Slow Cooker Beef and Bacon Chili

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 10/18/19. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


This is a delicious and fairly easy to assemble dish that is always a family pleaser. Super flavorful without being super spicy, and the bacon adds not only a really nice taste, but also that little bit of bite beanless chili is usually missing.

I love making this on days when I have a lot going on and not a lot of time to cook. And with the seasons changing, there is nothing more comforting than coming home to a steaming bowl of delicious chili.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Bacon Chili

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 10 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 4 hours
  •  Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  •  Yield: 8 servings
  •  Method: Slow Cooker
  •  Cuisine: American
  •  Keywords: bacon, beef, easy, family-favorites, chili, slow-cooker, soups, stews


  • 1 lb (16 oz/ 464 g) bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 lb (32 oz/ 907 g) ground beef, 75/25
  • 1 large can (28 oz/ 794 g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 medium (approx. 3.9 oz/ 110 g) yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c (8 of oz/ 237 ml) beef broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. In a large skillet, begin cooking bacon pieces over medium-high heat.
  2. When the bacon is about halfway done, add the ground beef to the skillet and continue to cook, stirring to break the beef up, until the beef is completely cooked through.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked meats to your slow cooker, discard any liquid left in the pan.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir very well to distribute all the seasonings.
  5. Put the lid on and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  6. Serve hot, garnished with cheddar and sliced scallions (as shown), or as desired.


  • Serving Size: 1/8 of the recipe
  • Calories: 633 cal
  • Fat: 41.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.7 g
    • Fiber: 2.8 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 8.9 g
  • Protein: 52.5 g

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