It is prime slow cooker season, and I couldn’t be more happy about that fact.
This is the time of year when I like to leave all of my meal prep to the slow cooker or my Instant Pot. The stews, the soups, the slow cooked deliciousness of bold meats… it all makes for a dinner that will warm you up from the inside out.
One of my favorite traditions is spending Sundays in the fall and winter watching football. We bounce around to various games, snuggle up on the couch, and watch as our fantasy football teams explode or totally take a dive.
It’s a very emotional day for my husband and I as we root on our favorite teams, praying that for this week we can declare ourselves victorious both at home and in our fantasy lineups.
To make sure we survive a day of turmoil and/or joy, I like to have a big ol’ Crock-Pot full of chili going all day long. It’s honestly the ideal bowl of warmth to snuggle up with.
The full flavor of the chili develops as you cook it, and will keep melding together as it sits on the warm setting throughout the day.
Chili is the one comfort food that I simply can’t resist. Whenever it warms up and fill my home with that classic scent, I get an instant feeling of happiness in my heart and soul.
There’s something about the combination of vegetables, meat, and bold spices that makes for a truly unique bowl of comfort. And no matter what I do, I will always be the gal who puts Fritos all over her chili.
I love the crunchy goodness that the crisp corn chips provide in contrast to the warm and luxurious chili. You can also add cheese, sour cream, cilantro, or even some spicy diced jalapenos for a little extra heat in the mix.
This is an ideal recipe for game day because you can keep it warm throughout the afternoon and night, depending on how many games you are watching. Keep snacking on it, and you will stay fueled all day long.
It also makes for an easy, no hassle recipe to serve when you have a bunch of people over for the big game. Guests can easily serve themselves, and you can make it even more fun with a festive setup – see more on that idea below.
If you like your chili with beans, you can easily add some of your favorite type of the canned variety (about 2 cups drained). Remember to add an additional cup of beef broth as well, to keep the chili from becoming too thick.
You can even simply substitute 1 cup of beans for the bell pepper, if that is your personal preference.
That’s the magic of chili. It can always be changed and modified based on what your flavor preferences are, and the ingredients that you have on hand.
So, what are you waiting for? Hurry on out to the store to grab everything you need to make this upcoming game day even more special.Print
When it comes time to root for your favorite team, you need the best slow cooker game day chili recipe to keep yourself fueled and cheering. Read more now.
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
- 2 lbs lean beef stew meat
- 2 28-oz cans diced tomatoes
- 1 8-oz can tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- Diced jalapeno
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Place all ingredients except the optional toppings in a slow cooker, and stir well to combine.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
- Transfer the beef to a cutting board. Shred it with two forks, and then return to the slow cooker. Stir to distribute the beef well throughout the chili.
- Serve warm with desired toppings. I like to top mine with Fritos, but you can also use tortilla chips for crunch. Serve this dish with cornbread, rolls, rice, or tortillas, depending on your chili-eating preferences.
Nutritional information calculated below does not include optional toppings.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 hours
- Category: Chili
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: Comfort Food
Keywords: game day, beef, Instant Pot, Crock-Pot, slow cooker
Cooking By the Numbers…
Step 1 – Prepare Vegetables and Measure Remaining Ingredients
Mince 3 cloves of garlic. Set aside.
Peel and dice the yellow onion. Set it aside.
Remove the stem and seeds from the bell pepper. Dice and set aside.
Measure out all of the remaining ingredients as they are listed in the ingredients list.
Step 2 – Add to Slow Cooker
Place all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, except for the optional toppings.
Stir well to combine.
Cover and cook for 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.
You can also make this recipe, and many of your favorite chili recipes, in your electric pressure cooker. Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot insert and stir to combine. Cook on manual pressure for 30 minutes.
Step 3 – Shred Beef
Remove the beef from the slow cooker and transfer it to a cutting board.
Use two forks to shred the meat, then return it to the slow cooker.
Step 4 – Finish Stew
Stir well to distribute the beef well throughout the chili.
Serve warm with desired toppings.
Having a Party? Make a Chili Bar
If you are having lots of people over for the big game, you can make this meal even more fun by creating a customizable chili bar.
Make this recipe in the slow cooker, and keep it on low or warm so it will be ready to eat throughout the game.
Next, set out all the toppings you can think of. All of my favorites are listed below, but you can really do anything. Get creative!
- Fritos, tortilla chips, or even Goldfish crackers
- Diced jalapenos or sliced pickled jalapenos
- Shredded or crumbled cheese (cheddar, cotija, Mexican blend, colby jack, etc.)
- Sour cream or Mexican crema
- Tortillas and/or cornbread to serve alongside
- Sliced avocado
- Diced red onion
- Chopped cilantro
- Hot sauce
- Chopped crispy bacon
- Sliced green onion
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- White Bean Butternut Squash
How do you like your chili? Tell us what your favorite topping combination is below. Be sure to rate the recipe as soon as you try it.
Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on January 12, 2014. Last updated: November 23, 2023 at 10:46 am.
Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.
About Meghan Yager
Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.