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Texas Chili in the slow cooker
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Slow Cooker Texas Chili

Big chunks of beef, dark kidney beans and a complex chile-infused sauce deliver a powerhouse of flavor in this slow cooked chili. To save on prep-work, ask your butcher to cut up the chuck roast for you.
Course: Slow cooker
Servings: 10
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Good Dinner Mom


  • 3 onions, minced
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh oregano OR 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 15-ounce cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 28-ounce can or box of tomato puree
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Minute tapioca
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1-2 Tablespoons minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, plus extra as needed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 5 pound boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Options for toppings include but aren't limited to; scallions, avocado chunks, fresh jalapenos, sour cream, cheddar cheese, fried onion rings
  • Cook's note: I used 1 Tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo and it wasn't even hot.


  • Microwave onions, chili powder, tomato paste, oil, garlic, cumin and oregano in large bowl, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to slow cooker.
  • Stir beans, tomato puree, broth, tapioca, soy sauce, chipotles, sugar, and bay leaves into slow cooker. Season beef with salt and pepper and nestle into slow cooker. Gently stir together. Cover and cook until beef is tender, 9 to 11 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high.
  • Let chili settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using large spoon. Discard bay leaves. Season with salt, pepper and sugar to taste, sprinkle with toppings and serve.


  1. Toppings include but aren't limited to: Sour cream, shredded cheese, fresh diced jalapenos, tomatoes, chopped avocados, fried onion rings


Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 496mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.2mg