Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne (No Browning Required)

      A mild (suitable for kids) Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne recipe. No browning required so just chuck it all in your slow cooker and switch on.

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

My slow cooker is my best friend on week days, especially when it's a recipe like this Chilli Con Carne that requires NO pre browning of the meat. It takes all of 3 minutes to 'make' before leaving the slow cooker to do all the hard work during the day. Then, when you get in from a long day at work and the kids are starving, all you need to do is cook some rice and grate some cheese! If you have any leftovers you can stir them into cooked pasta the next day along with some creme fraiche and grated cheddar for a super simple chilli pasta bake. Everyone in my house loves this recipe...well apart from the kidney beans which the kids aren't too keen on!

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

Top Tips For Making Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

  • If your children actually like kidney beans (mine usually pick them out) add another tin for extra fibre.
  • Instead of adding the spices separately you could buy a Chilli Con Carne spice sachet (e.g. Schwartz) and use that instead.
  • If you like a bit of heat add a tsp of dried chilli flakes. My children wont eat it if it's too hot.
  • Up the veggies by adding a chopped red pepper to the mix.

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Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne - no browning required

Benefits Of Slow Cooker Cooking

Slow Cookers are a great way of tenderising cheaper cuts of meat like brisket, chicken thighs and lamb shoulder, but they are also really economical to run, using much less electricity than a conventional oven or microwave. For many recipes, like this one, you can just chuck everything in and set it going, saving lots of time on preparation too.

I have two slow cookers, a large 6 litre one which I use for whole chickens and joints of meat, and a smaller 3.5 litre slow cooker, which I use to make chilli's and casseroles.

Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne


Slow Cooker, Chilli Con Carne, Beef
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Slow Cooker Chilli Con Carne

prep time: 5 minscook time: 6 hourtotal time: 6 hours and 5 mins
A mild (suitable for kids) Chilli Con Carne recipe made in the slow cooker. No browning required - just chuck it all in and switch on.


  • 900g Lean Minced Beef
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 400g Tin Cream of Tomato Soup
  • 2 TBSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 TBSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 TSP Ground Coriander
  • 400g Tin Kidney Beans in Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Beef Stock Cube or Stock Pot dissolved in 100ml boiling water
  • Grated Cheese, Rice, Tortilla Chips and Sour Cream to Serve


  1. Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and stir well, making sure the mince is broken up.
  2. Cook on a low heat for 6-8 hours. If the sauce needs thickening, stir in a TSP of beef gravy granules and leave the lid off for 10 minutes before serving.
  3. Serve with rice, grated cheese, tortilla chips and sour cream.

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I'm entering this recipe into January's #slowcookedchallenge hosted by BakingQueen74 and Farmersgirl Kitchen

Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)


  1. I love slow cooker chilli and yours looks delicious! Definitely a popular family meal here. Thanks for joining in with the #SlowCookedChallenge!

  2. That sounds so delicious and so simple to make. It's ages since I made chilli, you have definitely put me in the mood for it again. Thanks for joining us for the Slow Cooked Challenge and also for linking to my Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry.

  3. Yum! This looks great, I do love a good slow cooker recipe! The Peachicks are split on the kidney bean issue - 1 does, 1 doesn't & 1 will eat them if she doesn't find them! LOL!

  4. Hi Beth, love this. Would you like to share this with the other participants in Food on Friday over at Carole's Chatter? I have a weekly link up party – each week there is a different ingredient or theme. The current theme is Beef!

    You can see upcoming themes in one of the pages at the top of my home page. If you would like to join in the fun please schedule a reminder for each week. The collection starts at 7am Friday New Zealand time – which might be some time Thursday your time – I do find time zones quite confusing. Hope to see you soon. Cheers, Carole

  5. Hiya,

    Can this be cooked on a high setting? Would this reduce cooking time to about 4 hours? Many Thanks


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