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Smokin' Texas Chili

Rated as 3.6 out of 5 Stars

"Your favorite chunky salsa kicks up the flavor and the heat in this beef and bean Texas chili."
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2 h servings 296 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 6-quart saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the beef in 2 batches and cook until it's well browned, stirring often. Remove the beef from the saucepot.
  2. Add the remaining oil and heat over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until it's tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the salsa, water, chili powder and cumin. Heat to a boil. Return the beef to the saucepot. Stir in the beans. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 1 hour. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes or until the beef is fork-tender.
  4. Sprinkle with the cilantro, if desired.


  • Chili Toppings: Chopped tomatoes, chopped onions or shredded cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 296 calories; 11.6 g fat; 21.8 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 49 mg cholesterol; 1128 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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This chili has definitely been a favorite everytime that I have made it. However, there are a couple of things that I do a little differently. In addition to the onion and minced garlic, I also ...

This was a great chili recipe. Pretty spicy, that was one of the things that made it great. I will add extra beans and steak next time. Otherwise it was perfect.

As a Texas native, I have to admit that the kidney beans aren't real authentic. Pinto beans give it a real Texas flair. Spices were perfect!

Good tasting chili. I just have to mention one thing. Why all the "Texas" chili recipes with beans? Traditional Texas chili has NO beans or other fillers.