Small Batch Crock Pot Chili

Crock Pot Recipes, Recipes by Gina, Small Batch Recipes / Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Small Batch Crock Pot Chili.  Simmered in your Crock Pot all day, this is a flavor-packed small batch of delicious Chili, perfect for 3 to 4 people.  Sometimes you just want a small amount of Chili, but most versions make a huge amount.  As I’ve said before, my crazy family is not very fond of leftovers, and I absolutely hate having to throw food away.  This is also very simple and easy to make.  Chop up some meat and onions, throw in some beans and tomato stuff, add a few seasoning – AND you’re done!!  Seriously, the prep is done in less than 10 minutes.

I took about 1 and 1/2 pounds of sirloin steak and chopped it into bite-sized pieces and diced a small sweet onion.  If you have time, brown the meat and onions for a little extra flavor.  Sometimes it happens. Sometimes it doesn’t.  Who knows – depends on my mood.  No sirloin, no problem.  Use what you have – even ground beef.  I used a can of pinto beans and a can of chili beans.  Again – No beans, no problem.  I know some people don’t like beans in their chili – just add a little extra meat.  My oldest isn’t super fond of tomato pieces, so I took a can of tomatoes with green chilis and whirled them through my Ninja (man I love that thing!)  Then I threw in a can of tomato sauce and a small can of green chilis.  Other than seasonings, done.  Told you it only took about 10 minutes.  Add your spices and cook on low for about 8 hours – best stuff ever.  And you don’t have to eat it every day for the next week!  Enjoy!!!  Make sure you pin for later!

Small Batch Crock-Pot Chili
4.75 from 8 votes

Small Batch Crock Pot Chili

Small Batch Crock Pot Chili.  Simmered in your Crock Pot all day long, this is a flavor-packed small batch of delicious Chili, perfect for 3 to 4 people. 

Cuisine Crockpot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 4


  • 1 & 1/2 lbs Sirloin Steak diced
  • 1 small Sweet Onion diced
  • 1 4 oz can Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 15 oz can Pinto Beans drained
  • 1 15 oz can Chili Beans with Chili Spices not drained
  • 1 15 oz can Tomatoes with Green Chilies crushed
  • 1 15 oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 t Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes or to taste
  • 1-2 tsp Tomato Paste optional


  1. Brown meat and onions if you have time.  If not just add to the Crock Pot

  2. Whirl tomatoes through a blender or Ninja to crush them.  These do not have to be crushed - just my family's preference. 

  3. Add remaining ingredients except for spices and tomato paste.

  4. Spices are a personal choice - We like our Chili sort of spicy.  This is not extremely hot.  The spices will definitely get mellower in the Crock Pot.  Remember though - you can always add more, but once it's in there - it's in there.  

  5. Once your Chili is almost done, you can add a few tablespoons of the tomato paste as needed to thicken it up a little bit.  The Crock-Pot doesn't let the liquid evaporate very much.   The tomato paste also adds a bit of a rich flavor to the dish.  Totally optional!  

  6. Enjoy with your favorite Chili toppings!!

  7. Remember to pin for later.  

Recipe Notes

This is an easy to adjust recipe.  Make it your own.  Change up the meat.  Use different beans or even no beans.  Be creative and Enjoy.

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64 Replies to “Small Batch Crock Pot Chili”

  1. This looks delicious! I have made crockpot chili before but with ground beef. The idea of using steak is far better. I am going to try this the next time chili is on the menu. I can’t wait.

  2. Yum! This looks delicious. And apparently are sons are related. 🙂 Mine isn’t a fan of tomato chunks either, so my blender gets used pretty often too.

  3. It looks really delicious and tempting! Those photos makes my mouth-watering! I would love to try this fantastic recipe.

    1. Hi Andre, Have her start with maybe 1/2 of the spices. The crockpot really does mellow them out.
      Hi Zarah, thanks for stopping by! Maybe you can try it.

  4. This looks great! I love chili but my family, not so much. This would be a good recipe for me to make for myself without a crazy amount of leftovers! Thanks!

  5. Love a good slow cooker chilli recipe – always great to come home to a ready made meal that’s been simmering all day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Now this sounds good and I love that it is for making a small batch as there is only myself and my other half so having loads of left over is always a waste but we could pop away enough 2 servings for another day.

  7. Oh, I like the idea of small batches! I like making things in bulk, but sometimes I just have a craving for something specific. I like that this chili recipe is super versatile.

  8. I have been craving chili for a few weeks. I am always looking for new slow cooker recipes to try. I will have to add this to my meal plan for next week.

  9. I know that this is the time of year to use the crock pot. I just never would have done chili in it, but I don’t know why. It seems like a perfect place to cook it. Anyway, I might just have to try this out this winter.

  10. I used to made this all the time before, oh boy I almost forgot how to make it. I love chili especially when it already set overnight, warm it up the next day and the flovor is so good. I can almost taste it now 😊 I guess it’s time to head to the grocery store.

  11. Yum! Who doesn’t love a great bowl of chilly! I come from Greece and we don’t make it – we make instead our version of bolognese which we eat with spaghetti – but this recipe is definitely worth a try!! :*

  12. I love to have chili, especially when it’s cold in the winter. I don’t know if I have a crotch pot or not, but I have both a slow cooker and a pressure cooker to try this tasty recipe.

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