Game-Stopper Chili

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours


12 servings (4 quarts)

Updated: Mar. 11, 2022
This hearty chili with sausage, beef, beans and barley is perfect for the halftime food rush. People actually cheer when they see me coming with my slow cooker! —Barbara Lento, Houston, Pennsylvania
Game-Stopper Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage, cooked and drained
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup hot chunky salsa
  • 1/3 cup medium pearl barley
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons jarred roasted minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Corn chips


  1. Place all ingredients except cheese and chips in a 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until beef is tender.
  2. Stir in cheese until melted. Serve with chips.

Can you freeze Game-Stopper Chili?

Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 359 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 1062mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 6g fiber), 23g protein.

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