Ninja FOODi Slow Cooker Chili

This Ninja Foodi slow cooker chili recipe has a delicious cooked-all-day flavor, but requires only 15 minutes hands-on time. It’s full of hearty beef, beans, and spices to warm you up on a chilly evening.

A good chili recipe is a staple of any fall and winter menu. This one will show you how to slow cook chili in the Ninja Foodi for a delicious, hearty meal that will become a favorite in your dinner rotation.

Let’s first go over some tips that will ensure your chili is delicious and satisfying. Then we’ll get straight to the recipe.

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Ninja Foodi Slow Cooker Chili Recipe Tips

If this is your first batch of slow cooker chili in the Ninja Foodi, or if this is your first batch of chili ever, here are some helpful tips and suggestions.

Ingredients Substitutions for Slow Cooker Chili

Whether you’re lacking a few of the ingredients or just don’t like a particular one, these are suggestions on substituting out some of the items on the ingredient list.


This recipe calls for ground beef, but feel free to use another ground meat, such as ground chicken or turkey.

If you’re vegetarian, just leave out the meat altogether. You could also substitute your favorite vegetarian meat crumbles if you prefer.


I used chili beans in my Ninja Foodi chili recipe, because they are my favorite bean and I think they taste the best in chili. But you could also use kidney beans, pinto beans, or black beans, or a combination of any or all of them.


I used pureed tomatoes in my slow cooker chili recipe because I like a thicker chili. But there are other options.

  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes
  • Whole tomatoes
  • Chopped, fresh tomatoes
  • Tomatoes with chiles, hot or mild (such as Rotel)
  • Tomato sauce

I suggest using a combination of tomatoes to get the right consistency you like, as well as the right amount of spice/heat.

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How to Season Slow Cooked Chili in the Ninja Foodi

There are literally dozens of different ways you can season your slow cooker chili in the Ninja Foodi.

Here are several herbs and spices that you can play around with to come up with your own spice mix. Feel free to use a little or a lot of any seasoning, or none at all. Or follow my suggestion in the recipe below.

  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Spicy paprika
  • Coriander
  • Dried, minced onion
  • Dried, minced garlic
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canned green chiles

Tasty Toppings for Slow Cooker Chili

Here are a few of my favorite toppings, as well as some other popular ideas:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped red onions
  • Corn chips
  • Tortilla chips
  • Oyster crackers
  • Hot sauce
  • Salsa

Ninja Foodi Slow Cooker Chili Goes Good With

As with the seasonings, there are dozens of accompaniments you could serve with your chili. Here are a few suggestions (you have to try that last one at least once!).

  • Texas toast
  • Saltines
  • Serve over spaghetti or macaroni pasta
  • Grilled sandwiches
  • Cinnamon rolls (it’s a Midwest thing)

How to Slow Cook Chili in the Ninja Foodi

Let’s face it, most people use their Ninja Foodi to air fry or reheat food. I know I do. Most don’t even know how to slow cook in their Ninja!

Well, it’s time to get rid of your other slow cooker and learn how to use this function on your Ninja.

How do you slow cook chili in the Ninja Foodi?

It’s easy! You just select the SLOW COOK setting. Then use the TEMP arrows to choose either HI or LO temperature. Then choose how long to cook using the up and down arrows for TIME. It changes in 15-minute increments.

However, there is one important rule to follow when slow cooking in the Ninja Foodi. Do Not exceed the MAX line on the cooking pot when using the SLOW COOK function.

Slow cooked chili in the Ninja Foodi cooking pot

This shouldn’t be a problem. I have a small 5-quart Ninja Foodi, and this recipe fits fine in the cooking pot. But if you double the recipe, be sure your cooking pot is big enough.

Which lid do I use to slow cook in the Ninja Foodi?

When using the SLOW COOK function on the Ninja Foodi, you’ll need to use the pressure cooker lid.

But be sure to move the pressure release valve to the VENT position. This allows the built-up steam to vent as your chili slowly cooks.

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Ninja Foodi Slow Cooker Chili

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

This Ninja Foodi slow cooker chili recipe has a delicious cooked-all-day flavor, but requires only 15 minutes hands-on time. It's full of hearty beef, beans, and spices to warm you up on a chilly evening.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 28 oz. can pureed tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Seasonings:
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried, minced onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried, minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Select the SAUTE function on the Ninja Foodi and set temperature setting to 3. Add the ground beef and chopped onion to the cooking pot. Break up the beef with a wooden spoon. Saute for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. While the ground beef and onions cook, open the cans of tomatoes and beans, and measure out the spices into a ramekin and set aside.
  3. When the ground beef is cooked through, add all the remaining ingredients and stir until well mixed. Make sure you do not exceed the MAX line on the cooking pot.
  4. Press STOP to turn off the SAUTE function. Install the pressure cooker lid, and move the pressure release valve to the VENT position.
  5. Press SLOW COOK, then press the TEMP down arrow to select the LO setting. The TIME setting should default to 6 hours. If it doesn't, use the arrows to set to 6. Press START. When the time is up, the Ninja Foodi will switch to the KEEP WARM setting.
  6. Serve the chili with your favorite toppings and accompaniments.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 298Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 67mgSodium 895mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 4gSugar 6gProtein 25g

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