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

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'

teresas April 23, 2008

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

AshK October 15, 2007

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