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Texican Chili

This flavorful, meaty chili is my favorite, and it's so easy to prepare in the slow cooker. It's a terrific way to serve a crowd without last-minute preparation. I got the idea from my mother, who used her slow cooker often for soups and stews. —Stacy Law, Cornish, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. Brown beef in the drippings over medium heat; drain.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; add bacon and remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 163 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 242mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • I_Fortuna
    Nov 10, 2017

    Texians would be the name used by early Texans. Texican is new to me. I, too, am from Texas and this dish might indeed be called Mexican or Tex-Mex hence the term "Texican". Ours is a Mexican family. Mexican food is really very simple and the ingredients in this recipe may easily be found in both Mexican and Tex-Mex homes today and traditionally. The only thing making it more Tex-Mex, I suppose, are the tomato products but they are just perfect for soup but not enchilada sauce or Mexican rice. Tex-Mex chili is not usually made with beans but Mexican chili is. So, I think Texican is a good word to describe it. Lovely recipe and I will love making it but will leave out the beans for hubby.

  • mommayor
    Oct 5, 2015

    Good recipe! I use ground turkey instead of beef and cilantro instead of parsley. Very tasty!

  • STBay
    Feb 15, 2014

    I love this recipe, I like to add a little something with red pepper flakes and hot sauce sometimes as well.

  • pajamaangel
    Jan 2, 2013

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  • angelasandoval
    Oct 31, 2012

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  • ShayneM
    Oct 10, 2012

    Good recipe, but being a Texan I have to say....This is neither Texan or Mexican, much less a mixture of the two.

  • blhenn
    Sep 13, 2012

    I made this recipe out of my "best loved recipes" cookbook and I loved it! So did our 4 year old son. My husband ate it and said it was good, but he prefers the flavor of "normal ground beef chili" LOL... his words, not mine. I will be using this as my go to chili recipe now.

  • Rockamama
    Sep 3, 2012

    Good recipe. I don't know why "hunters" loving it would make a difference one way or the other, but tasty recipe nonetheless.

  • sd20
    Dec 14, 2011

    Good recipe! The meat is so tender after being in the crockpot all day.

  • mktwise
    Dec 11, 2011

    With a food processor, the bulk of the prep time is spent cooking the meat. Really easy n very tasty. My husband suggested adding some red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick.