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Hearty Tex-Mex Chili

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours


9 servings

I dreamed up this hearty chili with a Tex-Mex twist 25 years ago. It’s still everyone’s favorite and the go-to recipe in our family cookbook.—Martha B. Hook, Dallas, Texas
Hearty Tex-Mex Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup V8 juice
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 envelopes chili seasoning
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the tomatoes, water, juice, coffee and chili seasoning.
  2. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours to allow flavors to blend.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 281 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1115mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Kimosaabe
    Oct 13, 2020

    Hey Al, the creator gets to name their creation whatever they want. Suck it up, buttercup.

  • Al
    Oct 8, 2019

    It is clear the editor who added this recipe and the author who wrote it using Texas in the name are NOT AT ALL from Texas. This does not belong in any Texas recipe collection; you SHOULD know.

  • Jane
    Oct 8, 2019

    Texas chili does not have beans in it. Must not be a true Texan. Otherwise chili is just so so!

  • jca12321
    Apr 4, 2019

    There are no beans in Texas chili.

  • Lyin
    Nov 8, 2015

    Great base chili! I made alterations to make it healthier and it was superb! I added 1 chopped zucchini, 3 thinly slices carrots, reduced meat to 1lb and taco seasoning to 1 tablespoon. My husband, the meat lover raved over it (and didn't even mind the veggies).

  • j2squared
    Oct 21, 2015

    This is my families favorite chili recipe. DELICIOUS!

  • pajamaangel
    Mar 2, 2014

    This is pretty good. I didn't have the packets of chili seasoning so I created my own. Tasted delicious with a little cheese sprinkled on top and a dollop of sour cream.

  • lindsay8582
    Feb 21, 2014

    I made a few modifications and LOVED it, literally the best chili I have ever had. I used 2.25 lbs of ground beef, added 3 leftover corn cobs (corn cut off the cob), and some jalapeños for heat.

  • sherry1345
    Sep 11, 2013

    I absolutely love this chili. When I make this again I have to leave out the diced tomatoes because of my picky husband. He said he liked it except for the tomatoes.

  • pickup2
    Nov 8, 2012

    Delicious! Thats all I have to say, unless a thanks to Martha & TOH! Carolyn