This easy dump-and-go recipe for an incredible slow cooker chili-style stew is a hearty, healthy meal that anyone can make! Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin Cooking & Seasoning Sauce makes it easy, so you can make it amazing.

This recipe is incredibly forgiving. Use any meat, beans, or additional vegetables that you like. The recipe serves 6-8 people as written, but we made it stretch even further by serving the chili-style stew over hot cooked rice.

I hope you enjoy this gluten-free, nourishing slow cooker chili stew!


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P.S. After we ate this stew for a few days, and most of the broth was gone, I turned the leftover chili stew into an easy filling for homemade empanadas. A bonus treat I highly suggest! *If you don’t have leftover slow cooker chili stew laying about, you can create an easy filling for your empenadas by simmering any meat in Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin cooking sauce, add cooked potatoes, veggies, or cheese of your choice, then wrap in a basic pie dough crust. Delicious.

Slow Cooker Chili-Style Stew


  • 1 -2 lb meat of your choice I used half of a pork-butt with the bone remaining. Feel free to use pork or beef roast, skinless chicken on the bone; or cubed pork, beef, chicken; or cooked ground meat of your choice. Whatever you have on hand!
  • 1 jar Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin cooking and seasoning sauce
  • 15 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups cooked beans of your choice use canned cooked beans, or cooked dried beans. I used a combination of kidney and black beans
  • 1 cup corn kernels frozen, or drained canned corn
  • 2 cups broth of your choice
  • Salt and hot sauce to taste, I used about 1-1/2 tsp *Mesa de Vida cooking sauces are extremely low in sodium, allowing you to salt to your own tastes/health needs
  • For topping: crumbled cotjia or shredded cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, fresh chopped onions, fresh lime wedges, crushed tortilla chips – whatever you like!
  • Optional: hot cooked rice, for serving. This allows you to stretch this meal to feed double the servings


  • Place the meat, Mesa de Vida cooking sauce, canned tomatoes, cooked beans, corn, broth, and salt/hot sauce to taste. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • If using a roast or whole chicken pieces, shred the meat into the stew, and remove any bones.
  • Taste and add additional salt, if necessary. Serve and enjoy!

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