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Slow Cooker Brisket Chili
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Slow Cooker Brisket Chili

Slow Cooker Brisket Chili is loaded with tender chunks of brisket, lots of spices, black beans, and fire-roasted tomatoes.
Course Soup
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef brisket, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow or sweet onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (16-ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Lime Cream

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Stir together first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl. Add brisket pieces and toss to coat well.
  • Heat oil in a large cast iron or nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add brisket. Cook in 2 batches if necessary. Sprinkle any leftover spice mixture over the brisket. Cook until browned on all sides.
  • Transfer brisket to a 6-quart or larger crock pot. 
  • Add bell pepper, onion, and garlic to the pan. No need to wipe it clean. You want it to get flavored from the spices and grease left in the pan. Cook just until starting to get soft and then add to crock pot.
  • Add beans, diced tomatoes, beef broth, and crushed red pepper flakes to the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or on HIGH for 6 hours. Stir in lime juice. Serve with Lime Cream.
  • To make lime cream, stir together all ingredeints in a small bowl.