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Tex-Mex Chili Recipe

Tex-Mex Chili Recipe

Hearty and spicy, this is a man's chili for sure. You can also simmer on the stove—the longer, the better! —Eric Hayes, Antioch, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup salsa verde
  • 1 envelope chili seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese and minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil in batches. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a 6-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, water, tomato paste, salsa verde and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender. Garnish each serving with cheese and cilantro.
    Freeze option: Before adding toppings, cool chili. Freeze chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and cilantro. Yield: 12 servings (1-1/3 cups each).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 334 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1030mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 8g fiber), 32g protein.

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lutherallie User ID: 2823623 116486
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"Made this for a food day at the school where I teach, evidently everyone loved it! I eat last lunch, so I didn't even get any! :( Will definitely have to make again so I get some!"

maggielomas69 User ID: 6129208 186940
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2014

"I loved it. My husband said it is like a meal on its own.really really good."

kcrihfield89 User ID: 5121811 116485
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

"I love the real meat in this recipe! Much heartier than ground beef."

roadrunner11 User ID: 7235495 102094
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"This recipe was delicious. I used fresh garlic and onion. I also added the onion with the garlic to the skillet before putting everything in the crockpot. I added extra cayenne pepper for extra kick. I used beef braised ribs which was great!"

gthang User ID: 7052930 185365
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"Very easy and taste great"

Stan Ortiz User ID: 7000432 211296
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"The best.. Making it for my son wrestling chili cook off.."

kaismia User ID: 5467893 185363
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"What a great recipe I make this all the time quick and easy and the kids love it. And my favorite part is you can make it as spicy as you want and it still taste great."

Jackie939 User ID: 1672927 186939
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2012

"LOved it and very simple to make"

bchisholm04 User ID: 5661783 186936
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"Very easy slow-cooker chili recipe"

dolzadell User ID: 6124785 118684
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"My family loved this chili recipe. I didn't have to change a thing. I wanted to try and make chili and was looking for a good base to start with. Will as I said, perfect without improv."

Schmiedt User ID: 3889802 108422
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"Outstanding recipe as is but I used fresh onion, garlic and diced jalapeno using the rib/seeds too. Definitely a crowd pleaser!"

madcookingmama User ID: 3886440 211295
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"Oops! Also added fresh garlic!!! :)"

madcookingmama User ID: 3886440 118683
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"I made this chili for a chili cook-off at our church and I won the People's Choice Award with a trophy and all! I added my own home-made salsa verde for the salsa verde called for in the recipe. I sauteed onions instead of using dried minced onion. I also added some other spices like smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and chipotle chili powder. And I used Mexican style stewed tomatoes in place of the plain diced tomatoes. It was AMAZING!!!"

mmmchicken User ID: 5936509 168349
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Definitely best chili ever! I used fresh garlic and fresh onion, instead of dried minced garlic. I also used chili beans instead of kidney beans, and I added golden and white hominy. (Regular corn is good too)"

joannhankins User ID: 5044731 188162
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"How can you really call this Tex-Mex with Beans?"

pearlrvr User ID: 1256058 118682
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"Best chili we've tried so far. I used 3 pounds ground beef and added salt, pepper, and additional garlic powder as I browned it. I substituted 3/8 tsp garlic powder for the minced garlic and 1/2 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies for the salsa verde. I omitted the chili powder (forgot to restock the spice rack), only used 1/4 tsp cayenne, added an extra 1 to 1 1/2 cups water, and simmered it on the stove for 1 1/2 hours instead of using the crock pot. I served it over medium shell pasta with sour cream and cheddar cheese. It was mild enough that my three toddlers had no issues with it. Definitely a keeper."

KKOLMETZ User ID: 5463641 103816
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"We love to hunt. So I used venison instead of stew meat in this recipe. IT WAS GREAT!!!"

Schmiedt User ID: 3889802 168347
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2010

"Like the other reviewer said, I made this for a crowd and not a serving was leftover after the social.

Highly recommend it for potlucks, large family or any other fall/winter get-together!"

ndcusick User ID: 4315369 188121
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"Followed the recipe exactly except that I simmered it on the stovetop for about 7 hours instead of using crock was delicious!!! Made it for company and family...everyone had seconds...will definitely make again!"

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