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There’s a good chance you have the ingredients you need to make this simple chili– even if you’re running low on food at home.

This slow cooker chili only requires 6 ingredients!

My family is definitely starting to run low on food options since we haven’t restocked our food since February 24th. We’re trying to avoid the grocery store as long as possible to help “flatten the curve” in this time of COVID-19.

But we’re making the most of the situation. And by that, I mean we’re stretching the possibilities for all the food in our pantry, fridge, and freezer.

As the saying goes, “Waste not, want not.”

Last week, I made a mega meal plan based on what we still have in our pantry, and this chili recipe is one of the meals that came out of that brainstorming session.

So we’re having this simple 6-ingredient chili for dinner today!

And I really mean “simple.” You don’t have to put much effort into making this chili for it to turn out delicious.

You just have to throw a few ingredients into your slow cooker.

(Our slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances!)

Slow cooker chili ingredients

Simple 6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili Ingredients

  • 1 lb hamburger, browned
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cans of beans, drained (any beans will do)
  • 1 can of rotel or diced tomatoes
  • 1 big can (quart) of tomato juice
  • 1 chili seasoning packet (or season as desired)

Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

  • First, pull out your slow cooker and dump all the ingredients into it.
  • Then, stir it up and let it slowly cook until dinner.
  • You’ll know it’s done when the onions are cooked to your satisfaction.

See? I told you it was simple.

Slow Cooker Chili close-up


The recipe is pretty versatile too. You can tweak it to fit what you have available in your home right now.

For example, you can do less hamburger, like half a pound. Or you could add extra onion. You could use any combination of canned beans that you have on hand. You can mix up your own chili spice if you’re out of chili seasoning packets. And you could even replace the tomato juice with some combination of more diced tomatoes, tomato soup, and water.

Don’t be afraid to be creative with the recipe based on what you have on hand.

You may just discover that creativity in the kitchen is fun!

If you are trying to make your food last as long as possible, do what we did and take the “Food on Hand” Mega Meal Plan Challenge.

Besides ensuring that none of your food goes to waste, this has the added bonus of helping you save on grocery money for your monthly budget.

Be thrifty and green,