Crock Pot Chili Recipe AND How to Make Beans Less Gassy


Nagina Abdullah


January 18, 2018


What is the best crock pot chili recipe? And how do you make chili less gassy?

Today, you learn how to make a bloat-free crock pot chili.

Ready to learn more? Read on!

Want to use the secret ingredient to non-bloating chili?

Get this FREE Ginger Cheat Sheet PDF to use ginger to boost your metabolism(includes my free Strawberry Ginger Smoothie recipe!). 

An easy crock pot chili recipe that helps you keep slim and de-bloated

This crockpot chili recipe is easy, delicious and so nice to come home to – especially on a cold day. It also does wonders to calm inflammation in your body.

Imagine coming home and taking your boots off, slipping on some comfy socks and making your way to the kitchen. You lift the lid from your slow cooker and the steam releases, surrounding you in a savory fragrance that makes your mouth water.

It only took 15 minutes of hands-on prep in the morning. It might take you longer to decide what to wear!  You have NOTHING to do when you get home. Just enjoy your dinner.

Your morning will be even easier if you do the chopping the night before. Just dump it all the in the crock pot and go.

This crock pot chili recipe is also one of my favorite dishes to bring to parties. It’s a healthy, delicious winter classic that everyone will love. AND you’ll guarantee that you have something healthy and tasty for yourself.

Or you could bring any of these Healthy Crock Pot Recipes! 

Ginger in Chili: Anti-inflammatory Ingredient

Beans are a big part of what makes chili so anti-inflammatory, because of their high fiber and other antioxidants. They’re also high in plant protein, so they’re a clean way to feel full and satisfied.


The herbs and spices included in this crock pot chili recipe also reduce inflammation. Garlic curbs the body’s ability to create inflammation.

Studies have found ginger reduces inflammation so much that it’s used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, digestive problems and to fight cancers. It’s even linked to slowing the aging process. I’ll have another bowl of chili, please!

Find out more about the anti-inflammatory diet here. (coming soon)

How to Make Beans Less Gaseous in your Chili

The one complaint most people have about chili is that is causes gas. Some people avoid chili because it makes them feel bloated. But there is a must-have secret ingredient for chili dishes to counteract this — ginger!


Ginger boosts your digestion and helps your body break foods down more easily, so there’s no gas build up.

Want to use the secret ingredient to non-bloating chili?

Get this FREE Ginger Cheat Sheet PDF to use ginger to boost your metabolism(includes my free Strawberry Ginger Smoothie recipe!). 

Traditional Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Here’s an easy, classic chili recipe from (I added in ginger, the secret ingredient for easy digestion)

Spicy Slow-Cooked Chili Recipe

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef (or same amount soy crumbles OR 1 cup black whole lentils as a vegetarian alternative)
  • 2 16 ounce (454 grams) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (Look for BPA-free cans)
  • 2 14.5 ounce (411 grams) cans diced tomatoes, drained (Look for BPA-free cans)
  • 1 8 ounce (227 grams) can tomato sauce (Look for BPA-free cans)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (option to replace with jalapeno pepper for more heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (or more to taste for more heat)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  • Combine ground beef, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours, or high for 4 hours.
  • Garnish each serving with optional cheddar cheese.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Love crock pot meals? Check out these other Healthy Crockpot Recipes! (coming soon)

Black Bean Crock Pot Chili Recipe

Using dried black beans makes this dish even lighter and healthier, as black beans a low in natural sugar. It’s also even less inflammatory than canned beans.

When you soak the beans for 2-4 hours or up to 48 hours, you break down the phytic acid that makes them hard to digest and causes gas. Add in ginger too, and this chili will cause much less or no gas at all.


(Bonus!) Crock Pot Black Bean Chili Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 cups dried black beans (not canned)
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (about 4 cloves), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (about 2 in/5cm), chopped
  • 2-3 serano or jalapeno peppers, chopped (quantity based on level of heat desired)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 7 cups water
  • 1/2 can 6 oz (170g) tomato paste add only after almost done cooking
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped (optional)


  • Soak beans for 3-4 hours or overnight (beans can be soaked up to 48 hours) if you can find time. Soaking the beans reduces cooking time, increases absorption of minerals and also decreases gaseous enzymes. Drain and rinse beans after soaking.
  • Add beans, lentils, onions, garlic, ginger, and all spices and mix to coat the kidney beans. Pour 7 cups water into the crockpot. Set crockpot to cook for 8 hours on high. Note: All crock pots cook differently and cooking time should be adjusted accordingly (e.g., some crockpots may cook in 6 hours). Remember NOT to add the tomato paste until after cooking the beans (see next step).
  • When kidney beans are cooked (beans should be soft but not mushy), turn off crock pot. Add tomato paste and blend in with mixture. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

 Here are some more high-flavor, anti-inflammatory recipes you can make in a snap.

  1. Easy Spicy PALEO One Week Meal Plan
  2. Crock Pot Lentils (coming soon)
  3. Tasty Garbanzo Bean Recipe to Kickstart Your Weight Loss 

The Benefits of This Crock Pot Chili Recipe

It’s the trifecta of low inflammation and weight loss, with

  1. Veggies
  2. Fiber
  3. Lean protein

A low inflammatory diet is a major part of weight loss. Inflammation and fat cells go hand-in-hand. When your fat cells are expanded beyond their normal size, they’re releasing more inflammation into your body.

Higher inflammation levels also make it harder to shrink those fat cells back down. Eating healthier foods and spices to reduce inflammation is a key way to breaking this cycle.

This crock pot chili recipe is one of those foods! Plus with the added ginger, you get even better digestion and anti-inflammatory power.

 Click here to get your FREE Ginger Cheat Sheet PDF, where you’ll learn 5 ways to use ginger to boost your metabolism.


Over to you!

There you have it! Now you can make a delicious chili with this crock pot chili recipe. AND you know how to make it less gassy, too.

Did you know chili is a one-pot dish that is easy, tasty, and helps your body feel amazing? When are you going to try the black bean chili?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Nagina Sethi Abdullah, BA, MBA

Nagina Abdullah is a health coach for middle-aged women and professionals. She coaches women to boost their metabolism naturally, shed pounds and keep them off. Her work with weight loss clients led to the creation of Masala Body, an online weight loss platform that provides an easy and accessible system that helps women sustainably lose weight. She has helped over 1200 women successfully lose from 10-80 lbs and create a sustainable lifestyle change. Nagina earned her degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley.

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