Slow cooked beef chilli

This classic slow cooked beef chilli is a quick and easy dish to make on a weeknight with your slow cooker. It’s a simple meal but that doesn’t take away from how tasty or flavourful it is, which is what you want from a midweek dinner. Take the chill off a cool winter evening with this cosy chilli.

Cooking Method

  1. Heat a large pan over a medium-high heat. 
  2. Add the beef mince and onion and cook until the meat is browned all over, roughly 4 minutes. Drain the fat, then stir in the tomato paste.  
  3. In a large slow cooker, combine the beef, onion, kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, beer, garlic, chilli powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, and cayenne. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Cook on a low heat for 6 to 8 hours. The longer it is left in the slow cooker, the more flavour it gets. 
  5. Serve warm with the cheese and spring onions.

The Ingredients

  • 1kg mince beef 
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste 
  • 1 large, chopped onion 
  • 2 400g tins of kidney beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes 
  • 240ml of beer (or water) 
  • 4 crushed garlic cloves 
  • 1 tbsp of chilli powder 
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin 
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano 
  • ½ tsp of paprika 
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) 
  • Salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Grated cheddar cheese, for serving 
  • Thinly sliced spring onions, for serving 

What to serve with slow cooked beef chilli

As a traditional Mexican style dish, there are a number of tasty sides that go nicely with slow cooked beef chilli. A few of our favourites include: 

  • Nachos 
  • Rice 
  • Jacket potato 
  • Sweet potato 
  • Warm crusty bread 

Frequently Asked Questions

Browning the beef mince before putting it in a slow cooker isn’t fully necessary, but it is certainly worth the effort for the most flavourful and best outcome for the meat.

Yes! One of the great things about slow cooked beef chilli is that it makes plenty of delicious leftovers throughout the week. Properly stored in an airtight container, it can last up to 4 or 5 days.

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