5 Ingredient Crock-Pot Chili Recipe

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Chili is a wonderful and filling easy meal that can be made ahead and tastes great reheated. It is also a meal that can easily be made grain free, bean free, etc. and served to guests who aren’t used to “health food” without anyone even noticing.

5 Ingredient Crock Pot Chili Recipe

This chili recipe is one of my favorites for its simplicity. It has only five ingredients (if you keep homemade chili seasoning on hand) and comes together quickly.

This chili recipe is most easily made in a slow cooker, but it can also be made on the stove more quickly.

We serve crock pot chili with coconut flour biscuits. I add some grated cheese, diced green onions, and garlic to the biscuits to make them savory.

Re-heated, this chili is also good in omelets or on top of eggs. A big pot at the beginning of the week also makes enough for plenty of healthy lunches during the week.

Slowcooker Chili Recipe

5 Ingredient Crock-Pot Chili Recipe [Bean Free]

An easy slow cooker chili recipe that comes together quickly and easily.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Calories 277kcal
Author Katie Wells


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  • Dump raw meat and all other ingredients in Crock-Pot.
  • Cook on low 5-6 hours or high 2-3 hours until meat is done and flavors are blended, or make in 30 minutes on stove.
  • Enjoy 🙂


Nutrition Facts
5 Ingredient Crock-Pot Chili Recipe [Bean Free]
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.1g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 200mg9%
Carbohydrates 11.7g4%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 5.9g7%
Protein 35.9g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Forget to defrost the meat? No problem, you can stick it in the Crock-Pot frozen. Just increase the cook time a little. 

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How do you make chili? Add any unusual flavorings? My husband’s favorite is Cincinnati style. What’s yours?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


45 responses to “5 Ingredient Crock-Pot Chili Recipe”

  1. GARY Avatar

    2 stars
    I have to say this is the first recipe from this site (and cookbook) that hasn’t worked for me. The Pakistani one-pot, for instance, is always superb and a total crowd-pleaser. I followed this crockpot chili recipe, though I thought it didn’t quite sound right, maybe tending toward the bland. It was easy enough. I used organic beef (85% lean), organic diced tomatoes, onions, and tomato paste, along with McCormick chili powder. The result is indeed bland to the point of tasteless. I don’t get the idea of just dumping all these ingredients in the crockpot without, say, sauteeing the meat and onions with spices at the beginning, as in WM’s other (non-crockpot) recipe. I cooked on high for 3+ hours and am still trying to figure out how to salvage this with salt, cumin, bay leaves and some other spices. Very disappointing.

  2. Vicki A. Avatar

    Made this recipe over the weekend for Chili Cheese Dogs. It’s the first time we’ve ever made homemade chili and this recipe made it so easy. We made it on the stove top. Since it was only two of us, we halved the recipe. The only change we made was adding some flour to give it a thicker consistency. Otherwise, PERFECTION! This will definitely be added to our go to recipe book!

  3. Alyssa Avatar

    Should we leave it covered the whole time, 5-6 hours, or should we stir it throughout?

  4. Monika Avatar

    4 stars
    I dont eat sugar or processed foods,
    What tomato sauce are you using for this that isnt a sugar laden tomato sauce?

  5. Emily Avatar

    5 stars
    Hi Katie,
    How can I make this in my instant pit?
    Thanks ,so much love for you!

  6. Kate Avatar

    This was easy but definitely not my favorite Chili recipe. I added several spices and used grass fed meat. It was still horribly greasy maybe due to the churizzo. It may help to cook the chorizo and drain the fat prior to adding that ingredient. Or leave it out. I think minus the grease it would have been 3-4 stars.

    1. Natalie Avatar

      4 stars
      I think sometimes soups (and chilis) made mostly of meat and not much else tend toward the acidic and greasy side of things. I thought this chili was good, but I only used ultra lean grass-fed beef as far as the meats go and added diced zucchini, thin strips of yellow bell pepper and diced winter squash in the crock-pot and service it with a few avocado slices on top. I understand the purpose of the recipe is to be short and simple, but sometimes adding some veggies (especially if you’re avoiding legumes) can remove or balance out some of the greasy/acidic aspect. 🙂

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