Slow Cooker Chili with Skillet Cornbread

slow cooker chili skillet cornbread

Slow cooker chili that takes less than 5 minutes to load, yes please. (Only because I had browned ground beef in the freezer.)

Homemade cornbread, baked in a cast iron skillet. Double yes please.

This has the makings of a perfect fall dinner. Warm, hearty and satisfying!

(Also, get more great cornbread recipes in Cindy’s That’s The Way The Cornbread Crumbles ebook.)

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Slow Cooker Chili with Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread adapted from this Skillet Cornbread

Yield – 8 servings of chili & cornbread

Preparation Time – 5 minutes for the chili, about 10 for the cornbread

Cooking Time – 8 hours for the slow cooker, 15-20 minutes*

*Note: I used a 12″ skillet, so it didn’t take as long to cook my cornbread.


  • 1 bag Hurst Slow Cooker Chili Beans and seasoning
  • 1 lb cooked ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Skillet Cornbread recipe
  • Side dish – fresh or frozen veggies


  • Add all the ingredients to 5 qt or larger slow cooker, along with 7 cups of water. Stir together. Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Prepare the skillet cornbread. Adjust cooking time if using a different sized skillet.
  • Prepare the veggie as needed.
  • Serve Slow Cooker Chili with side of cornbread and veggies.

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  1. paula says

    So the pepper is a jalapeno? or a bell pepper? Thanks. It is still in the upper 90’s here in Texas, can’t wait for cool weather so I can make chili and cornbread!!

  2. Susan says

    I cannot get the bag of Hurst Slow Cooker Chili beans and Seasoning in my area, is there something else I can use?

  3. Debbie says

    You could substitute a pound of 15 bean soup mix, adding 1/4 t of liquid smoke 1T paprika, 2t chili powder, 2T worseshire, Garlic powder if not adding the real thing. Add tomato products after beans are soft, or last two hours as they sometimes keep beans from softening. I don’t know why this sometimes but it is.

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