This hearty beef and bean chili sure is a crowd pleaser! Made with budget-friendly staples like canned tomatoes, ground beef, and beans it gets a huge flavor boost from two secret ingredients you already have on hand.

Prep: 20 mins.Cook: 8 hoursTotal: 8 hrs, 20 mins.
Servings: Serves 10 1x



  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spray the pan with cooking spray then add the ground beef. Use a spatula to break up the meat then cook 6-7 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink, stirring occasionally.
  2. Drain the there is an excessive amount of fat in the pan before adding the meat to the slow cooker
  3. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, green chilies, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, broth, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, paprika, cinnamon salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  4. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4-5 hours). 
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Serve with desired toppings.


Recipe directions updated 12/6/2022 to eliminate cooking the onions and peppers with the ground beef and streamline prep time.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 ⅓ cups
  • Calories: 425
  • Fat: 13 g
  • (Sat Fat: 2 g)
  • Sodium: 600 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 40 g
  • (Fiber: 13 g
  • Sugar: 9 g)
  • Protein: 38 g
  • Cholesterol: 39 mg


© The Real Food Dietitians
Recipe By: Jessica Beacom