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Incredible Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe

Get ready to savor the flavors of the Southwest with this delicious Texas Roadhouse Chili recipe. This hearty chili combines ground beef, a variety of spices, and fresh jalapeños to create a dish that’s bursting with flavor. It’s a perfect comfort food that you can easily recreate in the comfort of your own home.


Q: Can I use different types of beans? A: Absolutely! Feel free to substitute red kidney beans with black beans or pinto beans.

Q: Is it possible to make this chili in a slow cooker? A: Yes, this recipe adapts well to a slow cooker. Just brown the beef on medium-high heat beforehand.

Tips and Tricks

  • Use a wooden spoon for breaking up the ground beef evenly while cooking.
  • For a richer flavor, consider using beef chuck or beef stew meat.
  • Adjust the heat by increasing or decreasing the amount of red pepper flakes and jalapeños.


  • Meat Options: Swap ground beef with hamburger meat for a different texture.
  • Vegetarian Twist: For a healthier option, replace the beef with a meat substitute or additional beans.
  • Spice Level: Control the spiciness by altering the amount of jalapeños and red pepper flakes.

Where to Serve

This Texas chili recipe is perfect for:

  • Family dinners.
  • Watching the big game.
  • A cozy night in during colder months.


Store leftover chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for later use. Reheat on medium heat.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  • Not Thick Enough: If your chili is too thin, add a bit more masa harina to thicken it.
  • Too Spicy: Balance out excessive heat with a bit of brown sugar or tomato sauce.

Making This Recipe with Kids

Involve kids by:

  • Letting them measure and add spices.
  • Stirring the chili under supervision.
  • Topping their own bowl of chili with cheese and sour cream.

Topping Options

  • A dollop of sour cream for creaminess.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese for a rich texture.
  • Green onions or red onions for a fresh crunch.
  • Crunchy tortilla chips for added texture.

Why This Recipe Works

This Texas Roadhouse copycat chili recipe works because:

  • It brings the famous Texas Roadhouse restaurants’ flavors to your kitchen.
  • The combination of spices, fresh garlic, and ground beef creates a rich, hearty meal.
  • It’s a versatile recipe, suitable for an instant pot, slow cooker, or a large pot on the stove.
  • The recipe is easy to follow, making it accessible for cooks of all levels.

Enjoy this delicious and spicy chili recipe, perfect for warming up your taste buds and providing a satisfying and hearty dish for the whole family. Pair it with a side of cornbread or over sweet potato for the perfect combination!

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Easy Texas Roadhouse Chili
Yield: 8 servings

Easy Texas Roadhouse Chili

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Experience the bold and savory flavors of the Southwest with this Texas Roadhouse Chili recipe. It's a hearty, easy-to-make dish, combining ground beef, rich spices, and jalapeños, perfect for a comforting family meal


  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lbs of ground beef
  • 2 jalapeños, fresh, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, course kosher
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 15.5 oz red kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons masa harina
  • Additional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, crackers and or corn chips.


  1. After dicing the onion, add to the skillet with oil. Sauté for 8-10 minutes until tender and onions translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.  
  2. Add the beef and brown it.  
  3. After dicing 1 jalapeño, seedless or seeds in is optional, add them to the beef with the spices.  
  4. Add the tomatoes, sugar, beans and vinegar then mix. Cover and lower the heat to medium low for 15 minutes.  
  5. Remove the lid and stir in the masa harina. This will thicken the chili. Cover the chili and cook on low for 10 minutes.  
  6. Let cool and serve topped with sliced jalapeños or with shredded cheese, sour cream, corn chips, cornbread and or crackers.  

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 327Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 54mgSodium 404mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 6gSugar 6gProtein 23g

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