A Budget-friendly Beef & Bean Chili Recipe for the Slow Cooker by 30Seconds Food

A Budget-friendly Beef & Bean Chili Recipe for the Slow Cooker

Soups, stews, chowders and chili are always welcome for dinner! This easy ground beef and bean chili recipe takes minutes to prep and then the slow cooker does the rest of the work.

Plus, this delicious chili recipe is easy on the wallet with simple, inexpensive pantry ingredients. Serve this ground beef recipe over rice, or topped with shredded cheese and corn chips.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 to 8 hours
Total Time: 7 to 8 hours
Servings: 6 to 8


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (29 ounces) kidney beans, with liquid
  • 1 can (29 ounces) pinto beans, with liquid
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (29 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin, or more to taste
  • optional toppings: sour cream, chopped green onions, chopped fresh cilantro, chopped red onion, avocado

Here's how to make it:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet. Drain the fat and pour into a slow cooker.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. 

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Slow Cookers $20 & Up
Kidney Beans $1 & Up
Pinto Beans $1 & Up
Diced Tomatoes $1 & Up
Tomato Sauce $1 & Up
Chili Powder $3 & Up
Ground Cumin $2 & Up

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The perfect fall comfort food...
Perfect game day meal! 😋
Elisa Schmitz
I am a chili addict. Thanks for the easy, delicious recipe!

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