Hearty Beef Chili

For a fall open house, make this beef chili in the slow cooker. As guests arrive, set out chips and cheese and let them help themselves to a bowl.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs 35 mins
10 servings


  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 10-ounce can chopped tomatoes and green chile peppers, undrained

  • 2 cups vegetable juice or tomato juice

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ pounds beef or pork stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes

  • 2 cups chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery

  • 1 cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, kidney beans, and/or garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

  • ½ cup Toppers such as shredded cheddar cheese, dairy sour cream, snipped fresh cilantro, and/or pitted ripe olives


  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine both cans of undrained tomatoes, the vegetable juice, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and garlic. Stir in the meat, onion, celery, and sweet pepper.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in the beans. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Spoon into bowls. If desired, serve with toppers.


Tips: For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

204 Calories
4g Fat
24g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 204
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 22g 45%
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Vitamin A 924IU 18%
Vitamin C 90mg 100%
Folate 23mcg 6%
Sodium 563mg 24%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 635mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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