Slow Cooker Sausage and Poblano Chili

An easy slow cooker chili that is packed with flavor and a variety of textures, featuring spicy Italian sausage and poblano chiles.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Poblano Chili Recipe from

You’ve probably heard the news. It’s snowing everywhere. Well, not everywhere. I mean it’d really be something if it snowed in Miami, huh? To be in Miami instead of everywhere white covered right now. Then again, my ghostly white skin would not fit in there, at all. 

Three weeks ago a certain groundhog predicted an early spring. We’ve now had three weekends of snow since this prediction. This all after a very mellow winter that I was happy to have. And I’m not talking just a few inches each weekend, nope. I’m talking a whopping 28 inches one weekend alone, more the following (which quite frankly I just plain can’t remember how much we got last weekend) and 5-6 more inches today. I mean come on.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Poblano Chili Recipe from

I’m ready for spring. So this New England-er who hates winter… (I know. San Diego is calling me. Or even some place slightly more southern, even though I’m totally a northern girl. Figure that one out.) I went hunting groundhog. Okay, not really, just in my head. So let’s just call this groundhog chili. He is a dirty dirty liar. What early spring?

So this groundhog chili (eh hem Italian sausage) his a nice spicy kick, but you can totally cut back on that. It’s bold and full of amazing flavor and textures. This requires slightly more work than my average slow cooker dishes, but it’s worth it. If I weren’t calling it groundhog chili, for the obvious reasons, or it’s backup name of sausage and poblano chili, I’d totally want to call this rainbow chili. Bright fun colors in the middle of winter. It keeps you warm, full and happy.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Poblano Chili Recipe from

Slow Cooker Sausage and Poblano Chili

An easy slow cooker chili that is packed with flavor and a variety of textures.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow cooker
Servings: 6


  • 3/4 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 C yellow onion chopped
  • 2 poblano chiles seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/2 C yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 7 oz can whole kernel corn drained
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed well
  • 15 oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 30 oz petite diced tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 C chicken stock


  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker, minus sausage.
  • If using sausage links, remove casings. Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Break apart meat into bite size pieces, cooking until lightly browned. Add to slow cooker.
  • Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Serve warm with optional corn chips, sour cream or cheese.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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31 Responses to “Slow Cooker Sausage and Poblano Chili”

  1. #
    Little Kitchie — February 25, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I love slow cooker meals, and you had me at poblano! Sounds absolutely heavenly!

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    Tracey — February 25, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Ugh, I know. I love snow but I am ready for spring, this is getting ridiculous! Your chili does look like the perfect way to spend one of these snowy weekends though :)

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 25, 2013 at 10:59 am

    What is up with all this snow? None here in Cali though :) but if there was I’d be down for a bowl of this!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Mmmm I love chiili. I could do without the snow. Yuck. Stupid groundhogs.

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — February 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I have never listed to the groundhog. His predications have been wrong for a quite a long time now but at least this soup will keep you warm!

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    JanetFCTC — February 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    This looks fantastic. It’s cold as heck here today (Ok, it’s not really THAT bad but I’m a wimp when it’s cold) so something warming and a bit spicy sounds really really good about now.

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    a farmer in the dell — February 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I have to admit, I am definitely glad it’s not snowing in Oregon right now. However, that does not mean I can’t dust off my slow cooker and make this chili. Sounds delicious!

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — February 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Haha seriously. What’s up with that groundhog? Im glad you went hunting groundhog. You showed him! ;) There’s tons of soups today with sausage. And I want ALL of them! But chili is one of my fave soups, so I think yours wins! (shh dont tell)

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      Rachel — February 26, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Ha! I won’t tell ;)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — February 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    You should move here! We get plenty of snow but it all melts by noon. So you get to enjoy how pretty and fun it is without it ruining your life! haha

    I’ve been craving chili lately but have been too lazy. I need to change that soon.

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      Rachel — February 26, 2013 at 7:27 am

      But then there’s the little issue of altitude changes for baking. Why can’t live be simpler? :)

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — February 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Send some of that snow down to DC! It’s been a couple years since we’ve had a significant snowfall. This chili looks awesome – I really need to get a slow cooker one of these days!

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      Rachel — February 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

      You really should! There are so many fun recipes you can make in them.

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — February 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    If you get mad enough… I still have that groundhog/ woodchuck whatever the heck it is living in my back yard. Come get him. This chili looks amazing and I could really use a bowl right now. My house is FREEZING.

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      Rachel — February 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Haha! I’m not sure I’m quite up for that.

  12. #
    Kristen — February 25, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I agree the groundhog needs to be fired!

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      Rachel — February 26, 2013 at 7:23 am

      He absolutely does!

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    Tracy — February 25, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Ha! I totally agree, it’s about time to bring on spring. This groundhog chili looks delicious. ;-)

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    Joyce — February 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Anything that resembles Tex-Mex, I am hooked! What a great recipe-poblano peppers are one of my favorites-I have two just waiting for me to find a use for=hummm… maybe this recipe is where they will end up!!
    Sounds so yummY

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I LOVE a good chili!! I saw this at work earlier today and I was craving it. Guess I gotta whip out the good ole crock pot and maybe whip up a batch of hearty chili!! :)

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 25, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    I feel bad whining that we haven’t had any snow all winter here in Seattle – but I would like just a LITTLE!! Because then I have a legit reason to have a whole pot full of this gorgeous soup and I can sit and watch VD and Chicago Fire and not get up unless i need to! This is gorg!

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    carrian — February 25, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Oh I love a good, comforting dish like this one. This sounds wonderful!

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    Kiran @ — February 26, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Comfort food at it’s best — especially when its so cold. Brrrr!!!

  19. #
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots — February 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

    At least this will warm you right up! Looks delicious and spicy!

  20. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    This is some seriously good looking chili!

  21. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Great photos Rachel!! And I love love love me some poblanos.

  22. #
    katie — February 27, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Yes… thank the lord it isn’t snowing in Florida. This chili sounds amazing!!!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — February 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    twins… hate winter but we’re New Englanders! We are dumb for sticking around but it feels like home.

    looks so good

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    Yvonne @ bitter baker — March 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    This looks delicious! The weather in Seattle is actually not as crazy as in New England. Although I’d be happier if it did snow from time to time here. Just to get some variation from all the rain..

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    Ali — January 8, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Sausage in anything is pretty much amazing – and I love the poblanos here, how creative!

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      Rachel — January 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Thanks so much Ali!

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