This slow cooker chili has a mouth-watering Texas twist!
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Slow Cooker Chili With a Texas Twist

Last updated on February 23, 2019 by Liza Hawkins

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This slow cooker chili has a mouth-watering Texas twist!

This slow cooker chili has a mouth-watering Texas twist!

September is officially up and running, and now more than ever I’m starting to crave those comfort foods that depend on cooler weather: beef stew, apple pie, potato soup and—one of our fall favorites—chili.

My chili recipe has taken several years to come together, and even still I make variations here and there depending on what my pantry’s stocked with.

It’s pretty fail safe, especially since it cooks low and slow … almost anything cooked for endless hours on a low temperature in a slow cooker or a Dutch oven turns out wonderful.

And, since the dawn of the Instant Pot, I can now get that “low and slow” chili taste in a fraction of the time.

My recipe also has a Texas twist: no beans.

I happen to love beans, but husband does not, and I use stew beef cubes in addition to ground beef, which adds amazing flavor and a wonderful texture.

It’s fall-apart-in-your-mouth delicious!

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Slow Cooker Chili With a Texas Twist

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes

This slow cooker beef chili has a Texas twist!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound stew beef cubes (this is the Texas twist), sprinkled with salt & pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 4oz.can diced mild green chilies
  • 1 28oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak seasoning (or just salt & pepper)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs


  • Preheat a large skillet over medium heat, and add the olive oil. Add 1/2 the onion and sauté for 7 minutes. Add 1/2 the garlic and continue cooking until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes more. Increase the heat to medium/high and add the ground beef. Sprinkle the beef with the Montreal Steak seasoning, and continue cooking until beef has browned. Remove the ground beef with a slotted spoon, and place into your slow cooker.
  • Next, add the stew beef to your hot pan and cook for 2 minutes on one side. Flip the beef cubes and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, searing all sides of the meat. Remove the beef cubes with your slotted spoon, and place into your slow cooker.
  • Place the other halves of the onion and garlic into the slower cooker, and add all the remaining ingredients. Stir to combine everything completely. Cover, and set on low for 8-10 hours, or medium for 4-6 hours. Serve hot!
  • Optional and yummy garnish and/or side items: cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onion, saltine crackers, and tortilla chips. Makes 8 mugs or 6 bowls. Freezes well.


    Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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