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Warm comforting beef chili. A family favorite!

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Farah Abumaizar
A rich tomato based sauce full of smoky flavor with tender beef and a hearty mix of beans. Tastes even better the next day!


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 kg lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp seven spices or allspice
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 400 grams each
  • 2 cans tomato sauce 400 g each
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tbsp chili powder *see note to make your own
  • 2 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sugar, white or brown will do
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cans kidney beans 400 grams each
  • 1 can black beans
  • shredded cheese, sour cream for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet, then add onions and sauté for around 3 minutes or until soft. Add garlics and sauté another 30 seconds.
  • Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, mashing it with a spoon to break apart the clumps of beef while it cooks. Add the cinnamon, seven spices, salt and pepper. Drain the fat.
  • Pour browned beef into slow cooker, add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover lid and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours.
  • Once the chili has thickened and is ready, stir in the drained cans of beans and leave to cook 15-20 minutes longer. Serve with desired toppings, and alongside rice, quinoa, cornbread or on top of baked sweet potatoes!


  • To make your own chili powder, mix together 2 tablespoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons oregano,  1 1/2 teaspoon cumin,  1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoons onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Above recipe is from www.allrecipes.com