Slow Cooker Beef Chuck Chili

This recipe was featured on Kara's Favourite Recipes, adapted from the original recipe from  Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Cookbook.  This recipe however has a great depth of flavour and so good made with real chunks of good quality beef.


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1.3 kg good quality beef chuck “stewing beef” – cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • 2 red peppers, diced small
  • 1 cooking onion, diced small
  • 796 ml organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) no sodium added beef broth (organic if possible)
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt . . . or you can use kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • Red onion, finely diced for garnish if desired
  • Fresh Cilantro for garnish if desired


*Note: I prepped all but cooking the beef the night before and then just cooked off the beef and dumped all in the slow-cooker in the morning. You could also cook the beef ahead also, store in fridge overnight, and dump and go in the morning!

  1. Combine all spices in a bowl and set aside until ready to add to slow cooker (bay leaf through to red pepper flakes).
  2. Combine peppers, onions, diced tomatoes, beef broth and minced garlic in a bowl and set aside until ready to add to slow-cooker.
  3. Heat the coconut oil in a large 12″ skillet and cook beef until browned (about 10 minutes).
  4. Combine all ingredients (except chocolate) in your slow-cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
  5. After 6 hours and slow-cooker converts to warm setting, stir in chocolate and make sure incorporated well.
  6. Taste test and add salt if desired (original recipe calls for 3 tsp sea salt, but I only added 2 tsp figuring I could add more at the end if needed – and I did not).
  7. Serve garnished with red onion and cilantro (if desired) and with some good quality organic tortilla chips  for dipping and scooping! (I really like Kirkland Signature Que Pasa Organic Tortilla Chips which they sell at Costco).