Slow cooker beef, lime & cilantro chili

Slow cooker beef, lime & cilantro chili

This chili is the perfect recipe for a busy day.  Throw it together in the morning or freeze it ahead of time for a morning when you can’t afford to open cans and get messy.  There’s simply nothing faster than adding a frozen meal to your slow cooker.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1, 14.5oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1, 14.5oz can of petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2, 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about one cup)
  • 1 lime
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • fresh cilantro, chopped (for topping)
  • freshly shredded cheddar cheese (for topping – optional)


  1. Brown ground beef in a pan.
  2. Pour tomato sauce into a bowl and add garlic, chili powder, and ground cumin.  Stir to combine.
  3. Add cooked beef, seasoned tomato sauce, can of diced tomatoes, beans, and onion to your slow cooker.
  4. Zest the lime and add the zest to the slow cooker.  Cut the lime in half and add all of its juice to the slow cooker (I recommend squeezing over a small strainer or bowl first to catch the seeds).
  5. Cook on low 8 hours.

Serve with chopped, fresh cilantro and shredded cheese!

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