Spicy Touchdown Chili Recipe
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Spicy Touchdown Chili Recipe

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For me, football, cool weather and chili just seem to go together. Whether I’m cheering on the local team on a Friday night or enjoying a Saturday afternoon of Oklahoma Sooner football with some friends, I enjoy serving this chili on game day. —Chris Neal, Quapaw, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each ) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with onions, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeno slices
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Repeat with sausage.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Spicy Touchdown Chili in Taste of Home September/October 2013

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Mariaria User ID: 2589544 255523
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"Made this because of good reviews and ease of preparation. I've made it twice now, love it and don't even like beer. Friends and family gave it awesome reviews! Super easy to make. When I first tasted it, I thought it wasn't too hot but the heat kind of sneaks up on you. You get a pleasant heat then it fades away. Not enough to make you sweat but it definitely let's you know it's there. At least that's how it worked with me. I did add an extra 1/2 pound of beef because I had it and left out the bacon because I didn't. Still great! This recipe pretty much filled my 6 quart crock pot. It's all good. Froze leftovers in single servings to take for lunch. My friend wants me to make sure I make enough for his lunch, too! I'll be making this for our next chili cook off! BOOMER!!!!!!!"

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 251793
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"I made this today and declare it a winner. I cooked it in my Instant Pot on the slow cooker mode. We loved it. You can adjust the heat by the amount of jalapenos, cayenne pepper, and hot or mild Rotel tomatoes you add. Use the mild Rotel and less peppers for a milder dish. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. Wonderful flavor. I highly recommend it.

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No_Time_To_Cook User ID: 6334849 239355
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"It was very good.. definitely could taste the beer. I wasn't sure I was crazy about that, but my husband thought it was great."

decar48 User ID: 5127622 233286
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2015

"We really liked this recipe which I made exactly as stated, but next time I think I will add a couple of more cans of beans. Great amount of meat for high protein which was what I was looking for, but with more beans even more protein!"

Scrooge42 User ID: 7683035 233187
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2015

"I made this exactly to the recipe. (Except the store was out of Jimmy Dean sausage, so I used Tennessee Pride or something.) The only thing I added was some crackers when I served it. At first I thought that it was just another chili recipe, pretty much like most others. However, the more I ate the more I decided that it was perfectly seasoned, had just the right amount of heat, and was pretty simple to make. I'm giving it 5 stars. It's going in my recipe box."

susanjaldridge User ID: 7537496 232850
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"What kind of Beer did you use?"

johnsue58 User ID: 268634 232722
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"Very good. Even my son who doesn't like chili asks me to make it. I usually have 2 crockpots going because a single batch is never enough!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 225016
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

"This was a very good chili. I liked the spice and the ease of assembly."

fishrgal User ID: 1182152 220599
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I am blown away by how great this chili is! I do not like anything that is very spicy, however, my daughter and husband do, so I made this recipe for them and ended up eating even more than they did! I thought my old recipe was the best, but all three of us voted to make nothing but Spicy Touchdown Chili! The only change I did was to use Italian Sweet sausage instead of the sausage called for, and I put one small can of spicy spaghetti sauce into it as it didn't appear to have enough liquid. However, when it had cooked for awhile, I could see that it would have been fine without the extra sauce."

Elksman User ID: 7742287 118550
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"I've made different chile recipes over the years but my family said this one was the best. I was a bit concerned that it would be too spicy as some of the sausage I used was hot Italian so I used a bit less cayenne, switched one can of the tomatoes with chile for plain diced tomatoes and added about a cup of tomato sauce and a small can of tomato paste. Next time I think I'll use a bit more bacon to make sure that taste comes through but this will be our go to recipe for chile going forward."

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