Set and Forget Slow Cooker Chili {recipe}

slow cooker chili

Autumn is upon us after what ended up being a lovely and warm September (at least in Ottawa). I’m a summer gal, but I know many love the coziness of this season, curling up in warm sweaters under a blanket eating comfort food.

One thing I do love about this time of year is the slow cooker (aka Crockpot)!! I’m a gal who likes to keep things simple and easy…it’s also what I coach my clients to do…so the slow cooker is the perfect kitchen tool for me.

With the weather cooling down, a warm meal is nice to come home to and this recipe will leave you with a lot of leftovers (another point for the slow cooker!).

Chili is a versatile meal that you can adapt to your preferences (and what you have on hand). It takes about 20 minutes to prepare and then you Set and Forget!

slow cooker chili


• 2 pounds lean ground beef (or chicken, turkey)
• 2 sweet peppers, chopped
• 2 onions, chopped
• Handful of mushrooms, chopped
• 1 can diced tomatoes
• 1 bottle of passata (strained tomatoes)
• 1 can of beans (6-bean blend, kidney, black, lima, etc)
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 Tbsp chili powder
• 1 Tbsp parsley
• 1 Tbsp paprika
• 1 tsp basil
• 1 tsp oregano
• 1 tsp garlic powder
Optional: 1 tsp chipotle powder, 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Note: You can easily make this a vegetarian meal by removing the meat and adding different types of beans.

Simple 3 Step Process:

1. Brown the ground beef/chicken/turkey

slow cooker chili

2. While that’s browning, chop your veggies. You can chop them finely or more chunky, however you prefer (Tip: chunky is faster)

slow cooker chili

3. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.

slow cooker chili

slow cooker chili

slow cooker chili

Cook on low for 8 hours. Enjoy freshly made or quickly warm up the leftovers.

WARNING: This chili is delicious, but do not consume before going on a date or really anywhere in public for a few hours after. It will make you gassy (this is totally normal). Just keeping it real. :)

Lydia Di Francesco, Personal Trainer

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Lydia Di Francesco is the Founder of Fit & Healthy 365 and Creator of the 15 Minute Workout Club, an online workout membership site. As a Certified Personal Trainer, Lydia educates clients and the public that healthy living doesn’t need to be complicated. She promotes simple, fun, exercise, self-care, and creating a healthy mindset with a long-term approach to wellness.

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