Chili with Ground Beef and Beans

This recipe for crock pot chili with ground beef and beans reminds me of Wendys chili, but tastes even better!

I like it plain with cheese and crackers on the side and some crispy sweet pickles.

My hubby likes it over spaghetti.

Leftovers can be recycled over a nice baked potato, then topped with cheese and sour cream.

Or use it to make a taco salad.

It’s versatile – and can be used for several meals in different ways 🙂

If you don’t like green chilis, plain diced tomatoes can be used instead.

Sometimes I add some cayenne pepper to spice it up a bit.

CONFESSION: I actually made this in my instant pot using the slow cook option – you might have noticed in the picture. It’s my most recent kitchen appliance purchase and I absolutely love it! Click here if you would like to check one out.

Here’s the recipe:

Chili with Ground Beef and Beans



  • 2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti/marinara sauce
  • Water (use marinara sauce jar to measure amount)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis
  • 2 cans red beans, liquid drained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt


Add all ingredients to a six quart crock pot, stir to combine.

Cook on high for 4 – 5 hours or low for 8 – 10 hours.

Serve with your favorite sides or toppings.