Slow Cooker Chili - Freezer Friendly!


  • 2 lbs ground beef or pork (or combination)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 jar salsa (16 ounces) or 1 can of Rotel
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 can beans (I usually use dark red kidney beans) (optional)


  1. In a skillet, brown hamburger/pork with garlic powder, bell pepper and onion until done.  Drain.  Place in slow cooker.

  2. Add diced tomaotes, tomato sauce, salsa/Rotel, chili powder and paprika to slow cooker.  Mix well.

  3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high 3-4 hours.  Add beans when there's about an hour of cooking time left (if using)

Recipe Notes

This freezes really well! You can either place all the ingredients (once the meat and veggies are cooked) in a freezer-safe bag to cook at another time OR you can cook, then freeze in individual portions.
This is a mild chili - assuming you're using mild salsa/Rotel. If you like chili with a lot of heat, use a spicer salsa/Rotel and/or add another 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
We like to top with cheddar cheese and sour cream.