The Best Slow Cooker Chilli Recipe

Slow Cooker Chilli. Are there any words that spark more delight into the soul of anyone who’s even heard of Pinterest?

Perhaps Mason Jar Meal Prep may be on the same scale, but Slow Cooker Chilli gets the top spot every time. It tastes divine, is nice and cheap, and perhaps most importantly makes a mean instagram.

This recipe is a combination of a few different ideas taken from pins that I’ve long since forgotten, and is carried by a philosophy I learned from my mum that I like to call ‘cupboard cooking’ – i.e., if you don’t have the right beans, a different tin will do. Sweet potato can be swapped for a regular potato (although sweet potatoes really do give it the edge if you ask me), and peppers in this case can be swapped in for just about any veg you’ve got lying around.

As long as you’ve got the right spices and seasoning, there’s not really a lot you can do wrong with a slow cooker. I love this recipe because you can cook it up on a sunday night, and you’re sorted for dinner throughout the week – all for about five pounds if you’re a savvy shopper. It is however worth shelling out for the sour cream and avocado topping if possible, as that and a bit of grated cheese and you’ve got yourself a real winner. Enjoy!


  • 1 sweet potato, roughly chopped. Peel if you want, but I keep the skins on.
  • 1 sliced pepper (or 1 cup chopped other veg if you don’t have a pepper)
  • 1 cup of mince, optional (I normally use quorn as it’s cheap and healthy but beef or lamb is fine too)
  • 1 can of beans, drained (whatever takes your fancy!)
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • a good dollop of tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • a pinch each of salt and pepper

Now here’s the tricky bit: carefully chuck it all in the slow cooker, stir it up, and cook on low for about 4 hours.

Hard, right? Once it’s cooled, whack any you can stop yourself eating right there and then in the fridge, it will keep for about 6 days. When serving up, go with some couscous or rice, a blob of sour cream, half a sliced avocado and some grated cheese. It’s a little bowl of happiness on cold winter days!



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