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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MarineMom_texas 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 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 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 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 232850
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"What kind of Beer did you use?"

johnsue58 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 225016
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

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

fishrgal 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 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."

DesiraeLo 124423
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2014

"I love this chili so much! It is sooo good and the flavors all mix so well together and the spice that it has, oh it is wonderful!!"

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