This slow cooker chilli is the perfect recipe for Bonfire Night

This winter-warming chilli is the perfect comfort food for a quick and easy meal this bonfire night 

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Slow Cooker Chuck Beef Chilli by ukshallot.com

The perfect bonfire night recipe – quick, easy and delicious. This slow cooker chilli recipe couldn’t be easier to make and is packed full of flavour. In fact, it’s ideal for any winter evening, it’s comfort food at its finest.

Prepare the chilli in the morning, pop the lid on your slow cooker, and it will be ready for all to enjoy by teatime. Not a fan of slow cookers? Simply follow the method until stage five and then place in a large pan or casserole dish with the lid on. Simmer gently on the hob over a low heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Alternatively place in the oven at 160C/140C fan/gas 3 for 3 hours.

Read more: 10 reasons why we love a slow cooker in winter

Slow Cooker Chuck Beef Chilli

Serves 4


  • 10 round shallots
  • 500g diced chuck beef
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • Sea salt & cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 pint beef stock, hot
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tin kidney beans
  • 1 cinnamon stick


Preparation time 10 minutes | Cooking time: 8 hours

  1. Place the shallots in a bowl and pour over boiling water. Allow the shallot skins to soften in the water for 10 minutes before easily peeling – keep the shallots whole.
  2. In the meantime, place the beef in a large bowl along with the flour, 1 teaspoon of paprika and salt and pepper. Thoroughly coat the beef in the flour mixture.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and in batches brown the meat well until just caramelised. Once browned, place the meat into the slow cooker along with the prepared shallots. Fry the remaining meat.
  4. In a large jug dissolve the cocoa powder in 20ml of hot water. Add the cumin, cayenne pepper and sweet chilli sauce to create a thick paste. Stir in the hot stock before pouring it all into the slow cooker. Add the chopped tomato, kidney beans and cinnamon to the slow cooker along with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Stir all the ingredient together and place on the lid.
  5. Cook on ‘low’ for 7 – 8 hours (3.5 – 4 hours on ‘high’) until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened. Half an hour before serving, if the sauce needs reducing further, pour the chilli into the pan and simmer over a medium heat until the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency.

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