Gluten Free Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili

You know those days when you just don't feel like cooking? This would be most weeknights. Any recipe that helps me get dinner on the table more easily is a win, which is why I love this Gluten Free Slow Cooker Three Bean Chili recipe.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Taryn Solie



  • 1 1/3 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes 14.5 oz each
  • 1 can white beans 14.5 oz
  • 1 can kidney beans 14.5 oz
  • 1 can black beans 14.5 oz
  • 1 small can chopped green chiles (optional) 4.5 oz


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Optional toppings:

  • Shredded Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Avocado


Items Needed:

  1. One Medium Pan
  2. One Wooden Spoon
  3. Paper Towel
  4. One Large Plate
  5. A Cutting Board
  6. One Large Knife
  7. One Large Slow Cooker
  8. One Can Opener
  9. A Colander
  10. Measuring Spoons
  11. One Small Bowl


  1. - Cook the ground beef in a medium pan, using a wooden spoon to separate it into small pieces.

  2. - As the ground beef cooks, put a couple paper towels on a large plate. Then take a cutting board and large knife out and chop the onion into small pieces (about 1/4 inch). Set onion aside.
  3. - Once the ground beef is cooked through and no longer pink, pour it onto the covered plate to drain off the grease.
  4. - Bring out a large slow cooker, putting the insert in and removing the lid.
  5. - Using a can opener, open the canned tomatoes and beans, and green chiles if using them. Pour the diced tomatoes into the slow cooker - do not drain them! If using green chiles, pour them in as well, again do not drain them.
  6. - Dump the chopped onion into the slow cooker.
  7. - Using the colander, rinse and drain the beans. Once they are all drained and washed off, place the beans into the slow cooker.
  8. - With the measuring spoons, measure out the spices into a small bowl and stir them together.
  9. - Pour the spices into the slow cooker and mix all the ingredients together.
  10. - Place the lid on the slow cooker and set the timer for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high).
  11. - Once done, serve with whatever toppings you like!

Recipe Notes

 - Use plain diced tomatoes. Don't get the kind with garlic or basil in them as it can throw off the flavors of the chili.
 - The green chiles are optional for this recipe. If you want a little spice in your chili, add them in, if not, simply omit them.
 - I've also listed the amount of ground beef as 1 and 1/3 pound. This is because I get the organic ground beef from Costco and it comes in 1 and 1/3 pound packages. You can use between 1 and 2 pounds of ground beef for this recipe, depending on how meaty you like your chili.
 - To make this recipe on a weeknight, prep up through step 9 then place the lid on the slow cooker and set it in the fridge. Take it out first thing when you get up in the morning to warm slightly, then put it in the heating element and turn on for 8 hours on low right before you leave for the day.