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Overhead shot of a bowl of chili with smaller bowls of shredded cheese and chopped fresh cilantro, on a striped light brown wood surface.

Slow Cooker Game Day Chili

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


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

Optional Toppings:

  • Diced jalapeno
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fritos


  1. Place all ingredients except the optional toppings in a slow cooker, and stir well to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  3. 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.
  4. 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