con carne slow cooker recipe

There’s nothing better than coming home to a pre-made meal that just needs serving. Most of the items on the ingredients list are kitchen staples so they’re cheap to buy too.

This slow cooker chilli recipe can be made for up to 8 people by adding extra chopped tomatoes. Remember that this may knock the spices out though so do taste at the end and add some dry smoked paprika or an extra tbsp of tomato pasta if you think that it needs it.

If you prefer to watch this step by step then please make your way to the bottom of this post. You can also find a printer-friendly version of this recipe by going right to the bottom and pressing print.

This slow cooker chilli con carne below is made for 4 people. It can be frozen when cool and split for different days. Try taking a batch for lunch instead of your normal meal.

Slow cooker chilli con carne ingredients

  • 1 15oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 8oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15oz Can Chili Beans
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Pepper
  • Onion
  • Cheddar Cheese

Chilli con carne slow cooker recipe instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in frying pan and place drained cooked beef in the crockpot.

           2. Add chili beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt & pepper.

           3. Pour in beef broth.

          4. Sprinkle in the chili powder and cayenne pepper.

          5. Stir and cover.

         6. Cook for 3hrs on high. 6hrs on low.

         7. Shred cheddar cheese and dice onion while chili is cooking.

         8. Once chili in done, serve in a bowl. Sprinkle cheese and onion on top & enjoy.

Please remember that if you’d like to print out this easy slow cooker chilli recipe then keep going to the bottom of this post where you will find a printer-friendly version followed by the step by step guide.

If you’re a more seasoned slow cooker user but haven’t fell in love with yours yet then why not try:

  1. Spraying the bottom layer with Fry-Lite or another non-sticking spray. This makes it easier when you go to wash it up or put it in the dishwasher.
  2. Cooking on a higher heat, even when it’s suggested can sometimes make the meat tough. Most slow cookers high heat ranges to around 275F and the lower setting is around 165F. Keep this in mind when you set the heat.
  3. Liner bags for your slow cooker can make cleaning it a quick job if you’re time poor.
  4. You don’t need fresh vegetables or herbs. Use frozen or dry herbs as they taste just as good. Remember that adding frozen vegetables does bring the temperature down though.
  5. Add all your root vegetables to the bottom. It’s warmer there meaning that there is a better chance of them cooking through evenly.

Please let us know what you think of this slow cooker chilli con carne or if you have a different favorite.

Laura x

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Easy Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne Recipe

This chilli con carne recipe is great for the whole family and can be frozen for leftovers if needed.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 8oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15oz Can Chili Beans
  • 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Pepper
  • Onion
  • Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in frying pan and place drained cooked beef in the crockpot.
  2. Add chili beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, salt & pepper.
  3. Pour in beef broth.
  4. Sprinkle in the chili powder and cayenne pepper.
  5. Stir and cover.
  6. Cook for 3hrs on high. 6hrs on low.
  7. Shred cheddar cheese and dice onion while chili is cooking.
  8. Once chili in done, serve in a bowl. Sprinkle cheese and onion on top & enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 108mg Sodium: 1930mg Carbohydrates: 37g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 10g Sugar: 17g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 42g
These figures are correct of time of publishing. Please check these figures yourself to check.

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