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Years ago, we took on a Halloween tradition. The night is crazy – in between parties and dressing up and trick-or-treating, but one thing is certain – you still need dinner. (Even though the kids would probably just consume candy for dinner and be more than happy!) So we started doing a slow cooker chili for Halloween dinner. Not only is it easy – you can prep earlier in the day, making it so dinner time isn’t crazy, but it’s ready whenever the kids are ready to eat. If you have older kids, they may go out later than the younger kids, so whether you are eating before heading out or warming up with a bowl of chili after you come back in from the festivities, the chili is there waiting.

And do you want to know my favorite part about it? Halloween can be quite unpredictable here in Utah. You may have a mild night – perfect for trick-or-treating – but most likely, the weather is going to play tricks on you. In my time here, we’ve had everything from clear skies to rainstorms to snow. Yep, the snow has certainly come in to try to ruin the Halloween fun more than once. (Those are always the years that make me laugh – when kids show up in full winter gear. Aka – coats, gloves and hats. It’s a good thing you know that they have great costumes underneath all of that!)
Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Avocado Salsa | www.tasteandtellblog.com

This chili is a perfect Halloween night chili. It’s mild enough for the kids. And if you only have big kids left – or if you are feeding a group of adults – you can always add in more spice. (I think a jalepeno would have gone perfectly in this!) And the salsa. Oh, the salsa. I think that is what sets this bowl of chili apart from all the others. Made with delicious Avocados from Mexico, this salsa is fresh and brings a whole new dimension to a bowl of chili. And if you are brave enough to spice up the chili, the salsa brings a great cooling effect with the avocados.

This is a delicious way to bring some ease to your Halloween night!
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Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Avocado Salsa
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Make it ahead! This chili is made easy in the slow cooker, then topped with a refreshing fresh salsa.
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ¾ cup diced onion
  • ¾ cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can great northern beans, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Avocado Salsa
  • 2 Avocados from Mexico, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 2-3 small to medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 jalepeno, ribs and seeds removed, finely diced
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • ½ to ¾ cup cilantro, chopped
  1. For the chili:
  2. In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until mostly browned. Add in the onion and bell pepper and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add the beef mixture to a slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cumin and salt. Cook on low for at least 4 hours (but it can be cooked all day long).
  4. For the salsa:
  5. Combine all ingredients and serve over the chili. All ingredients can be combined ahead of time except the avocado. Wait until serving to add the avocado.

*I am in a working partnership with Avocados from Mexico and Muy Bueno and was compensated for recipe development. But as always, all opinions are my own.*

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54 Responses to Easy Slow Cooker Chili with Avocado Salsa

  1. I love that tradition of chili on Halloween! It really is the perfect idea to make sure everyone is well-fed and can still enjoy the festivities 🙂 And this salsa is a great way to top it off!!

  2. I am dying for a great, fall chili recipe! I love the addition of the avocado salsa. It looks so delish!

  3. Love your avocado salsa topper!

  4. I love the avocado salsa that you serve on top!

  5. We started the tradition of chili on Halloween, too, when our daughter was really tiny. That was about 35 years ago 🙂 As you say, it’s so easy to prepare in the slow cooker and just perfect for this time of year. Ours will be even better this year because I’ll be adding your avocado salsa to the table. Delicious!

  6. Emily says:

    I love a good slow cooker chili, especially on days like today. mmm….

  7. Joanne says:

    I am TOTALLY going to try to remember this when I have kids. On crazy nights like Halloween the slow cooker is the way to go! Especially when it’s filled with delicious chili. Mmm.

    • Deborah says:

      @Joanne, this is definitley perfect for when you have kids. But you should also try out the salsa on your favorite chili – it was a great way to change things up!

  8. It’s soup, stew and chili season here in Utah, that’s for sure. I posted a chili recipe today too! Your recipe looks wonderful. I love addition of avocado salsa on top. Avocados make everything better.

  9. carrian says:

    This looks bomb, but I have to be honest, that avocado salsa is my favorite part. Gosh, I need it. Really. Pinning this for next week. Love your pretty pregnant self

  10. I made chili last night. Wish I’d topped it with your avocado salsa.

  11. Becky says:

    Avocado topping my chili… I’m not sure if there’s anything better this time of year!

  12. What a fun tradition! I totally want to start this too, although Jason and I are a bit too old for trick-or-treating! Still, this chili looks amazing and so hearty/comforting!

  13. I made my first chili of the season a few days ago (even though we were in the upper 80’s- I just couldn’t wait anymore)! I often top my chili with avocados but I love how you transformed that traditional and simple chili garnish into an avocado salsa! Yum!

  14. This chili would be perfect for a day like today! Comfort food for sure, and I could use some. Love the addition of the avocado salsa!

  15. I can’t believe I still have not made a chili in the crockpot this fall! I’m totally slacking! Plus, I’ve still been able to find cheap avocados, so I better hop on that real quick…

  16. teresa says:

    such a fun idea and tradition. chili sounds like the perfect thing for halloween night.

  17. Cassie says:

    WHy have I never thought to add avocado to chili? Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Bree says:

    Perfect idea for a busy Halloween night and sounds great too!

  19. pinned under “slow cooker recipes to try.” boy, do I love avocados!!

  20. So easy! I love the idea of using this around Halloween time if you have kids.

    I could polish off that entire bowl of avocado salsa by myself!

  21. Kim Bee says:

    Wow this is one gorgeous chili. Love the salsa, never would have thought of avocado. You’re a genius.

  22. I love this idea as it gets kinda hectic on Halloween night! And chili is perfect for the chilly weather!

  23. I love the idea of avocado salsa on top of chili. It’s perfect for a night such as Halloween.

  24. We always do chili or frittata on Halloween night…and my kids won’t let me forget this tradition! That avocado salsa is a fantastic topping for chili.

  25. I really, reeeeheeeally need to start taking advantage of my slow cooker more often. The cooler season and these recipes are all the inspiration I need.

  26. grace says:

    that salsa would be magnificent atop anything, but it’s particularly delightful on that beany chili. yum!

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