Tex-Mex Chili Recipe
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Tex-Mex Chili Recipe

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Hearty and spicy, this is a man's chili for sure. You can also simmer on the stove—the longer, the better! —Eric Hayes, Antioch, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 334 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1030mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 8g fiber), 32g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil in batches. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, water, tomato paste, salsa verde and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Garnish each serving with cheese and cilantro.
    Freeze option: Before adding toppings, cool chili. Freeze chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and cilantro.
    Yield: 12 servings (1-1/3 cups each).
Originally published as Tex-Mex Chili in Taste of Home December/January 2010, p26

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lutherallie 116486
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Made this for a food day at the school where I teach, evidently everyone loved it! I eat last lunch, so I didn't even get any! :( Will definitely have to make again so I get some!"

maggielomas69 186940
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"I loved it. My husband said it is like a meal on its own.really really good."

kcrihfield89 116485
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I love the real meat in this recipe! Much heartier than ground beef."

roadrunner11 102094
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"This recipe was delicious. I used fresh garlic and onion. I also added the onion with the garlic to the skillet before putting everything in the crockpot. I added extra cayenne pepper for extra kick. I used beef braised ribs which was great!"

gthang 185365
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Very easy and taste great"

Stan Ortiz 211296
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"The best.. Making it for my son wrestling chili cook off.."

kaismia 185363
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"What a great recipe I make this all the time quick and easy and the kids love it. And my favorite part is you can make it as spicy as you want and it still taste great."

Jackie939 186939
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"LOved it and very simple to make"

bchisholm04 186936
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"Very easy slow-cooker chili recipe"

dolzadell 118684
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"My family loved this chili recipe. I didn't have to change a thing. I wanted to try and make chili and was looking for a good base to start with. Will as I said, perfect without improv."

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