Nothing like a warm bowl of delicious chili beans! My entire family loves chili and even my 7-year-old asks for us to make it often. It’s one of those bring the family together kind of meals!
The Great Chili Debacle
My husband Ryan, who is amazing at cooking, has been making chili for years. We have even hosted a few parties where we served his chili, which he made in huge pots to make enough for everyone.
Funny story – we once had a chili party and a few more people showed up than had RSVPed. We ended up running out of his famous chili and had to go to the store to buy some pre-made canned chili. Oh, the horror!
It forever went down in history as the Cooper Chili Debacle. They won’t let us live it down!
Real Texas Chili Never Has Beans!
This is a hotly contested debate. There is a group Texas chili die-hards that get up in arms any time Texas chili and beans are mentioned in the same breath. They can even get so worked up about this hotly contested issue to the point of hurling insults toward anyone opposing their viewpoint. One must tread lightly with these ardent defenders of the “no-bean” side of the argument. Their primary grievance is that a true Texas chili never has beans in it! Period!
To that I’d like to question: why not? or, better yet – who said so?
Those on the “pro-bean” side of the issue will state that the majority of chili recipes have beans in them, so what’s the big deal?
So, what’s the answer?
Can a true Texas chili have beans in it?
In the true rebellious spirit of the Lone Star State I’d like to say: Yes, of course, a Texas chili can have beans!
What side of the debate are you on? Let me know in the comments below.
Fast & Easy But Packed With Flavor
This recipe for Texas Chili Beans is so easy even beginners can impress a crowd with it. The flavor is amazing but it won’t take you all day to make it.
Ryan’s original chili takes him a few hours and he makes it with dry beans. For the blog, I wanted to come up with a fast version of his chili. So we went to work in the kitchen and succeeded.
Trust me, Ryan worked his magic and came up with this faster version. He did not sacrifice one ounce of taste. In fact, he mentioned he would never make it the old way again. At least until the kids moved out! Haha!
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These Texas Chili Beans Will Knock Your Socks Off
This Chili is amazing! The spices in it will knock your socks off! (It’ll clear your sinuses like any good chili would!) Even so, this won’t stop you from scarfing down a bowl in a matter of minutes.
The kids, especially the little one, were so happy that we figured out a faster and easier way to make daddy’s chili. He now insists that we come up with an Instant Pot version of the chili. That little one is demanding I tell ya! But sure enough, it’s in the works!
Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances
Here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.
Prep Tools & Utensils
These are the items you’ll need to prep and make this recipe:
- This is a simple recipe and doesn’t require much food prep. I used my butterfly measuring spoons, these cute measuring bowls, some mini pinch bowls and both a small and large liquid measuring cup.
- If you want to drain and rinse the canned beans, then a steel mesh strainer will be needed.
- For mixing all the ingredients in the pot, I used a large silicone spoon.
Appliances & Cookware
This is a one-pot meal, so I did everything in my Cuisinart 8-quart stock pot. I sautéed the ground beef and then dumped all the other ingredients in the pot and simmered until the chili was done.
Now it’s your turn to give these chili beans a try!
I have included some tips and tricks below in the recipe card to help you make this delicious chili recipe even better.
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Texas Chili Beans
A simple stovetop chili loaded with flavor.
- 2 lbs ground beef I use 90/10 ground sirloin
- 2 cans dark red kidney beans 15 oz, I rinse mine
- ½ cup chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 can tomato paste 6 oz
- 2 tbsps all-purpose flour
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 5 cups water
- Sauté the ground beef in a large stockpot over medium-high heat until lightly browned.
- Add the minced garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
- Reduce the heat and add 1 cup of water to the ground beef and then add all of the spices (chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper), flour, and tomato paste. Mix well.
- Add the two cans of beans. Note: adding the beans with the liquid that is in the cans will add more flavor to the chili but it will also add more sodium. If you want more flavor, then do not rinse the beans. If you want to reduce the sodium in the recipe, then I'd recommend rinsing the beans.
- Add the remaining water and mix all of the ingredients together.
- Set to medium-high heat and allow the pot to come to a rolling boil.
- Once the chili has started to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 30 minutes or until the chili reaches your desired consistency.
While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.
Tips & Tricks
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you make this Texas Chili Beans recipe your own.
To rinse or not to rinse. That is the question, right? Should you rinse the beans or not? Well, we rinsed them for this recipe because we like to control how much sodium we are putting in our recipes. Most canned beans come with a fair amount of sodium added but you can find some low-sodium versions. But, here’s the thing, that juice that the beans are soaking in is super flavorful. So, if you don’t mind the extra sodium, go ahead and dump the cans of beans in the pot without rinsing. It’ll boost the flavor of the chili.
Omit the beans. Leave the beans out and you’ll have the perfect topping for chili dogs, chili cheese fries, and Frito pie. Yum!
Spice it up even more. You can spice this recipe up even more by doubling the amount of chili powder. My hubby’s original recipe actually calls for double the chili powder but we had to tone it down so that my little one could handle it. Every once in a while, we’ll make a batch of the original recipe. It’s oh so good and oh so spicy.
Give the flavor an even bigger boost. We used ground sirloin for this recipe which offers a great balance of being both lean and tasty. However, if you want to boost the flavor even more, I’d suggest that you use ground chuck which is a fattier ground beef and offers the best flavor.
Here are a few ideas for serving your Texas Chili Beans.
Top with extra goodies. We like to top our chili with shredded cheddar cheese (we’re in love with this cheese right now), a dollop of sour cream, and chives. My hubby also likes to add a few slices of avocado to his.
Serve with a side of cornbread. Nothing goes better with chili than cornbread and my Texas Wildfire Cornbread complements this chili perfectly.