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Hearty chunks of beef make up this amazing Slow Cooker Texas Beef Chili. No beans, just flavor! This is a chili everyone will love!

A spoon dipping into a bowl of Texas Chili.

It’s that time of year where chili cook-offs beg your entry, and the thought of sitting down to enjoy a delicious homemade chili sounds drool-worthy. We love a good Texas chili. No beans. Just beef and the veggies. We love cooking it in a slow cooker so it can stew all day and fill the house with that to-die-for smell. By the time we sit down with the bowl we’re absolutely ravenous.

This chili is so hearty and soul warming, perfect for a crisp fall evening. And it’s the perfect excuse to eat cornbread which is always going to be amazing. This is our take on Texas Chili. There are, of course, many versions of Texas chili out there, but the important part is that there’s just beef, and no beans: the definition of a good Texas style chili.

  • Texas vs. Classic Chili:

    Texas chili stays as close as possible to the original translation of chili con carne: chili with meat. You won’t typically find beans or other fillers in a traditional Texas chili, but everyone has their own interpretation.

    Classic chili is probably what most people think of when talking about chili. It typically has ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and a lot of flavorful toppings. 

  • Spice Level of Slow Cooker Texas Beef Chili:

    Chili can range from mild to HOT HOT HOT! This chili has a fairly mild to medium spice level, which should be easily tolerable to most. 

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Heat in a saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat until warmed through. 

a crock pot of chili.

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A spoon dipping into a bowl of Texas Chili.
Hearty chunks of beef make up this amazing Slow Cooker Texas Beef Chili. No beans, just flavor! This is a chili everyone will love!
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours
  • 2 pounds beef chuck cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 white onion small dice
  • 2 red bell peppers small dice
  • 2 large carrots small dice
  • 2 stalks celery sliced
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 7 oz can diced green chilis
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 lime juiced

Toppings (optional)

  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • chopped cilantro
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Sear the beef cubes on all 4 sides, about 60 seconds per side. Remove from the pan and place directly in a slow cooker.
  • Place the diced onion, red bell peppers, carrots, celery, worcestershire sauce, beef broth, diced tomatoes, green chilis, tomato paste in the slow cooker. Add in the spices (chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt).
  • Cook on low for 8-12 hours.
  • 30 minutes before finishing, remove 1/2 cup of the liquids from the chili and place it into a small bowl. Whisk in 2 tablespoons cornstarch until smooth. Pour back into the slow cooker and stir to combine. Let continue cooking 30 minutes as the cornstarch slurry causes the juices to thicken.
  • Stir in the lime juice before serving. Serve with toppings if desired.


Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 1019mg | Potassium: 1036mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5615IU | Vitamin C: 69.3mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 5.5mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef Chili, Slow Cooker
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Donna Kelmer
December 1, 2016 10:54 pm

Love the reply to Beth it’s wonderful to see people that love themselves so much they don’t need to conform to the media or what other people think they should i have Grey and white hair now and i’m only 46 it’s called living when you start getting grey. I just tell my sons that the grey is from raising them and worrying about them as they grew.

September 17, 2017 6:32 pm

How can i make it thicker? I find its to soupy for my liking of chili.

November 28, 2016 2:11 pm

5 stars
This is my go to chili recipe now…WE LOVE IT. I’m a Texan and it beats any recipe I have in my books. Thanks so much for sharing Rachel!

November 25, 2016 4:06 pm

And that Ladies and Gentleman (and “Beth”) is what you call class

Best wishes from England

November 25, 2016 8:26 am

Thank you Beth – your comment has lead me to this great website. Oh and Beth, your comment is ONLY your opinion and your opinion defines ONLY you, not us.

So I thought this had to be the first recipe of yours that I try Rachel and it was (cos it’s all gone now) delicious. Looking forward to trying more of your dishes. From a super fab grey haired supporter

Marie Franbk
October 31, 2016 1:28 pm

5 stars
Good for you Rachel! Love your recipes, and I am making the apple cider recipe tight now. I can’t wait to taste it! Sour grapes to Beth.

January 6, 2015 1:34 am

This is a decent soup, but far too thin to be called Texas Chilli. If I make it again, I will try reducing the liquid to try to reach the consistency of real chilli instead of soup. Other than that, it is okay. I left out the carrots though (Texas Chilli does NOT have carrots)

January 6, 2015 2:29 am
Reply to  Ray Shultz

I'm surprised yours was thin. Mine has never turned out thin or soupy in the slightest. Everyone has their idea of what makes a good chili, especially in Texas. It is one of the many things I love about Texans!

November 24, 2017 11:32 pm
Reply to  Ray Shultz

5 stars
Ray, in Texas we use bread, flour, and/or crackers to thicken our chili. Not sure where you are from but all vegetables outside of beans are welcome in real Texas chili.

October 29, 2016 9:56 am

You look like you are 70 with your grey hairs. You really should consider dying them for tv so you don’t look like such an old hag. Just a suggestion

November 6, 2016 6:34 pm

Rachel, you are beautiful inside and out! YOU have been such an inspiration to me as I just got married and find myself making a lot more home cooked meals. I look to your website, youtube channel and pinterest board every week and have never been disappointed by any of your recipes. Thanks so much for being here and helping me realize that I really can make awesome, easy dinners at home!

December 6, 2016 7:09 pm
Reply to  Hsnnah

You ARE BEAUTIFUL! just the way you are not everyone can get away with grey in their hair i think you are one of the lucky ones, wish i could. I have friends who have let their hair grow completely grey becuz dyeing it doesn’t keep the color and they look BEAUTIFUL, just like YOU!! P.S honestly, i hadn’t even noticed your grey; to me it just looked like salon streaks. Guess that person has nothing better to do than look closely at photos, as for me i am just interested in recipes!! Sorry, got so long winded just ticked… Read more »

November 16, 2016 6:29 pm

God bless you!
You are very kind and diplomatic in your response to such a nasty, bitter person.
((((Big hug))))

November 20, 2016 9:38 am

I think you’re beautiful. If someone doesn’t like your appearance, they can look away. Don’t let negative people get you down. Although, you handled the comment with such class. I admire you.

Rick Barrow
December 14, 2016 8:40 pm

I saw your video on Facebook, and I was moved by it. I never would’ve known about your grey hair until you showed it on the video. Your response to the person that made that comment was very well put. You are also a very blessed woman to have a husband that doesn’t care about your outward appearance, but looks into your heart. And your heart showed in your video. May God bless you and your husband with long life together.

January 22, 2017 12:13 pm

I absolutely love your response! Such grace and class…I’m choosing to try your chili recipe out of the thousands I see based on that eloquent reply. May you gain more gray hairs and wrinkles to go along with every year, month and day the you are here and loved.

July 31, 2017 11:16 am

Hello Rachel, a video about this just popped up in my Facebook timeline (thanks to George Takei sharing it) and I wanted to comment, even if it is a somewhat older thread. I hadn’t seen your blog or your Facebook page but the food looks really delicious, so I liked your Facebook page. Back to the topic at hand – I didn’t even see your gray hair before you pointed it out. You don’t look old, you don’t look like a hag. You look like you enjoy life and isn’t that beautiful? My mother (who just turned 70 last Friday,… Read more »

October 29, 2016 2:53 pm
Reply to  Beth

Wow, Beth. Your comment seems unnecessarily harsh.

November 2, 2016 12:25 pm
Reply to  Beth

BETH….Anger issues much?

November 25, 2016 6:53 pm
Reply to  Beth

I think Beth is jealous.

November 25, 2016 11:54 pm
Reply to  Beth

Hi Rachel I too have been led here by your wonderful response to Beth. I will enjoy trying out your meals, they look scrumptious. Beth… I’ve had grey hair since I was in my early 20’s after a heart wrenching life change. I’ve earned every single one of my grey hairs and they show people just how strong I am. I also have wrinkles that show how much I’ve laughed and also cried. And I have stretchmarks which are my baby scars which I love with all my heart. Wrinkles, grey hair, stretchmarks… they are beautiful, for they hold your… Read more »

November 27, 2016 9:52 am
Reply to  Beth

how rude! its just better to cover, dye and mask everything right? I would much rather have a natural woman than some fake person, which you obviously are.

December 2, 2016 9:55 am
Reply to  Beth

5 stars
I thought this was called ” The Stay at home Chef? ”
If you came here to criticize her, I the respect isn’t in your vocabulary. You know absolutely nothing about her but you write hurtful words.
For some of us cooking is happy place, a place to relax, we don’t need someone to make the person who gives that happiness then away.

Don Juan
June 13, 2017 7:33 am
Reply to  Beth

2 stars
I am super-hot for septuagenarians (70-year-olds) and this woman is definitely WAY WAY WAY UNDER AGE for me . I’m sorry, I think you’re wrong.

November 24, 2017 11:31 pm
Reply to  Beth

5 stars
This Beth person is what we refer to as a troll. Everybody knows that hell has a special place for trolls, and their negative jabs and insults only serve to ruin and enslave the soul for the dark lord they unwittingly serve.

January 21, 2018 7:19 pm
Reply to  Beth

You are a horribly sad woman.

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