Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili

Comfort food at it’s best. An easy and flavorful slow cooker recipe, perfect for any night of the week. This hearty Fall chili is loaded with pumpkin, spices and a hint of beer.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I hate to break it to you but… It’s almost October. What?! Where did September go? At this rate it’ll be Christmas next week. Okay, not really, obviously but you know what I mean. The days, weeks and months are flying by.

I’m not ready for Fall to be over (even though it technically just began). Way to make sense, right?

I swear time goes by faster the older you get too. I remember as a child, summer days seemingly lasting forever and of course school days lasting even longer than forever. I guess it’s all how we look at things.

But if only to be a kid again and have never ending days… Especially to ward off the inevitable W word.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Now, I’m sure you’re stocked up on pumpkin and ready for lots of Fall goodies, right? It’s one of those Fall staples that you should have no less than 10 cans at any given time. Okay, I kid… But at least 2 or 3.

Even though I could live on pie alone, I wouldn’t recommend it. So instead, I’m sharing a savory way to enjoy one of autumns best flavors.

This hearty slow cooker pumpkin beer chili is packed with veggies, beans and beef with pumpkin, seasonings and pumpkin beer giving a fun seasonal twist to this classic dish. An absolute must make for Fall gatherings or any day of the week!

Let the slow cooker do all of the hard work for you! Add this easy pumpkin beer chili to your Fall plans!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili Recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili

A hearty Fall chili, loaded with pumpkin, spices and a hint of beer.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 6 plus


  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 C yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 C green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 7 oz whole kernel corn drained
  • 15 oz black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz kidney beans drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp pepper divided
  • 1 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • Pinch cloves
  • 8 oz pumpkin beer


  • Cook and crumble beef in a large skillet, seasoning with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Drain of any excess fat.
  • Transfer beef and all remaining ingredients to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Stir gently to combine. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8.
  • Serve warm.


Recipe serves roughly 6-8.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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38 Responses to “Slow Cooker Pumpkin Beer Chili”

  1. #
    1 — September 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I can’t believe it’s almost October either. My family always says once you hit Halloween the year is basically over because it flies by so fast after that. I love beer in chili and I am dying to try this recipe!

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      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      That is SO true! Let’s try to make October crawl at a snails pace for that very reason ;)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — September 29, 2014 at 8:00 am

    I love how easy this is to make and how loaded with beans and hearty goodness it is! I’ve been using my slow cooker like a mad-woman lately so this is another great recipe to try :) I can’t believe October is 2 days away…this year is definitely flying!!

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      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      And that means November is basically next week… sort of ;)

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    Christie - Food Done Light — September 29, 2014 at 8:25 am

    It is everything pumpkin in our house. I love to through pumpkin into chili but you made it even better by the beer!

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      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Christie!

  4. #
    Aimee+@+ShugarySweets — September 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Time is flying by too fast. But this chili? in the crockpot? with pumpkin? Yes. Just YES!!

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      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much Aimee :)

  5. #
    Kari@Loaves+n+Dishes — September 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Pumpkin is perfect for adding richness and depth of flavor to chili! De-lish Rachel!

    • #
      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks Kari!

  6. #
    Katrina+@+In+Katrina's+Kitchen — September 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I get kind of nervous when I’m down to just one can of pumpkin ;)

    • #
      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Me too! Glad I’m not alone ;)

  7. #
    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — September 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    I can’t wait to make this! My slow cooker is getting a workout recently and I love it! Pinned!

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      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Anna! Love slow cooker season!

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    Cookin+Canuck — September 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I am doing a happy dance about the arrival of fall, and am hoping that we can hold the snow off as long as possible. This chili is something I need to try. The perfect fall food!

    • #
      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Let’s keep our fingers tightly crossed snow holds off for a while!

  9. #
    Samantha @FerraroKitchen — September 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    This sounds so comforting right now!!

    • #
      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks Samantha!

  10. #
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy — September 29, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Where did September go?? I don’t mind though now that I can eat pumpkin beer chili in October. :)

    • #
      Rachel — September 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      It seriously flew by!

  11. #
    marla — September 30, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Fabulous & so creative ~ love the pumpkin in this chili!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Marla!

  12. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — September 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Wow – this sounds delish!! Love the pumpkin in there – makes in even more perfect for a cool fall day. Pinned!

    • #
      Rachel — September 30, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Rachel!

  13. #
    Amanda — September 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    This looks incredibly delicious! I love everything about it!

    • #
      Rachel — October 1, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Amanda!

  14. #
    Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — October 3, 2014 at 2:46 am

    I can’t believe it’s October already! I feel like September just started and we just moved out of our house… And yet it’s been over a month. It still doesn’t feel like fall here though (90°+ this weekend!), so move on out to Northern California if you aren’t ready for that to fly by too! ;) However, I’m definitely ready for the weather to finally cool off. I’ve been craving chili, despite the heat, and this looks so delicious! Pinned!

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      Rachel — October 3, 2014 at 7:00 am

      I’d love a nice middle ground between your weather and ours. That’d be perfect! :)

  15. #
    Natalie — October 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I made this in my crock pot today and just snuck a taste…Delicious!!! My family is going to love it! I really love the richness that the pumpkin adds. Thank you for this awesome recipe!

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      Rachel — October 11, 2014 at 10:48 am

      So glad to hear! Thanks for sharing :)

  16. #
    mar — October 16, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    where can you buy the pumpkin beer, the stores near me are Fry’s, Safeway, Albertsons, walmart, sprouts, and a few other health food stores.

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      Rachel — October 17, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Use their product locator to find it, otherwise use your favorite pumpkin ale that you can find locally.

  17. #
    Courtney — November 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I’ve made a pumpkin chili in the past that tasted very bland. Would substituting pumpkin pie mix for the pure pumpkin be a bad move? I just want to make sure it has good spice and flavor to it and isn’t bland. It sounds delicious!!! :-)


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      Rachel — November 5, 2014 at 11:45 am

      No, there are enough spices and flavors here that you should definitely stick with pumpkin puree. Pumpkin pie filling should really only be used for pie as it’s been sweetened and prepped for just that.

  18. #
    Erin — October 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I realize this post was done almost a year ago…but I was wondering where you bought your soup bowls…they are adorable!

    • #
      Rachel — October 19, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Erin! I bought them several years back and they’ve since been discontinued. I haven’t been able to find then anywhere. Sorry!

  19. #
    Stacy — November 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This was fantastic! It tastes a little bit like Cincinnati Chili. We served with toasted cheese bread, but cornbread would be fabulous. Also, I just used the whole pound of burger instead of 3/4. I found the pumpkin beer at Trader Joes – so you can just buy one.

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      Rachel — November 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      I haven’t personally tried Cincinnati chili, so I’ll have to take your word for it. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Stacy! Thanks for sharing. :)

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