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Spicy Touchdown Chili

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours


12 servings (3 quarts)

For me, football, cool weather and chili just seem to go together. Whether I’m cheering on the local team on a Friday night or enjoying a Saturday afternoon of Oklahoma Sooner football with some friends, I enjoy serving this chili on game day. —Chris Neal, Quapaw, Oklahoma
Spicy Touchdown Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each ) diced tomatoes with mild green chiles, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with onions, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapeno slices
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Optional: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Repeat with sausage.
  2. Stir in the next 13 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until heated through. If desired, top with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped green onions when serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 365 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 901mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 9g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • Ashley
    Feb 7, 2021

    Okay, first of all, I created an account just to rave about this chili. I skipped the bacon just bc I wasn't in the mood to fool with it. I also cut down a TAD on the spices. If it called for two teaspoons, I put 1 1/4. I followed the entire recipe besides those small tweaks. Dude. Add some sour cream and cheese to the final product, and this is just about the best chili I've ever had. I like spicy but don't want it overwhelming. This was perfect. I added a can of black beans like someone suggested. I will be making this chili for the rest of my natural life.

  • Debglass11
    Dec 7, 2020

    Made this chili recently and it was a hit. I used all ground beef instead of a combination of ground beef and sausage and used only two cans of kidney beans. I also used regular petite diced tomatoes since that's what I had on hand. Everything remained the same, although I did serve the jalapenos on the side and cut back on the chili powder and cayenne pepper....just a personal preference. Loved the ease of the slow cooker. Definitely a keeper!

  • drejka
    Feb 22, 2020

    Easy and delicious, good for a group. The bacon was a nice surprise addition! I always mix up different kinds of beans to add a little color interest. This was about as spicy as I like to get with chili. Hubs always ads extra hot sauce to any chili I make, so I keep it the way I like it and he adjusts the heat for himself.

  • Brittany
    Oct 6, 2019

    My boyfriend and I thought the original recipe was a bit bland. The next night, I heated it up to make a chili mac and added a tablespoon of smoked paprika, a half tablespoon more of cumin, a little salt, a quite a bit of black pepper and some sauteed minced garlic. It tasted significantly better after those additions.

  • valerie.h
    Jul 8, 2019

    Just a comment to those who thought the liquid content was on the lighter side --- if you're using Ro-Tel brand tomatoes with green chilies, check your can size. I typically buy the smaller 10 oz. cans, so in this recipe I use three of those to equal the 29 oz. called for in the ingredient list. It might make a difference overall... We like a thicker chili, so it's not really an issue for us. {grin} Also, I use a can each of kidney beans, pinto beans, and black beans.

  • Emily
    Mar 14, 2019

    I love this recipe! I have made it several times and it is always a big hit. I substitute the bacon strips for real bacon bits to save some time.

  • JMartinelli13
    Mar 5, 2019

    I used hot Italian turkey sausage instead of pork. For all of the beans, I bought reduced sodium versions. Instead of the beer, I used beef broth. Because I couldn't find the diced tomatoes with onions, I upped the fresh onion to a medium sized one. I love this one because you can make it early in the day, pop it in the slow cooker and not have to miss any of the game. While it's great by itself, it also would make awesome nachos, or poured on top of a baked potato or a nice grilled hot dog. I was very happy with the heat level, but you can easily dial it up or down.

  • Mary Jane
    Sep 26, 2018

    Can I make this and freeze this chili recipe?

  • zookeeperk
    Nov 21, 2017

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  • Stacey4gop
    Sep 28, 2017

    What a great tasting chili! We ate ours with sweet cornbread and it was delious!