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Spicy Touchdown Chili Recipe

Spicy Touchdown Chili Recipe

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 YIELD: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).

Reviews for Spicy Touchdown Chili

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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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2015

"What kind of Beer did you use?"

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!"

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

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

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."

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."

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!!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2014

"This chili had great flavor! I did change it up a bit by using ground turkey for the meat and bloody mary mix in place of the beer. Next ime I'm going tot try it with tomato juice in place of the beer."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Made this for Super Bowl party and It's a big hit! This will be my go to chili recipe from now on."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Chili was good and had just the right amount of spice. I think next time I would do a little less beer. I felt like I kept getting a scent of beer the whole time. But it was still overall delicious"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"I have made this several times. It is my new go to chili. I love the spicy flavor. I will be making it for my super bowl party! All of my friends really enjoy it too."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"This recipe is awesome! I cooked it for 5 hours and followed the recipe exactly. I did add more bacon though. The chili definitely has a kick, but not too bad to where your mouth is on fire. I will make this again for sure!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Come on people, it is called Spicy Touchdown Chili, it has chilies, jalapeños and chili powder, it I a going to be hot! We loved it. I did use fresh jalapeños. The recipe is a keeper."

Reviewed Oct. 26, 2013

"I left out the cayenne pepper bc so many reviews said it was "too hot". Other than that, I made the recipe exactly as shown. Best chili I have ever had in my life!!! However, the chili could have been spicier. I would reccomend either making this recipe with the cayenne or using hot diced tomatoes with green chiles rather than the mild if cayenne seems like it would be too spicy for you."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"My whole family are big chili lovers. This was one of the best chili recipes ever. Thank you for a great recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2013

"Chris: I have been making what I claimed to be the best chili ever for 45 years. I was wrong! This is the best ever in my opinion. Modified it just a little with 2nd can of tomatoes and only 3 cans of beans. Sautéed onions and garlic (4 cloves) and then cooked with the ground beef. Added 1t of crushed red chipotle for just a hint of smokiness. Bacon really adds a nice subtle touch. My new favorite chili recipe. Thank you...a fan of yours from Joliet, IL."

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2013

"This was great! My kids do not usually like chili at all, and they gobbled this up. I do have to agree with previous reviews that it would have been REALLY spicy if you made it according to the directions. I made a few changes because I could tell it would be too spicy for the kids before I made it. I left out the pickled jalapenos and I cut the cayenne down to 1/2 teaspoon. I think next time I might use Italian sausage instead of regular pork sausage, and then leave the cayenne out completely. I also thought there was a LOT of beans, so I'd leave out one can of the pinto beans. We added cheddar cheese, sour cream, and saltine crackers, and it was perfect! We will definitely be having this again."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"I'm sorry I have to say this, but this chili was just too 'hot' and way too 'spicy' for our taste. We like 'heat' and 'spice', but this chili had just too much of it. My husband said all you could taste was the 'heat' in the chili, and nothing else. When adding the ingredients to the crock, I also added an extra 14-1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes with basil, oregano, and onions, even after I had added the 4 cans of beans, as there really wasn't much liquid in this chili. I cooked the chili for 4-1/2 hours on low, but if you want your chili heated through abit more, I would turn the setting on 'high' after 4 hours of cooking time, and finish cooking on 'high' for the remaining 30 minutes. While eating my chili, I had to add lots of shredded cheddar cheese, as well as lots of sour cream, to cut down on the heat. Afterwards, I ended up adding 2 (15 ounce) cans of tomato sauce, to help cut back on the heat, and to make sure it had the texture I prefered. Sorry I wasn't able to give this chili a better review, but I don't think I'll be making this again."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Best chili recipe ever! It makes a ton!"

Reviewed Aug. 25, 2013

"As previously stated this was quick and easy to throw together. I chose not to add the cayenne pepper and it still had a big kick, I added sour cream to my bowl to tone it down a bit. I have been looking for a good chili recipe for a long time and so far this is on the top of my list."

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

"This was so fast and easy to make. Everyone in the family requested we have this again. Easy to control the spiciness to your liking."

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