This homemade Loaded Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chili recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser because it’s hearty, full of beef and beans with a smoky flavor and just a hint of natural flavored sweetness. This recipe is fool proof because you just cut up peppers and onions and dump all of the ingredients into the slow cooker!
You can’t go wrong with this chili recipe to feed a group of excited football fans! Score! Plus, stove top directions are included below in the recipe card that will have it ready in just 45 minutes!
Why buy take out for your game day party when you can make this fabulous Fool Proof Loaded Santa Fe Chili the day before in your slow cooker, store it in your refrigerator and just plug it in to reheat in the same slow cooker bowl the next day? It’s just so easy to make!
You don’t have to be a chili connoisseur to make a great chili the first time ever!
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This slow cooker chili recipe has ground beef, red, orange and yellow bell peppers (use green if you prefer), onions, red kidney beans and black beans, corn, canned tomatoes, and honey… yep a natural sweetener instead of brown or white sugar. The chili seasonings are not from a packet which, gives it more flavor.
Loaded Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chili
Here is the list of loaded chili seasonings:
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- black pepper
You may be asking yourself “Why cinnamon?” Well, a little bit of cinnamon seasons the ground beef quite nicely. You’ll find it in Greek recipes.
When I have a crowd to please, this is one of my go-to recipes. I either make my Slow Cooker Italian Pork or One Pot Jambalaya with Shrimp and Andouille Sausage. Both are easy to make ahead and serve at a party in a slow cooker.
This recipe cooks in only five hours so you can just prep it on game day and serve it right out of your Crock Pot! Having a programmable Crock Pot is great for so many reasons but, one is that you can take it out of the shell and put it right into the refrigerator (after the food has cooled) and then put it back in for the party.
Mine has clamps on the sides to keep the lid in place which, is perfect to take along to a party. Having a programmable slow cooker is very convenient if you work all day and your recipe will be done in half the time you are gone.
Chili tastes better when it sits a day or so, you can make it in advance if you have time. This fool proof chili recipe freezes well too. It’s a good recipe to make and freeze for your family when you’ve just had baby number 2 or 3 or even your first. Spicy BBQ Meatloaf with Smoky Sweet BBQ Sauce freezes well too.
Take this chili to a new mom. She’ll love you and be relieved she has a few meals she can serve immediately or freeze!
I made this chili as part of our meal prep plan for after our first son was born. It was so great to pull small batches for two out of the freezer to reheat for dinner. Newborns need a lot of feedings the first weeks of their lives and tired parents need to eat too! Ah… it was such an exciting time for us! I’ll never forget bringing him home from the hospital. It still brings a smile to my face.
Topping the chili with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream makes it even more tempting. Add a piece of corn spoon bread and you have yourself a tasty and comforting meal, especially to combat the winter blahs! Sadly, I only saw the sun for a few moments today.
This loaded chili recipe can also be made vegetarian by simply omitting the ground beef and adding 3 more cans of beans-pinto, navy or white beans or add more black or red kidney beans. Also, add another can of diced tomatoes.
Use ground turkey instead of beef to lighten it up.
Use a mixture of ground pork and beef.
Bring this yummy Loaded Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chili recipe to game day, Super Bowl party or any party for that matter. It is so easy to make ahead and take a long to a party. Any host would love to receive this hearty, meaty and flavorful chili.
Alternative Stove Top Directions for Loaded Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chili:
Want to eat this tasty chili sooner than five hours? Just do it on the stove top. In a large stock pot on medium heat, begin to saute the oil, onions, minced garlic and bell peppers. Add the meat and let it brown. Then, add the remaining ingredients except for the honey which, you’ll add when it is finished. Let it simmer on med/low for 45 more min, covered.
When you are looking for a great chili recipe to feed a group of hungry people, especially guys with empty stomachs, serve up this Fool Proof Loaded Slow Cooker Chili. Loaded with ground beef, beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, corn and spices, it will fill the hungriest of fans. This loaded slow cooker chili recipe is easy-to-make, store and transport. Score!
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Easy Loaded Easy Slow Cooker Santa Fe Chili is ready in 5 hours in the slow cooker. It's loaded with beans, tomatoes, corn and seasonings and is perfect for game day parties or cold winter days.
- 2.5 lbs of ground beef turkey or meatloaf mix
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 6 cloves of garlic minced
- 4 oz can of diced green chiles
- 8 oz can of whole kernel corn
- 29 oz cans of red kidney beans
- 14.5 oz can of black beans
- 1 each red orange, yellow bell peppers, diced
- 3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
- 29 oz. or 1-28 oz. canned diced tomatoes unseasoned
- 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 2 tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional or add more if desired
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
- freshly cracked pepper to taste
In a 6 quart slow cooker on high setting, add extra virgin olive oil. Then, add onions and bell peppers followed by meat. Add remaining ingredients, except honey and cover. If you will not be home, it is fine to stir but, it is harder to stir when it is still raw because it fills the chamber to the top so, you may want to mix it in a larger bowl first. Still put in the oil on the bottom to avoid sticking.
After two hours, stir well.
Cover and let sit for 3 more hours. Add honey at the end of the cooking and stir well.
Optional: Top chili with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese in individual bowls before serving. Enjoy!
Loaded Santa Fe Chili Stove Top Directions:
Want to eat this tasty chili sooner than five hours? Just do it on the stove top.
- In a large stock pot on medium heat, cook add the oil, onions, minced garlic and bell peppers.
- Add the meat and let it brown.
- Then, add the remaining ingredients except for the honey which, you'll add when it is finished. Let it simmer on med/low for 45 more min, covered.
- Green bell peppers for red, yellow, or orange bell peppers
- Pinto, navy, white beans for red kidney beans or black beans
- Ground turkey or meatloaf mix for the ground beef
- Vegetarian by omitting the meat and adding three more cans of beans plus one can of diced tomatoes