Chili Sandwiches

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 5 hours


30 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
No one will be able to resist these special sandwiches stuffed with spicy chili. Of course, the chili also makes a wonderfully filling meal by itself. —Kerry Haglund, Wyoming, Minnesota
Chili Sandwiches Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound dried navy beans
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 30 hamburger buns, split


  1. Place beans in a large saucepan; add water to cover by 2 in. Bring to a boil; boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; cover and let stand for 1 to 4 hours or until beans are softened. Drain and rinse beans, discarding liquid.
  2. In a large kettle or Dutch oven, simmer beans and beef in water for 2 hours or until very tender; drain. Place beef and beans in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
  3. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon to slow cooker. Discard all but 3 tablespoons drippings. Saute the onion, carrots, celery and peppers in drippings until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to the slow cooker. Add all the remaining ingredients except buns. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring often. Discard bay leaf. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 289 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 686mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 6g fiber), 15g protein.

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