Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nacho Chili

Thick and hearty slow cooker cheesy beef and bean nacho chili! An easy and flavorful meal, perfect for game day or any night of the week! A fun meal to warm up with during cold winter months!

Hearty slow cooker cheesy beef and bean nacho chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

It’s a miracle! Our tree is finally down and packed away for another ten months. It only took some bribery to make it happen. I’ll have to remember that next time. An offering of steak and the tree disappears! I think we’re down to one box that has to be put away… maybe two, but we’re definitely getting there! Clearly we’re not in a big rush this year! Very odd! I have heard that we’re not the only ones with stuff out so late this year, which definitely makes me feel better. I was kind of getting used to the twinkle in the room but it’s nice to have things back to normal too!

The second miracle of the week… our snow is nearly gone! Of course you know what that means, right? Another storm is probably on the way. If only it were a month or two from now and I could say spring is right around the corner. I know better. But maybe, just maybe, if we eat lots of spring-like goodies, mother nature will decide to come early. That’d be nice! Also… no snow means mud. Bleh. I’d love to get the muddy season over with sooner than later!

Is anyone else really surprised that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? It really crept up on us this year. January FLEW by! So much faster than usual. On the upside… that means that dieting season also flew by, right? Are you ready for all of the chocolate goodies that Valentine’s Day offers? And also, I hear it’s Girl Scout cookie season. Eek! Every dieters downfall, right?!

Hearty slow cooker cheesy beef and bean nacho chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

There’s a not so small game coming up that you’ve probably heard about. Only the biggest football game of the year. Yup. That one. And you need food for it.

Because let’s be real…

That super big game isn’t really about the game. Nope. It’s about the commercials, the half-time show and even more important… the food! What’s a football party without food?! It doesn’t sound like a party I’d want to be at. Would you?

But I’ve got you covered. This chili is hands down, the absolute best chili ever and it will please even the pickiest eaters! It tastes just like your favorite nachos. In fact, I love taking a spoonful and eating it on a tortilla chip. Cheesy. Flavorful. Insanely delicious. It’s a crowd pleaser and a must make for the big game and all winter long!

Add this super comforting slow cooker cheesy beef nacho chili to your menu! You’ll be glad you did!

Hearty slow cooker cheesy beef and bean nacho chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nacho Chili

Hearty slow cooker cheesy beef and bean nacho chili! An easy and flavorful meal, perfect for game day or any night of the week!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time4 hours 45 minutes
Course: Soup
Servings: 10 plus


  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef cooked and drained of fat
  • 1 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1 C green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jalapeño minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2: 15oz cans black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz red beans drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 2 Tb chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 C chicken or beef broth
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese freshly shredded
  • Green onions optional for topping
  • Additional cheese optional for topping


  • Prepare vegetables and beans as directed. Add vegetables, beans, spices and broth to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Turn on high and begin cooking for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours. Meanwhile, cook and drain ground beef of fat. Carefully add to the slow cooker. Gently stir and return lid. 
  • When the intial cook time is up, whisk together cornstarch and heavy cream. Slowly add to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Freshly grate 8 ounces of cheddar cheese. Add to slow cooker. Stir gently to combine. Return lid and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes or until desired thickness is reached. 
  • Serve warm with additional shredded cheese and green onions. 


*Recipe serves 10-12
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Hearty slow cooker cheesy beef and bean nacho chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel
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12 Responses to “Slow Cooker Cheesy Beef Nacho Chili”

  1. #
    Karly — January 29, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Cheesy. Beef. Nacho. Chili. Ummm.. YES?! Looks incredible. My family is going to go crazy over this stuff!

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      Rachel — January 31, 2018 at 7:56 am

      Enjoy! :)

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    Adrianna — April 24, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Are you using pre cooked Beans or dry beans

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      Rachel — April 26, 2018 at 8:10 am

      Use canned beans, drained and rinsed, per the ingredient list. :)

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    Tina — October 13, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Hi can this recipe work instant pot thanks

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      Rachel — October 17, 2018 at 6:57 am

      It likely could but I do not have instructions for you.

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    Donna Hood — October 9, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    I made your beefy nacho soup recipe. Delicious! But, I have so much left, I’d like to know if it will freeze well. Please let me know.

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      Rachel — October 12, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it, Donna! As far as freezing goes, any high dairy content recipes don’t always do well in the freeze as their texture can change. It’ll still be edible but won’t be the same. Your best bet flavor wise would be to portion it out and store in the refrigerator.

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    Jo-Anne — October 11, 2022 at 7:38 am

    So easy to make and absolutely delicious! Served with warm cornbread and tortilla chips. Will definitely make again!!

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      Rachel — October 11, 2022 at 9:39 am

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Sally — January 20, 2023 at 12:40 pm

    Hi. Going to try this today and just noticed that in the instructions there isn’t any mention of the tomatoes and sauce. I’m guessing you add them in the beginning so that’s what I’m going to do. Unless “vegetables” meabs the canned tomatoes?

    Thank you!!

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      Rachel — January 23, 2023 at 7:52 am

      Tomatoes are included in the instruction as vegetables. Everything from onions through broth are put in the slow cooker at the same time. Enjoy!

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