Texas Chili

Bold and flavorful, a bowl of Texas chili calls for a big appetite. Starring different chile varieties, these easy recipes for Texas chili include a few winners from the Texas Chili Cookoff.

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Smokin' Texas Chili

Pace Salsa & Picante

A robust, sirloin-laced chili includes kidney beans and Pace® Chunky Salsa for feeding a crowd. Perfect for casual gatherings!

Total: 2 hrs

Texas Chili

Better Homes and Gardens

Here's chili the way Texans like it: with chunks of beef. For the crushed hot dried chile peppers, use cayenne, de arbol, pequin, serrano seco, or tepin. Use 12 to 50 peppers (depending on size) to equal 1 to 2 tablespoons crushed.

Slow Cooker Texas Chuck Wagon Chili

Betty Crocker

Hearty appetites will be satisfied when served bowls brimming with spicy, Southwestern-style chili.

Total: 10 hrs 5 mins

Evelyn's Texas Chili


True, traditional Texas chili doesn't call for beans, but we adore the nice meaty, rich texture they help create.

S O B Texas Chili

The Food Channel

This chili recipe has been handed down in our Texas family for generations. We're not sure, but our best guess is it originated sometime in the second half of the 1800's. It has been modified slightly (i.e., original recipe called for 5 pounds beef, 1 pound tallow), but is essentially true to the original. It has not fallen prey to fad ingredients or the desire for heat. It is a great, traditional bowl of Texas chili. My father, Bob, perfected the recipe (hence the name) and while it can't boast a litany of chili championships (because it's never been entered), it has been the champion of countless gatherings of family and friends for over a century. The chili was a staple of our household growing up and is as nostalgic for me as any comfort food I know.

Total: 3 hrs

Texas-Style Chili

Better Homes and Gardens

If you're not from the Lone Star state, taste this extra-hot, authentic chili at your own risk!

Firehouse Chili

Better Homes and Gardens

Hot cooked macaroni helps mellow this super-spicy beef chili recipe.

Texas Beef Chili with Poblanos & Beer

Fine Cooking Magazine

This chili has a pleasant kick. It thickens as it sits overnight, and the flavors round out and deepen. We like it best with chipotle and New Mexico chile powders, but ancho, another pure chile powder, is a good substitute for New Mexico. Both ancho and chipotle powders are available from McCormick in your grocery store.

Bowl O' Red Chili

Diabetic Living

Texans have strong opinions about their chili recipes. The meat must be cubed, never ground. Beans may be served alongside, but are never stirred into the mixture; neither are canned tomatoes.

Three-Alarm Chili

Better Homes and Gardens

Jalapeno pepper, hot chili powder, and hot sausage are the trio that makes this zesty chili recipe a fiery meal.

All-Beef Chili

Ladies' Home Journal

This easy chili recipe takes just minutes to assemble, and then you can step away while the ground beef, dried chiles, tomatoes, cumin, and garlic slowly simmer until dinnertime.

Texas-Style Chili

Diabetic Living

Texans like chili made with cubed meat and no beans or canned tomatoes. So that's how we made this recipe. Give it a try for dinner some night.

Souped-Up Super Bowl Chili Recipes: Score!

Your Super Bowl party may already be a smash, what with the plateful of subs and the finger-lickin' chicken wings. Come halftime, though, it's time to take things to the next level -- wow your guests with piping hot bowls of chili topped with sour cream, shredded cheese and fresh cilantro. Whatever the score, and whoever you're rooting for, these five chili recipes will no doubt leave your guests in a celebratory mood, from a heady Texas-style beef chili spiced with poblanos to a lighter but no less robust turkey and bean chili.

How to Make Chili

Chili is an all-American favorite--and one that lends itself to much interpretation. In fact, once you factor in the regional trends and personal tastes, there may be as many variations on how to make chili as there are people who make it. While most recipes use some combination of the same basic ingredients--meat, beans, peppers, tomatoes and spices--chili aficionados are particular about their tastes.

Slow Burn: 10 Hot & Hearty Slow-Cooker Chili Recipes

We all know that slow cookers are a great time-saver, and the low, slow heat they put out is perfect for chili. The long cooking process allows the spices to permeate the meat, and ensures that the beans will be perfectly tender and creamy. An extended simmer also gives the tomatoes time to break down, so the texture of the chili is sublime.

17 Hearty Chili Recipes for Fall

A hearty warm bowl of chili has long been an autumn tradition. Switch up your family's go-to recipe and try a new one this season.

Texas Cheeseburgers: Dinner for $10

Sometimes it doesn't take all that much to transform something ordinary into something extraordinary. To wit, these Texas Cheeseburgers. The effort here is minimal.

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