Heart-Healthy Slow Cooker Chili

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My Dad is a big guy.  He’s 6’2″ and he enjoys his food.   When he comes to my house he has some pretty high expectations of what he’s going to be eating.  A home-cooked meal is always appreciated and even more so since my mom passed away.  The last thing he wants to hear me say is “Hey Dad!  I cooked you up a healthy meal today!”  To him, that means bland and unexciting.  I’ve found some easy ways to turn our family’s favorite dishes into heart-healthy dishes and have them still taste great.

One of my favorite meals to make up for parties and get-togethers is chili.  I mean, seriously, could any one dish be more versatile?  Serve it on it’s own with some cheese and onions, on top of baked potatoes, hot dogs, burgers, nachos…the possibilities are endless!

Heart Healthy Chili

This chili recipe is loaded with good-for-the-heart veggies and tastes amazing!  Simple changes like choosing extra lean meat and low or no-sodium veggies can turn a hearty dish like chili into a heart-healthy dish just like that.  I headed to Save Mart to pick up everything I needed for this recipe and I was super pleased with how easy they made it! The products were clearly labeled and made selected heart-healthy ingredients a breeze!

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When it’s so easy to make a family favorite better for everyone – why wouldn’t you?

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Heart-Healthy Slow Cooker Chili
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 med onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped bell peppers {red, yellow, orange, green}
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz can low sodium crushed tomatoes
  • 1 28 oz can no sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can low sodium tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 oz can low sodium beef broth
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbls chili powder
  • 1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbls dried oregano
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  1. Brown beef and drain off fat.
  2. Add onion, peppers and garlic. Cook until veggies are tender.
  3. Transfer to slow cooker.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, stir once and cover.
  5. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Heart Healthy Chili Recipe

Heart disease runs in my family.  Runs rampant in my family really.  My Dad lost his dad when he was only 11 years old to a heart attack.  My Uncles and my Dad have all had heart attacks, most have multiple stents.  It’s pretty serious.  I know that heart disease risks increase dramatically if someone in your family has heart problems and so that means serious business for my two little ones.  The good news is that there are simple changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce the risk and a heart-healthy diet is one of them.  What family favorite dish do you think you could makeover to be more heart-healthy?

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Disclosure: Save Mart provided me with a gift card to develop and share a heart healthy recipe.  All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.


  1. I love chili. I am going to try adding Worcestershire sauce to mine next time. Sounds great.

  2. I love heart healthy anything! Especially something like this, that I could make for my parents and they’d never know. They’re like children – tell them it’s healthy and they say “ew” but they need to eat better!

  3. Delicious recipe packed with flavour, many thanks for sharing :)

  4. Trish this looks absolutely amazing and love that it’s a slow cooker recipe. I hope you’ll share this and any other posts you’d like at my link party

    Marissa @ Rae Gun Ramblings

  5. I substitute ground turkey a lot in recipes like this. We eat hardly any red meat. I really can’t tell the difference and have gotten so used to it that when I cook red meat now, I’m not sure I like the smell. Thanks for the yummy looking chili recipe.

  6. Bethany says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I’m not normally much of a chilli person, but my husband is, so I figured I’d try it out – so glad I did! We also substituted for ground turkey. Thanks for sharing!

  7. sandra says:

    This was very good. Do you know the nutritional value?

  8. My husband got 2 stents this past summer and we have always eaten heart healthy. I had to take it a step further and no canned beans as the sodium is still to high when you put it all together. So I have a pot of dried beans cooking right now for the morning to throw the rest of your ingredient together. I plan on making a extra large batch to freeze. Thank you for the great recipe

  9. What size of slow cooker should be used for this recipe?

  10. Sandra K Westfall Billet says:

    This recipe rocks! A houseful of musicians are feeling warm and playing happy tunes.
    Gratefully delighted that you shared with me!
    Anxiously waiting for more crock pot meals….

  11. Trish, I love this recipe. We just tried is last weekend and everyone liked it!

  12. I don’t have 6-8 hours, can I cook it higher in the crock pot for a shorter amount of time?

  13. Gary W Allen says:

    Leave out the beef and change to veggie broth and then you will have a ‘heart healthy’ meal – also needs some cumin for flavor.

  14. I think I have an average slow cooker – but couldn’t add the black beans in as it was nearly overflowing. I don’t mind buying a bigger one – just thought others might find it useful if they have 2 sizes – use the big one :-) Slow cooking as I type so I will let you know how it tastes this evening! Thank you for the recipe!

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