4.29 from 7 votes
Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
4 hrs 35 mins

This easy Crockpot chili recipe feeds a crowd OR you can freeze it for easy weeknight dinners. Perfect for tailgating!

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 255 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 2 pounds ground beef I used 80-20
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 large jalapeno peppers minced (remove the seeds and veins for less heat...leave them for more heat)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 6 ounce jar of chopped sweet peppers and juice
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 - 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 28 ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes I use Muir Glen Organic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef until no longer pink and transfer to the slow cooker using a slotted spoon. Drain off all but two tablespoons of fat and add the onions to the pan.

  2. Cook the onions over med-high heat until they begin to soften. Add the peppers to the onions and sauté until softened. Add the garlic and jalapeno peppers, cooking for one minute longer. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker with the beef.

  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, sweet peppers and juice to the beef mixture and stir to combine.

  4. Add the brown sugar, tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes stirring thoroughly to be sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook in the slow cooker on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours.

  5. Serve with your favorite chili toppings, we love greek yogurt, sour cream, shredded cheddar, green onions, and pickled jalapenos...just to name a few.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Chili can be stored in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 months.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 53mg18%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 386mg11%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1750IU35%
Vitamin C 43.6mg53%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.