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Slow Cooker Chilli con Carne

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
  • Diet: Gluten Free


A simple Chilli con Carne (Beef Bean Chilli) recipe made in the crockpot / slow cooker, perfect for loading up with all your favourite toppings!


  • 2 medium red onions
  • large glug light oil
  • sea salt 
  • 400g (14 oz) beef mince
  • 1/2 tp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Cajun spice mix
  • 1 x 400g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g (14 oz) tin black beans
  • 1 x 400g (14 oz) mixed beans 


  1. Peel and chop the onions into bite sized chunks. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat, or in the slow cooker insert if you have a sear-and-stew model. Fry the onions for 5 minutes or so with a generous pinch of sea salt until the onions are soft and starting to go golden.
  2. Add the beef mince and fry until browned, breaking up the mince with your wooden spoon or spatula a you go. If you’re using a frying pan, transfer the beef and onions to your slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the cumin, cocoa powder, Cajun spice mix, tomatoes, and both cans of beans, drained. Set the slow cooker to cook for 6 hours on low, or 3 hours on high.
  4. Season the Chilli to taste with more sea salt just before serving.