Easy slow cooker chilli con Carne, or chilli non-carne if you are vegetarian is really easy to make especially in the slow cooker.

Slow cooker Chili con carne with rice

Slow cooker Chilli-Con-Carne for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

If you have been looking for a Slimming World chilli recipe this could definitely fit what you are looking for as it is an unofficial recipe but Slimming World friendly.

red chillies
Red chillies

Making a meal vegetarian easily

An easy way to make a meal vegetarian is to swap the meat for a vegetarian alternative such as Quorn. Other possible swaps are jackfruit, lentils, chickpeas, mixed beans or just extra vegetables.

I have been a vegetarian since I was 10 years old and enjoy a huge variety of food so whatever you do, don’t let being vegetarian mean you need to eat a boring diet.

Be careful to avoid chilli oils in this easy slow cooker chilli recipe as they are high in calories and truly not necessary!

Quorn mince and chicken pieces
Quorn mince and Quorn chicken pieces

Making this recipe with Quorn

It is really easy to adapt this easy slow cooker chilli recipe to use Quorn, as a vegetarian myself I do it often. It is always worth remembering that Quorn takes less time to cook when substituting it for mince.

Check out my selection of Quorn recipes, all perfect for all the family whether vegetarian or not, some are vegan too.

Chilli con carne
Chilli con carne

Slow Cooker Tips

Before you start to think about recipes like this slow cooker chilli con Carne here are a few tips which may help. If you find your Slimming World chilli is a bit watery take the lid off the slow cooker and turn it up high for half an hour this can help evaporate some of the water.

Using Slow cooker liners can save washing up if you are making something that often sticks.

Remember that nothing evaporates so you may need less liquid than in other recipes eg on the hob.

Get the best size slow cooker for your family there are lots of great ones on Amazon with many under £30 for a good brand and good size!

slow cooker
Slow cooker

Budget shopping tips

I try to ensure all of the recipes I make are accessible for everyone. By this, I mean that they do not use obscure hard to find ingredients. I also believe that recipes should use as few ingredients as possible and avoid expensive ingredients. We would all much rather spend money on holidays than expensive ingredients wouldn’t we?

Buying herbs and spices in bulk is something I really recommend. It can save a lot of money in the long term but also mean you never run out! I find putting them on Amazon subscribe and save help too!

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Money box

Shopping around or using apps to see which shops have offers on your usual products can make a big difference to your weekly shopping bill.

Additionally don’t forget to check out the yellow sticker reductions and freeze what you can. Frozen vegetables are nutritionally just as good as fresh usually so do keep an eye on those too to save money. When cooking this Slimming World Chilli it really won’t be noticed if you use frozen onion for example.

Do you have any particular frozen vegetables you love? Do share them with me it is always nice to hear people’s recommendations.

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Red chillies

Ingredients tips for slow cooker chilli

If you have an abundance of red peppers and prefer to use just those in this recipe without orange or yellow peppers that is just fine. Any peppers work in it well but I usually avoid green peppers as they can be bitter.

If someone in your family prefers a milder chilli you could use less chilli in the whole recipe or give them some soured cream to add to their portion. I have a healthier version of sour cream you should try in my dips guide.

If you do not have smoked paprika for this recipe you could use normal paprika or simply omit this from the recipe. It is not essential but adds to the flavour nicely.

Grated cheese goes on top of this slow cooker chilli well but it is a bit of a marmite thing. Some people love grated cheese on top of chilli, others hate it!

If you prefer to increase the beef flavour in the recipe it is easy to add a beef stock cube or two. I personally do not think it necessary but it is easy to add one if it is to your preference.

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Red Peppers

More healthy recipes you may enjoy

Have you tried my turkey mince chilli recipe yet? If not then you really should. For more recipes that use mince check out my mince recipe guide.

I love this vegan one-pot chilli recipe from Our Transitional Life, well worth checking out if you are vegan. Remember you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy it.

If you don’t fancy chilli con Carne this but would like another recipe with rice check out my huge selection of rice recipes here and check out my tips for cooking the perfect rice!

Here are lots more slow cooker recipes you can try.

turkey mince chilli in a white bowl with garlic bread on the side
Turkey mince chilli

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Chilli con carne

Easy and healthy Chilli con Carne Recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Frying pan or slow cooker
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Easy and tasty chilli con Carne recipe for all the family



500 Grams 5% Fat Mince Beef or vegetarian alternative

400 Grams Red Kidney Beans (Drained)

400 Grams Can of Chopped tomatoes

50 Grams Red Chilli (deseeded and finely diced)

3 Peppers – red, orange or yellow (deseeded and cut into small chunks or thin slices)

2 large Red Onions (Peeled and Sliced)

1 Tbsp Mild Chilli Powder

1 Tbsp smoked paprika


Place all ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well. Cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours. Stir well before serving.

Keywords: Chilli, Slow cooker,

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  1. I’ve made this a few times now – with beef first and ever since with turkey mince. Lovely! 🙂

  2. Hi Jen, I really want to make this but there seems to be an ingredient missing. The third one down says 400gms can of chopped…what?
    Thanks, Karen