Our slow cooker Rotel Chili Recipe is a go-to that's as easy to throw together as it is delicious and filling.
I kind of feel bad that I haven't shared this recipe sooner, as it's literally one of my go-to, make every week recipes. But everything is okay now - here it is.
Chili Slow Cooker
The main reason that I go back to this again and again is that it's sooo easy, so filling, and and obviously delicious. I love it when it's fresh out of the slow cooker and I love it leftover for lunches.
The flavors are awesome with this and it is fun to add your favorite toppings, but it's so good on it's own that sometimes I skip the cheese and just eat the chili straight up! That's when you know it's real love.
Rotel Chili Ingredients
- Ground Beef
- Minced Garlic
- Tomato Sauce
- Rotel Tomatoes
- Chili Powder
- Kidney Beans
- Pinto Beans
Chili with Rotel Topping Ideas
- Shredded Cheese
- Green Onion
- Sour Cream
Chili with Rotel Recipe FAQ's
Here are some frequently asked questions we get about our slow cooker chili.
Why use Rotel in slow cooker chili?
Rotel adds a unique and robust flavor to chili, combining the acidity of tomatoes with the heat of green chilies. It can enhance the overall taste and give your chili a Tex-Mex or Southwestern flair. Plus, it saves you the time and effort of chopping fresh tomatoes and chilies.
Can I use other canned tomatoes if I don't have Rotel?
Yes, if you don't have Rotel, you can substitute it with a combination of canned diced tomatoes and canned green chilies. Adjust the quantity of green chilies to achieve your desired level of spiciness.
How long should I cook slow cooker chili with Rotel?
Slow cooker chili recipes typically require 6-8 hours on low heat or 3-4 hours on high heat.
What are some common toppings for slow cooker chili with Rotel?
Popular toppings for chili include shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped green onions, diced avocado, crushed tortilla chips, and fresh cilantro.
Can I make slow cooker chili with Rotel in advance and reheat it?
Yes, you can make chili in advance and reheat it when you're ready to serve. Chili often tastes even better after the flavors have had time to meld. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Can I freeze slow cooker chili with Rotel?
Yes, you can freeze chili with Rotel for longer storage. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer-safe container or freezer bags. Be sure to label and date the container. It can be frozen for several months.
Can I adjust the level of spiciness in my chili?
Absolutely! You can control the heat by choosing the variety of Rotel (mild, original, or hot) and adjusting the amount of chili powder, cayenne pepper, or other spices in your recipe. Taste the chili as you go and add more spice gradually until it reaches your desired level of heat.
Can I use ground turkey for Rotel chili instead?
If you want to make this recipe healthier you can swap out the ground beef for ground turkey and then it's a pretty clean dish.
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Rotel Chili Recipe
- Slow Cooker
- Brown ground beef with minced garlic over medium heat.
- Add browned ground beef to slow cooker, then stir in tomato sauce, rotel, chili powder, garlic, cumin and salt. Cover with lid and let simmer on low heat for 3 hours.
- Stir in beans. Cover again and simmer for 20 more minutes.
- Serve with your favorite toppings! We love to add fritos, cheddar cheese, green onions and ripe avocado.
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And here are some more chili recipes from my friends that look DELICIOUS!
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Taco Chili - Simply Stacie
Easy Chicken Enchilada Chili - Creation by Kara
Sweet Potato Chili - Namely Marley
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili - Real Mom Kitchen
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Instant Pot Chili - Savory Experiments
Instant Pot Turkey Lentil Chili - 365 Days of Slow Cooking + Pressure Cooking
Award Winning Crockpot Chili - Heather Likes Food
Instant Pot Lentil Bean Chili - Supergolden Bakes
Wow, there are so many good ones to try. I hope you all have a fabulous National Chili Day.