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Slow Cooker Stew Meat Chili

Looking for a quick-prep dinner? This chili with beef chunks recipe has only 5 ingredients, and it doesn’t get easier than that! Make slow cooker stew meat chili your next meal.

Using the crock pot means you can scale this recipe up for a crowd, too! The cooking time remains the same. Many families enjoy eating stew beef chili at get-togethers or game days.

This recipe for chili with beef chunks is another of our easy family slow cooker beef recipes.

chili with beef chunks slow cooker

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Chili makes a great weeknight dinner for so many reasons! First, you typically cook it in a slow cooker, so you can set it up and walk away rather than stand at the stove.

Since it simmers all day, you can’t really overcook it–so don’t worry about what time everyone sits down to dinner. For my busy family, that is handy because some of us eat earlier than others. I can just leave the crock pot on Warm for the second set of eaters.

This chili with beef chunks in the slow cooker is an especially easy recipe because 3 of the ingredients are cans. Super simple!

If you’re a fan of different kinds of chili, you’ll enjoy our slow cooker chicken chili with white beans. Prefer cooking chili on the stove? Give our easy ground turkey chili recipe a try.

What is stew meat?

Stew meat is typically cuts of beef that are usually tougher and need more time to cook until they become tender and tasty.

Stewing is a way of cooking where the meat is gently simmered in liquid, often with vegetables and seasonings (in this case–beans, chiles and tomatoes).

Cooking long and slow in a crock pot gradually softens the tough parts of the meat by breaking down their fibers. It also lets the flavors mix together nicely, making the chili even tastier.

That’s why you’ll see beef chunks or beef cubes used in slow cooker stew recipes or other meals that use the crock pot, like our beef cubes with Indian spices.

ingredients for stew meat chili - beef, beans, tomatoes and chipotle sauce

What’s in this 5-ingredient chili recipe?

This recipe is so easy because it uses a few convenience products (like the can of tomatoes that already has green chiles and spices).

stew meat chili ingredients in slow cooker

How easy is this recipe for chili with beef chunks?

I just love recipes like this! Open the three cans, and add each to the crock.

If the stew beef has particularly large pieces, use a kitchen scissors to snip them into bite-sized pieces.

Add the stew beef to the crock, and stir to submerge the meat while combining the ingredients.

Cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hours. Serve with shredded cheese on top. That’s it!

spoonful of easy chili with beef chunks made in slow cooker

What goes well with stew meat chili?

If you like to garnish your chili (and who doesn’t?), put out some sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and sliced avocado. All are delicious on top of this chili recipe.

If you’re looking for a good side dish for chili, you can’t go wrong with cornbread. It’s a classic for a reason! My teens also enjoy having tortilla chips to add on top.

This meal is already hearty with the beef cubes and beans, but you can also serve it on top of rice if you want to make it even heartier.

stew beef chili topped with shredded cheese

More slow cooker recipes with beans

This delicious slow cooker stew meat chili uses prepared chili beans, but they are a great thing to learn how to cook from scratch.

Whether you like beans in soups, stews or chili, they all taste best when slow cooked. Here are some of our favorite crock pot bean recipes:

Yield: 8 servings

Slow Cooker Stew Meat Chili

slow cooker southwest chili in bowl with wooden spoon

This easy 5-ingredient chili uses stew beef and a few cans from the pantry to make a hearty meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 - 2 ½ lbs stew beef
  • 2 - 15 oz cans chili beans with sauce
  • 10 oz can Ro-tel tomatoes, not drained
  • 7 oz can chipotle sauce
  • cheese for garnish, optional


  1. Add beans, tomatoes, chipotle sauce to crock. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add stew meat (see note about size) and stir again to submerge the beef.
  3. Cover and cook on Low 5-6 hours.
  4. Garnish with shredded cheese.


If your package of stew meat contains very large pieces, use a kitchen scissors to quickly snip them into bite-sized pieces before adding to the crock.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 785Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 291mgSodium: 1221mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 99g
5 ingredient crock pot stew meat chili in gray bowl
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