Slow Cooker Sausage Chili – A Classic Recipe with a Twist!

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Dinners just got more interesting with this Slow Cooker Sausage Chili! Classic chili gets a twist and uses sweet and spicy sausages instead of ground beef giving the dish a whole new dimension. Throw in red and white beans, Tex-Mex herbs, and spices for a new family favourite. Ideal for autumnal dinners, Halloween, or Bonfire night gatherings.

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Slow Cooker Sausage Chili

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Classic chili gets a nice boost of flavor by using a combination of spicy and sweet pork sausage, rather than plain ground beef.

This recipe for slow cooker sausage chili is a perfect dish to make on a chilly autumn day. It’s hearty, satisfying, and has just enough heat to keep you warm without feeling overwhelmed by spice.

Although, to turn up the heat, even more, use all spicy sausage instead.

A little bit of prep is required – browning of the sausage and onions, but other than that, you just dump all the ingredients into the slow cooker pot and leave it to cook.

There is nothing more welcoming than coming home to a house full of cooking aromas knowing that all you have to do is serve!

Chili is the sort of dish I love to serve up at Halloween (and Bonfire Night in the UK) as it can easily be doubled or tripled to feed lots of people.

You could even set up a chili bar with sides and toppings for guests to garnish their bowls of sausage chili.

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Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

While most ingredients can be bought in grocery stores, for your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients (and equipment) needed for this recipe have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online.

It does not include staple ingredients such as oil, salt, sugar, etc., as you’re likely to have those in your kitchen. The complete list of ingredients with measurements is found in the recipe card.

Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog use both cup measurements and/or weighted measurements. American cups and kitchen food scales are handy pieces of equipment to have in your kitchen as it means you’ll be able to make all of the different recipes on my blog. I try to give American, imperial, and metric measurements in my recipes. Please note, you can mix cup measurements with weighted measurements, but never mix imperial (pounds, ounces, pints, etc.,) with metric (kilograms, grams, litres, etc.,).

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Spicy Sausage

  • This is an American recipe and uses two kinds of sausage – spicy, and sweet. Which is what us Brits would call sausagemeat. The spicy sausage is essentially seasoned pork – just like the spicy pork you get on top of pizzas!
  • From American recipes I have made and seen over the years, spicy sausage, sweet sausage, and [simply] sausage seem to be popular.
  • So what happens if you’re not in the USA and want to make this dish? Well, you totally can!
  • You could buy some spicy sausages from a deli or supermarket and remove the meat from the casings to use in the recipe.
  • Or you could make your own using either sausagemeat. Check the easy recipe below!

Homemade Spicy Sausage Seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds, ground
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  1. Mix the seasonings above in a bowl and add to 450g pork mince or sausage meat. Use as required in the recipe.
  2. You could also double, triple, etc., the seasoning recipe and store in an airtight jar in a cool, dry place and seasoning meat as and when. It can also be used for beef or turkey mince.
  3. To add sweetness, add ½ teaspoon of brown sugar to the mix. You can experiment with different ratios to your taste too!

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Recipe Tips

  • Crumble the bulk sausage with your fingers prior to browning. This gives you better control over the size of each piece and is easier than breaking up the chunks of sausage with a wooden spoon while cooking. Another alternative is to use a potato masher, if you have one.

How Do I Make Slow Cooker Sausage Chili?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How to Make Sausage Chili in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Sausage Chili

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 35 minutes

Classic chili gets a twist and uses sweet and spicy sausages instead of ground beef giving the dish a whole new dimension.


  • 1 lb (450g) spicy bulk pork sausage, crumbled
  • 1 lb (450g) sweet bulk pork sausage, crumbled
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock, plus additional, if needed
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large stalks celery, chopped small
  • 2 large carrots, chopped small
  • 2 (15-oz/400g) cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15-oz/400g) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (28-oz/4 x 400g) cans tomato sauce (passata)
  • 1 (6-oz/170g) can tomato purée/paste
  • 1 (28-oz/2 x 400g) can petite-cut (finely chopped) tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup black coffee (or water), if needed
  • Sea salt, to taste

Optional Garnish

  • 8 oz (225g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, sliced


  1. Brown the sausage in a large pan over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain excess fat from the pan. Transfer the sausage to slow cooker crock.
  2. Deglaze the pan over medium-high heat with chicken or vegetable stock, scraping up browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add olive oil, garlic, and onion to the pan and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, or until softened.
  4. Add celery and carrot and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat and pour pan contents into the slow cooker.
  5. Add white beans, red beans, tomato sauce, tomato paste, petite-cut tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne pepper to slow cooker. If desired, add black coffee or water to thin out the mixture before cooking. Season with salt, to taste, and stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. When complete, taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  7. To serve, spoon chili into individual serving bowls and top with shredded cheese, chopped onions, and/or sliced jalapeno peppers, as desired. Enjoy!

    How to Make Sausage Chili in the Slow Cooker

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 874Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 134mgSodium: 1912mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 18gSugar: 22gProtein: 51g

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