Classic Chili Recipe for Slow Cooker or Stove Top

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A classic chili recipe is a staple in my home. Enjoy this simple dinner recipe that’s the best crockpot chili but can also be cooked on the stove top!

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Mom’s Classic Chili Recipe

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Do you have a recipe that brings back fond memories for you? For me, one of those is my mom’s classic chili recipe. She always cooks it on the stove top, but I rarely am able to have 2-3 hours around dinner time that I’m able to use that method.

So, I decided to try mom’s recipe as slow cooker chili and it worked perfectly!

Classic chili recipe

This is such a simple dinner recipe with the only hands on time being the short 5 minutes it takes to brown ground beef.

The rest is a dump and go method, so let’s get to the best crockpot chili you’ll ever have!

Slow Cooker Chili Method

The first step is to brown your ground beef and onions. I also add a clove of garlic at the end of this step to just toast it lightly. If you place the garlic in right away it overcooks quickly.

Once your ground beef has been cooked, drain off the grease.

Ground beef on the stove top

The second step is to dump everything in the crockpot! The hardest part of this crockpot chili recipe is opening all the cans.

Crockpot Chili Recipe

Stir all the ingredients together thoroughly and cook on low 8-10 hours.

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That is literally it! I always serve chili with shredded cheese and cornbread for that extra hearty and cozy touch.

Classic Chili Recipe

Stove Top Chili Version

If you would rather cook this chili recipe on the stove top, you simply follow all the same directions, except instead of dumping all the ingredients into a crock pot, you place them in a large soup pot.

Simmer your chili on low for 2-3 hours on the stove top and serve!

This recipe is so simple. And simple is how I roll when it comes to food. Make sure to check out my simple, fast and delicious recipe archive!

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Slow Cooker Classic Chili Recipe

Classic chili recipe

Classic Chili Recipe

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

This classic chili recipe is a dump and go dinner idea! It can be cooked in the slow cooker or on the stove top and is sure to satisfy with its hearty, flavorful and filling ingredients.


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Clove Garlic, Minced 
  • 1 Small Onion, Chopped
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2-2 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 2- 16 oz Cans Tomato Sauce
  • 3- 16 oz Cans Dark Red Kidney Beans (Drained)
  • 1 Large Can Stewed Tomatoes 


  1. Brown the ground beef and chopped onion until cooked thoroughly.
  2. In the last minute of cooking, add minced garlic to the meat and cook.
  3. Drain the ground beef.
  4. Place beef mixture into crock pot (or large soup pot depending on your preferred cooking method).
  5. Add remaining ingredients to the crock pot or soup pot.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Crock Pot: Cook on low 8-10 hours
  8. Stove Top: Simmer on low 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally
  9. Serve topped with cheddar cheese if desired
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6-8 Serving Size: 1 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250

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Classic Chili Recipe for Slow Cooker or Stove Top


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