My Texas Crockpot Chili

Texas Crockpot Chili If you are from Texas, like I am, you will have a great appreciation for Chili.  One trick to making a great chili is to slowly build flavor by simmering awhile so everything can cook…the longer the better!  So this is what I have here…my Texas Crockpot Chili!

When my husband and I were just married…I really didn’t know how to cook and I would use those pre-packaged Chili Packets you buy at the store that have all of the Chili seasonings put together for you.  But over the years, I began to realize I didn’t need those packaged seasonings if I kept the basic ingredients on hand.  After a while, I figured out a recipe that is simple to make and everyone loves.

My version of Texas chili has beans.  Being that I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, I am well aware that Traditional-Style Texas Chili does not have beans.  When I was little, my mom competed in many chili cook-offs and I got to be a designated taste-tester.  However, I always thought that chili without beans just didn’t taste right.  So this is the way I like to make My Texas Chili and my family gobbles it up every time.


It is a super easy crock-pot dinner your family will be sure to love!

Enjoy!

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My Texas Crockpot Chili
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A very simple recipe to start in the morning for a hearty and delicious Texas-Style Chili!
Servings Prep Time
8 20 min
Cook Time
6 hrs
Servings Prep Time
8 20 min
Cook Time
6 hrs
My Texas Crockpot Chili
Print Recipe
A very simple recipe to start in the morning for a hearty and delicious Texas-Style Chili!
Servings Prep Time
8 20 min
Cook Time
6 hrs
Servings Prep Time
8 20 min
Cook Time
6 hrs
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, heat ground beef and onion until cooked through. Drain excess grease and set aside.
  2. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients including the cooked ground beef. Stir and set on low. Cook for 6-8 hours until ready to eat. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and homemade corn bread. :)
Recipe Notes

This recipe uses a 6 quart crock pot.

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49 Comments on My Texas Crockpot Chili

  1. Lynette
    December 30, 2015 at 4:50 am (11 months ago)

    This sounds delicious and I plan to make it but unsure of the amount of chilli powder. Is it a special type that you use as 1/4 cup of the type I have would be way too much.

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    • Melissa
      January 2, 2016 at 10:50 am (11 months ago)

      Thank you Lynette for your comment! I use the Gebhardt brand Chili Powder found at most grocery stores. This brand was recommended to me years ago and I have used it in all of my recipes from Beef Enchiladas and Spanish Rice. If you can’t find that brand, I would use McCormick or any other mild flavor chili powder. I have children so when I make meals, I try to keep it pretty mild for them.

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      • Michelle
        February 4, 2016 at 5:14 pm (10 months ago)

        Hi! I was also wondering about the 1/4 cup chili powder. I actually thought it might be a typo. Does this make it way too spicy? I plan on making it for some coworkers (who are all men and work in the cold all morning.)

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        • Melissa
          February 5, 2016 at 7:57 am (10 months ago)

          Hi Michelle! Thanks for your comment! I know a 1/4 cup seems like a lot but you need a lot of chili powder to give your chili its flavor. Without it, it will not have that spice that chili is known for. Most chili powders I have found are not spicy and have not made the chili spicy. The way to make chili spicy is to add red pepper or cayenne pepper. If you do add the red pepper, do so very carefully because a little goes a long way. I hope this helps! I am sure your co-workers will love it!

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  2. Joe
    December 31, 2015 at 1:53 pm (11 months ago)

    Just a question on the salt and pepper, is it a table spoon of both or half salt and half pepper.

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    • Melissa
      January 2, 2016 at 10:44 am (11 months ago)

      Thank you for your comment Joe! I add 1 tbsp each of the salt & pepper. You can add more or less depending on your flavor preference.

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    • Melissa
      January 6, 2016 at 4:47 pm (11 months ago)

      Thank you so much Molly for your comment, I am so happy you love this recipe! Also, thanks for suggesting the Chili Contest…I just entered! Wish me luck! 🙂

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  3. Breeannah
    January 10, 2016 at 4:47 pm (11 months ago)

    I just made this. I just put everything in the crockpot 47 minutes ago. The only thing I did different was I used ground turkey and chicken bouillon instead of beef bouillon and ground beef. I really hope this turns out great!! I’m going to add it to some homemade cornbread.

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    • Breeannah
      January 10, 2016 at 4:50 pm (11 months ago)

      And I also used a can of tomatoes mixed with green Chili’s instead of a can of chili greens and a chopped tomato

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      • Melissa
        January 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm (11 months ago)

        Hi Breeannah,

        Thank you for your comment. I often make slight changes to recipes I find in order to suit my flavor preferences or what I happen to have on hand. There is nothing worse than going all the way to the store just to pick up one missing ingredient. Good luck on your chili, I am sure it will be very tasty!

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        • Breeannah
          January 17, 2016 at 6:33 am (11 months ago)

          It was great!! I’ll be making it again later today 🙂

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          • Melissa
            January 18, 2016 at 5:19 pm (11 months ago)

            Great! I am so happy it worked for you!

  4. Stephanie
    January 18, 2016 at 1:37 pm (11 months ago)

    Hi there! This recipe sounds amazing! I’d love to make it for an upcoming party but would need to feed about 18 people. I was thinking I would just double your recipe but wondering if it would fit in my crock pot! Any idea what size crock pot I would need for that? Thanks so much for your help!

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    • Melissa
      January 18, 2016 at 5:24 pm (11 months ago)

      Hi Stephanie!

      I have a pretty basic 5 qt crockpot and when I make this recipe it usually only fills up about 3/4 of the way. So if you were to get a larger crockpot about 8-9 qt, you should be just fine with a doubled recipe. Good luck with it!! I am sure they will love it!

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  5. Rachel S
    January 21, 2016 at 8:48 am (11 months ago)

    Can I cook this on high for 3-4 hours?

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    • Melissa
      January 28, 2016 at 6:11 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Rachel! 3-4 hours should be plenty of time for the flavors to blend. If you are not sure about the heat level of your Crock Pot, I would just keep an eye on it if you can and make sure that it doesn’t over-cook and dry out.

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  6. Lorraine
    January 23, 2016 at 2:35 pm (11 months ago)

    Going to give this a go for supper tonight , my kitchen smells like a Mexican restaurant. Let you know how it taste.

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    • Melissa
      January 28, 2016 at 6:08 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Lorraine! I know exactly what you are talking about. You can really smell that chili spice when it is cooking! I hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

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  7. Hannah
    January 29, 2016 at 12:26 pm (10 months ago)

    I have in laws coming this weekend and would love to make this as an easy, no stress dinner. Is this 8 hearty servings? I need to feed 8 adults and I am doing other things along with it, but I hate for Sunday to roll around and realize that its not enough to feed us all.
    Thanks!

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    • Melissa
      January 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Hannah! Thanks for your comment. If you are looking for no stress…this is the recipe!! My family consists of children so the portions are a little smaller than an average sized adult. To be safe and make sure there is enough, you could double up the recipe. There will be enough for your guests to have seconds or for lunch the next day. 🙂

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  8. Sarah
    January 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm (10 months ago)

    Today is my second time making this chili and it is absolutely AMAZING!!! The hubby and I were very impressed. I will never try another recipe! So glad I found this

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    • Melissa
      February 1, 2016 at 9:00 am (10 months ago)

      Hello Sarah! I am so happy you and your hubby enjoy this recipe!! YAY! 🙂

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  9. Mary
    February 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm (10 months ago)

    Hello! I live in a dorm and do not have access to a full kitchen. Is it possible to put the beef in raw and let it cook longer?

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    • Melissa
      February 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Mary! That is a great question. I have made this recipe many times and actually have tried to make it without browning the beef first. It is possible to make it without browning in a skillet but the meat will have a different texture. What I would suggest is to let the beef cook about 20-30 minutes or until brown in the crockpot then add the remaining ingredients. It will take a little longer but that way the meat is cooked through and will hold the texture you want. I hope this works for you!

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      • Sandra
        April 17, 2016 at 11:48 am (8 months ago)

        Hi Mary and Melissa. We go camping with a group of us so I cook about 5 to 10 lbs of hamburger in the crock pot while we are sleeping and then it’s ready for the chili and tacos to slow cook during the day. Or Mary you can invest in a nice electric skillet which we use a lot for camping.

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        • Melissa
          April 19, 2016 at 10:32 am (8 months ago)

          Hi Sandra,

          Thanks for the tips for making Chili while camping!

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  10. Sammi
    February 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm (10 months ago)

    Hello! Is there anything I can use instead of the beef bullion? It’s the only thing I don’t have. I do have beef broth in a can though? Would that work?

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    • Melissa
      February 15, 2016 at 1:28 pm (10 months ago)

      Hi Sammi,

      Yes, go ahead and use the beef broth! This will work just fine! Enjoy!

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  11. Tiyama
    March 14, 2016 at 11:20 am (9 months ago)

    This recipe is a HUGE hit at my house! I may have to buy a bigger crock pot if I keep making this, because there’s never any left for leftovers! 😜😀 My mom loves traditional Texas style with no beans, I but completely agree with you, it’s just not quite right without them. 😊

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    • Melissa
      March 15, 2016 at 3:59 pm (9 months ago)

      Hi Tiyama!

      Thanks so much for your kind comment! I am so happy you loved it! 🙂

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      • Carla
        March 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm (9 months ago)

        Do you have to cook it in crock pot

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        • Melissa
          March 27, 2016 at 9:51 am (9 months ago)

          Hi Carla. That is a great question. I have made it in a large pot before and it turns out just fine. Just be sure to keep the heat on med-low so that it does not overcook and you end up with burned chili! That’s why I prefer the crock pot, it keeps the heat down and you don’t have to worry about it. Let me know if that works for you!

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  12. Ryan
    March 16, 2016 at 8:09 pm (9 months ago)

    Hi. The recipe looks great. What size slow cooker is recommended for this recipe? I have a 6 quart and I am going to try the chili for a party so I wanted to make full use of its capacity. I’m not sure if I should double up the ingredients or not. Thanks.

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    • Melissa
      March 27, 2016 at 9:59 am (9 months ago)

      Hi Ryan, thanks for your question. This recipe uses a 6 quart crock pot. You might have some room to add a little extra meat and ingredients but I am not sure if you could double the recipe entirely. How many people are in your party?

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  13. Vicki
    March 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm (9 months ago)

    I won our Chili Cook-off at work with this recipe!! I did substitute the pinto beans for Ranch Beans, but I’m sure it’s great with either. I used 1.25 tbsp cayenne and it had great heat, but not too much. At Christmas, I did two- one with 2 tbsp and one with a half tbsp to work for all. THANK YOU for posting an easy, yummy recipe!!

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    • Melissa
      March 27, 2016 at 9:50 am (9 months ago)

      Wow Vicki! Congratulations on the win! I am sure that was exciting for you! Did you share the recipe with anyone at your office or keep it a secret? LOL!! I am glad you loved it! 🙂

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  14. Ashley
    March 21, 2016 at 7:27 pm (9 months ago)

    Hey Melissa! I have to say up front, I’ve NEVER left feedback on a recipe before and I’ve found hundreds on Pinterest. This is hands down, the BEST chili recipe my husband and I have ever had!!! My husband has a chili recipe that’s fantastic (truly!) but I was looking for something quick and specifically sought out a crockpot recipe. Within two bites my husband said your recipe blew his out of the water…and that’s saying A LOT! He didn’t even make it to the dinner table because he wouldn’t stop eating long enough to walk from the island to the table!!

    Like someone who left a comment before me, I used a can of Rotel rather than a diced tomatoes and green chilis but that’s the only modification I made.

    Kudos, kudos, kudos on an INCREDIBLE recipe!!

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    • Melissa
      March 27, 2016 at 9:45 am (9 months ago)

      Wow, what a compliment Ashley!! Thank you so much for your comment. I really love this chili recipe and I am so happy you and your husband do too! Actually, just this passed week I made this recipe and also subbed for a can of Rotel tomatoes. I used the mild flavor and it turned out great! Thanks again for your comment! You made my day! <3

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  15. Chris Morgan
    March 22, 2016 at 11:53 pm (9 months ago)

    Melissa… This was just awful!… LOL only kidding. It sounds totally amazing and I am so impressed with all the positive feedback on this recipe. I do have one question for you though. I am not a big fan of chili with beans. I would like your honest opinion as to how this recipe is exactly as instructed but without any beans? Is it just a dealbreaker?Thanks in advance!!

    Chris

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    • Melissa
      March 27, 2016 at 9:48 am (9 months ago)

      Hahaha!! You had me going there for a second! Yes this recipe should be just fine if you don’t want to add beans. Go ahead and try it out! I am sure the chili will still be delicious without them. Let me know how you like it!

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  16. Tori
    March 29, 2016 at 4:25 am (8 months ago)

    Is it actually 1/4 cup of chili powder? Or is that a typo

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    • Melissa
      March 29, 2016 at 8:14 am (8 months ago)

      Hi Tori! Yes it is 1/4 cup chili powder. I know it seems like a lot but you need lots to get the full chili flavor. Trust me, it works!

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  17. Jenn
    April 29, 2016 at 8:38 am (7 months ago)

    Trying this tonight with deer meat. Doubt my kids will eat it, but my husband and I will like it. I like chili with beans, I just like the different texture, and it stretches the chili out for less money (beans are cheaper than meat).

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    • Melissa
      May 3, 2016 at 8:06 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Jenn, I totally agree. I like the texture beans add to chili as well as the additional fiber that you don’t get with just meat. I have made this recipe with deer meat and its one of the few ways I like to prepare it. The chili takes a lot of the gamey flavor away from the meat.

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  18. Cora
    May 3, 2016 at 7:26 am (7 months ago)

    I am a huge chili fan (born and bred in chili-loving Cincinnati) and this recipe is AMAZING!!!! I never realized what the extra chili powder would do! It adds so much flavor!

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    • Melissa
      May 3, 2016 at 7:50 am (7 months ago)

      Hi Cora! Thanks so much for your comment and I am happy you love it. I think it is amazing too!! Its one of my favorite meals because it takes so little work but is so filling and flavorful.

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  19. Susan
    June 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm (6 months ago)

    Love this recipe! I used 1 16 oz can of tomato sauce instead of a 30 oz can because I misread the recipe. It was nice and thick. Amazing flavor!

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    • Melissa
      June 5, 2016 at 9:30 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks so much!! I am glad it worked out for you. The best thing about this recipe is it really is forgiving when it comes to the ingredients. You can adjust many of the ingredients to make it just how you like it.

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