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Easy Texas Chili Recipe
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Easy Texas Chili

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"This is a simple recipe for Texas chili I learned from my mother. I like my chili with a little fire to it, but you can adjust this recipe to your liking. This is a chili that only gets better the second day so don't worry about using a large pot and having more than your family can eat the first night because you can have it a couple of nights later. ENJOY. I know I do every time I make this chili."

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Original recipe makes 8 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr


  1. Cook and stir the beef, onion, and bell pepper in a large pot over medium heat until the beef is brown and onion and pepper are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain grease from beef.
  2. Stir in beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, jalapenos (if using), chili powder, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Bring mixture to a slow boil; cover and reduce heat. Simmer chili at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally so that it does not stick. This chili can be simmered for several hours; the longer you simmer, the more flavor you will get.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • For the 3 cans pinto beans, you can substitute 6 cups homemade cooked pinto beans with juice.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 05, 2008

I'm going to try this in the slow-cooker--has anyone done this yet, and how did it turn out?

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 01, 2008

ok... first i must say that real texas chili does not have beans.......not bad for a starter.... but i made these changes.... i used extra lean chili meat instead of ground beef, 2 cans of rotel tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and the tomato sauce,1 galic clove chopped instead of garlic powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin powder, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 can of beer.....

Oct 05, 2008

This was, as billed: easy, delicious and classic. I omitted the chopped chili for the younger members of the family and left it simmering on low for the afternoon and it was delicious. Perfect for a rainy Seattle fall day. Not that it rains here...

Sep 27, 2008

Love this chili----Easy recipe ---- Did not add anything----

Jul 05, 2009

I added fresh garlic cloves, and a beer. Simmered for about 4-5 hrs. Best chili i've ever made.

Nov 24, 2008

Awesome starter chili recipe! I love to use this recipe as a base and then change it up! For example, change out a pound of the ground beef for a pound of ground spicy or sweet italian sausage (without casings) I also love to mix up the type of beans used to give the chili some character. I made this for an event and used one can of butter beans, one can of kidney beans and one can of pinto beans (same sized cans). It was a hit! Don't be afraid to make small changes to this great base!

Oct 27, 2008

I've never been a fan of chili but this was amazing. I did need to make a few alterations out of necessity. I substituted the jalapenos for 3 hot cherry peppers and only used 3T. of chili powder. This was a great half time meal for my family/guests

Dec 15, 2008

I won't say this is the BEST chili recipe but it certainly is easy to make and requires little effort for a nice end product. I browned my meat and threw everything into the slow cooker while I was making holiday cookies and it was a nice warm treat when I was finished with my baking. This goes great with some cheese and sour cream on top!


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  • Calories
  • 171 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 27 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 7.3 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 4.8 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 11.9 g
  • 24%
  • Sodium
  • 605 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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