This slow-cooker beef chili recipe gets a flavor boost from beer and soy sauce

You'll only need 20 minutes of prep time!

This slow cooker chili couldn’t be easier —there’s very little prep work, and it’s truly a set-it-and-forget-it recipe. A chopped chipotle pepper adds a subtle, smoky heat that’s mellowed by the lager beer that simmers along with the rest of the ingredients. Soy sauce may seem like a surprising addition to chili, but it gives the dish a rounder, meatier flavor.

Maggie Shi is a writer and editor who lives in New York City. She has written for RealSimple.com, iVillage, FoodNetwork.com and Epicurious. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @maggshi.