Texican Chili Recipe
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Texican Chili Recipe

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This flavorful, meaty chili is my favorite...and it's so easy to prepare in the slow cooker. It's a great way to serve a crowd without last-minute preparation. I got the idea from my mother, who used her slow cooker often for soups and stews. —Stacy Law, Cornish, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES:16-18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 9 hours
MAKES: 16-18 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 163 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Brown beef in the drippings over medium heat; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; add bacon and remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 16-18 servings.
Originally published as Texican Chili in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p29

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mommayor User ID: 6425768 234008
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Good recipe! I use ground turkey instead of beef and cilantro instead of parsley. Very tasty!"

STBay User ID: 7552914 16791
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"I love this recipe, I like to add a little something with red pepper flakes and hot sauce sometimes as well."

ShayneM User ID: 6909581 22202
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"Good recipe, but being a Texan I have to say....This is neither Texan or Mexican, much less a mixture of the two."

blhenn User ID: 5747906 21443
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"I made this recipe out of my "best loved recipes" cookbook and I loved it! So did our 4 year old son. My husband ate it and said it was good, but he prefers the flavor of "normal ground beef chili" LOL... his words, not mine. I will be using this as my go to chili recipe now."

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 55335
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Good recipe. I don't know why "hunters" loving it would make a difference one way or the other, but tasty recipe nonetheless."

sd20 User ID: 5560294 202586
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"Good recipe! The meat is so tender after being in the crockpot all day."

mktwise User ID: 6325537 16790
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"With a food processor, the bulk of the prep time is spent cooking the meat. Really easy n very tasty. My husband suggested adding some red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick."

MommyAustin User ID: 6342491 50049
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"This chili was fantastic! It got rave reviews at a family supper! I served it with hearty yeasty rolls! There was nothing left! Excellent, excellent chili!"

snell219 User ID: 5911933 45280
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2011

"This was outstanding! As a matter of fact, I'm making it tonight!!! It's delicious and good for entertaining if it suites the crowd."

judysmith1 User ID: 2706564 22199
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"This chili is delicious! I don't bother with the bacon and it turns out great. We have it at least twice a month."

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