Texas Chili Recipe!  This Texas style chili is bursting with meat and spice, and only takes 20 minutes to come together. Perfect for game days or an easy weeknight family dinner! 

Bowl full of Texas Chili. Topped with cheese, sour cream, white onion and jalapeno.

 

What is Texas Chili?

Texas Chili, or what Texans refer to as Texas Red, is a chili made of meat, no beans allowed, and loaded up with spices for a super flavorful dish. While all Texans can agree that there are no beans in chili, they are pretty well split on if there is tomatoes in chili or not.

With this recipe I wanted to create a quick and easy version that the average person could whip together for a weeknight dinner. Cooking a Texas Chili the traditional way would involve creating a chile paste out of dried chiles and cooking the chili over the course of a day.

So to make this recipe approachable for an easy to make family dinner, we are going to use ground spices to create the flavor profile. We will use a mixture of tomato sauce and beef broth to create the base. And we will be using ground beef as the meat. Again, no beans invited.

Frito pie made with Texas chili recipe topped with cheese, onion, sour cream and jalapeno.

Can this chili be made ahead of time and frozen?

Yes! This Texas Chili recipe is perfect to save as a freezer meal.

How to freeze chili:

  1. Cook and cool the chili completely. Place the cooked chili in a shallow, wide container and place it in the refrigerator until cooled.
  2. Store the chili in quart size freezer bags. Make sure you remove all air from the bag while sealing.
  3. Label the bag with the name of the dish and the date it was made.
  4. When placing the bag in the freezer make sure it is laid flat and not crowded, we want the chili to freeze quickly. You can store the Texas Chili in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  5. To defrost, place the bag in the refrigerator the night before, or the morning that you plan to heat it up for dinner. This will allow time for it to defrost.

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Bowl full of Texas Chili. Topped with cheese, sour cream, white onion and jalapeno.

Texas Chili Recipe (Only 20 Minutes)

Texas Chili Recipe! This Texas style chili is bursting with meat and spice, and only takes 20 minutes to come together.  This is the ideal chili to have on a Frito Pie!! Perfect for game days or a weeknight family dinner! 
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions

  • Cook the ground beef in large pot or dutch oven over medium heat, until fully cooked, no longer pink, for about 7 minutes.
  • Drain the grease. Return the pot to the stove.
  • Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, and beef stock. Stir to combine.
  • Add the seasonings. Cover and simmer over medium heat for the next 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm!

Video

Notes

How to Freeze the chili:
  1. Cook and cool the chili completely. Place the cooked chili in a shallow, wide container and place it in the refrigerator until cooled.
  2. Store the chili in quart size freezer bags. Make sure you remove all air from the bag while sealing.
  3. Label the bag with the name of the dish and the date it was made.
  4. When placing the bag in the freezer make sure it is laid flat and not crowded, we want the chili to freeze quickly. You can store the Texas Chili in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  5. To defrost, place the bag in the refrigerator the night before, or the morning that you plan to heat it up for dinner. This will allow time for it to defrost.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 341kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 27g, Sugar: 3g
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