Slow-Cooker Cowboy Chili

Total Time
8hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 hrs

When I make this recipe, I like it to be so hot it's barely edible, so I put in about a dozen serano peppers. If you want it milder you can just add one or two jalapenos or omit them entirely. I also put canned jalapenos in mine which I don't think are very spicy but they do add a nice peppery flavor. I like to serve this chili in sour dough bread bowls. Note: When I do anything in the slow-cooker, I always wait and add the onions a couple of hours before the end. When you leave onions in a slow-cooker too long they get an upleasant taste which taints the whole dish. This is just a preference of mine; if they don't bother you you can put them in with the rest of the ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet, brown the beef and drain.
  2. Place the beef in the crockpot and add all the ingredients except the onions.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  4. Add the onions and cook on low for an additional 2 hours.
Most Helpful

4 5

This is really hot!! And I love hot stuff. The intense heat almost takes away from the flavor. I also felt something was missing. Something that gives it a touch of sweetness like bell peppers. Next time I will throw some in to see how it works. Thanks for posting. Made for PAC spring 08'

5 5

Whoa! This is some spicy chili, but the best part is that it is massively flavorful! We were all sweating but we all loved it. I would recommend fewer serranos if you don't like it hot, but if you are brave and love flavor GO FOR THE FULL SERRANO EXPERIENCE!! I'm not sorry that I did. After all, that is why God made antacids! Reviewed for PAC07