Tex-Mex Chili

Tex-Mex Chili

Chili Tex-Mex
8 servings
Pati Jinich
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: beans, beef, bell peppers, cayenne pepper, chili, chipotles in adobo, ground beef, jalapeno, onion, pati's mexican table, pinto beans, pork
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Tex-Mex Chili recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 3, Episode 2 “Pati’s Texican”


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus one tablespoon set aside
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cubed into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 pound ground pork or beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeño, seeding optional
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder such as, ancho or chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed (or about 4 cups homemade)

To garnish:

  • sour cream
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Tortilla chips
  • Green onions, sliced thin

To Prepare

  • In a Dutch oven or heavy bottom casserole, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef, and begin to brown on all sides. After 2 to 3 minutes, add the ground meat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and let it brown along with the cubed meat for another 5 to 6 minutes. The juices of the ground meat should have come out and then dry out. Stir as the meat browns.
  • Make room in the center of the pan, add the extra tablespoon of oil and add the onions and peppers, cook for 5 more minutes or until they begin to soften. Make some room in the casserole again, add the garlic, red pepper flakes, cayenne, paprika, chili powder, chipotle sauce, cumin, oregano, stir well.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and vinegar, mix well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes stirring a couple times. The tomato paste should have dissolved and the sauce thickened a bit. Pour in the beef stock and once it comes to a strong simmer, reduce heat to medium. Add the beans and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low, it should have a low steady simmer, and cook uncovered for an hour, stir every once in awhile.
  • Serve the chili in bowls and let your guests garnish with sour cream, cilantro, shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and green onions.

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  1. Hi Pati!!
    I came across your show a couple months ago by accident. I am so happy I did. We love you!! My husband thinks you are the best. We love how you go to Mexico and teach us culture and recipes. I would love to live there. He literally went out on DirectTV and found every show that was playing on every channel and hit record. I know it is like 90 degrees outside, but I am definitely going to make this recipe this weekend! I wanted to make the pork loin enchiladas with the green mole but maybe another weekend, when I am more confident in my cooking skills. haha. You make everything look so easy! I can’t wait to watch every show!

    1. Thank you so much Denise for you kind words and to you husband for following on the Show! Stay tuned guys because the new Season from the State of Sonora will start airing at the beginning of October, have fun!

  2. Hi Pati,

    If I want to make my own chili powder using dried chilis, should I first toast the chili before blitzing it in the spice grinder?


    1. Absolutely Matthew! First roast the chiles (do not let them burn or they will get really bitter), then the spices and then grind. Good luck!

  3. Mi hijo me pidió que le hiciera un chilli hispano y no tenía idea… y bam!! Paty al recasted con esta receta la voy a hacer gracia Paty!!!

  4. Dear Pati, I’m a home cook who was asked to contribute to a Brooklyn rooftop 4th of July party. I brought this chili with all the fixings and the president of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, chef Cosgrave was there. She was so generous with her compliments that I cooked the same dish the next year and she said she had been looking forward to it! I figured if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Thanks for letting me shine!

  5. Hola Pati,
    Crees que esta misma receta se pueda lograr en la Slow-cooker? Alguna recomendación para hacerlo ahí?
    Gracias adelantadas.

  6. Hi Pati,
    I have this chili simmering on the stove right now. I did use 97% lean ground round. Also 2 16oz cans diced tomatoes, 3 cups chicken stock because I didn’t have beef broth. Also used hot Hungarian paprika. For the beans I used a 16oz can light kidney beans and a 16oz can of seasoned black beans. My house smells so good I cant wait to taste it. Thanks again Pati my husband and I love you and your family. May God bless you and watch h over you and your family.

  7. This chili is DELICIOUS! It is my go to chili recipe. I have used it now for years and have no need to look any further for a GREAT chili recipe. I do however, like to make it in the slow cooker, so the beef is nice and tender, and I enjoy the convenience of the slow cooker. I cook it in the slow cooker 4 to 6 hours on LOW. Thanks again Pati for your excellent recipes! This recipe is outstanding!

  8. Thank you Pati!!! I used this for our church’s chili cook off and won first prize! I wasn’t the only one who thought this chili was amazing!!!!

  9. I made this tonight and it turned out fantastic. I simmered it for a couple hours to cook off some of the liquid, and I only added about 3 cops of beef broth. It was still fairly soupy, but the flavor was fantastic. My changes included using ground goat instead of pork, 4 cloves of garlic instead of 2, chipoltle chili flakes instead of chili powder, and a habanero and another really xxx hot pepper I grew instead of jalapeño. Can’t think of the name offhand. We really like spicy food. Otherwise I followed the recipe. I made cornbread to go with it. My husband said it tasted great. I’ll definitely make it again. Thanks Pati for this terrific recipe.

  10. I love this recipe so much. Lately, I have left out the beef at the beginning, used ground pork, then I smoke a Brisket and chop up a pound of that and put it into the chili. YUM!

  11. I made this for my brother and his boys, with the cornbread, obviously, and it was delicious. I usually use a lot more chili powder, but it was compensated for by the savory from the broth and the heat from the chili and other spices. What was helpful to me was paying attention to the technique, which I will apply in a lot of other recipes. The next time I think I’ll add a couple of tablespoons of tortilla flour, added with the tomatoes (it’s that the right place?), and compensate with bean broth from cooking the pintos from dried.

  12. just finished making this, did the corn bread first which I commented on.

    did a couple different things, here they are but this like the corn bread is amazing.

    had some bacon left over from the cornbread recipe so I cooked the bacon in the dutch oven first to grease the bottom, give another flavor.

    after browning the meat, put the peppers and onion in but there wasn’t enough room to cook. I put the beef stock in at this time to help soften the peppers and onions and flavor the meat. also added a tablespoon of beef bullion.
    let it cook like this for 20 minutes so everything would soften and then added the ingredients.

    couple substitutions, hungarian hot paprika versus just regular and substituted spicy bloody mary mix versus the tomato paste. on the pinto beans did not drain or rinse the cans first, just dumped them in.

    there is this rich gravy that accents the great chili , not sure if its from just dumping everything in without draining or not but excellent recipe, going to keep going through the other episodes.

    I watch the episode for these recipes too before making them. fun show and I like how you incorporated the culture into the program instead of just cooking in a kitchen.

    keep it up, Pati, big fan.

  13. Hi Pati, Greatings from cold Wisconsin! I just made the chili and the poblano cornbread for watching the Super Bowl. Both recipes are delicious! I really enjoyed the layering of spices and my husband went back for seconds.

    Thank you for your wonderful tv show. In these turbulent times, your joy and pride in your culture and countries is much appreciated. We hope to look forward to many more seasons.

  14. Just made the Tex-Mex Chili: As usual, your recipe, is spot-on! I have never been disappointed by any of your recipes, and I have tried many.

  15. I made this yesterday for my family and I. I also made the cornbread to go with it. Both were amazing!! I am definitely making this again in the near future. Also, hello from a fellow Texan!

  16. Pati, I would like to try this recipe but I need a suggestion. My husband and I do not eat meat but we do eat seafood (pescetarians). I know that the way your recipe is written is probably spot on and perfect with beef but I’d like to substitute. Sometimes I use TVP, soy crumbles or some other product that looks like beef but I’d like to know your thoughts.
    Thank you for always providing delicious recipes!

  17. Patti,
    I like your TV show! Couldn’t help but look for you recipe for some inspiration on a chili cook off.
    Its doing the 1 hr simmer now. I already love the taste.
    Thank You!

  18. Hola Pati, esperando tu y la familia se encuentren bien y no con tanto frío les enviamos mi esposo Thomas y yo Gaby un saludo desde San Antonio, Tx 😁
    Preparé este fin de semana para Thomas este Chili, no sabía que esperar puesto que el a vivido siempre en Texas y decía que el Chili de su mamá era el mejor…… pues que crees? Que este Chili le super encanto!!!!!!! Lo acompañamos con tu Poblano bacon cheese corn bread.
    Mi familia Dice que sólo soy buena para los números, soy Contador publicó, pero el miedo a la cocina se ha ido disipando un poquito gracias a tus recetas y la forma tan friendly que proyectas al cocinar y nos reafirmas que no es nada del otro mundo 😎

    Me siento super contenta de poder cocinar y presentar un pedacito de Mexico a Thomas en cada platillo. Cada vez comemos menos en restaurantes y ahora pasamos el fin de semana cocinando y le encanta ser mi conejillo de indias 🙈 . Gracias por ayudarme a encaminar la nostalgia que siento por no estar en México a la elaboración de platillos que jamás creí sería capaz de preparar.

    Saludos Pati y Dios los bendiga

  19. Pati, this is the best chili I have ever made. I always felt something was missing in the many chili recipes I have made over the years, but your chili has what I was missing – a very full flavor with so many layers to it. It is amazing! I used ancho chili powder. Thank you for this recipe, I am tossing out all my old chili recipes because this one is a keeper.

  20. I love your recipes and show. I can not wait to make this. I will have to do a double batch one for home and one for a chili cook off.

  21. Pati – thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I’ve made chili for many, many years, but this is THE BEST I’ve ever made! This is now my Go-To recipe! (And I agree with Betsy – definitely 5 stars)

  22. Hi Pati.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. It is by far the best chili con Carne I have ever had. Wow, it is so rich on flavour. Five stars. Thanks again.

  23. Prior to this recipe if I had to choose between spaghetti or chili, I would have easily chosen spaghetti. This recipe is so flavorful it’s no longer an easy decision…

  24. 27 comments and nothing but praise! I guess that says it all. Thank you Pati for so being so generous in sharing your recipes. I have been watching your TV program since Season one and feel like I know you and your family. I’m sure many others feel the same way. xo

  25. Hi Pati:
    I just watched this episode today (8 September ’15)and for the Texican Chili you use BEEF STOCK. Where did you get it? Was it some you made….or bought? If bought, what brand was it?

  26. Thank you Pati for such a wonderful recipe! I won first place in a chili cook-off last night with your “Tex Mex Chili” recipe! This chili is loaded with flavor and I love the combination of the two meats… great texture and flavor. I cooked this in my slow cooker on low for about 6 hours and the beef cubes were as tender as can be… melt in your mouth good! This recipe has become my “go to chili recipe.” THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Sure love you and your show! (and your recipes) 😉

  27. Thanks Pati! I cooked this with double the ingredients to make my lunches for a week and it is delicious. love the stewing beef, I cooked on a low, low heat for a little over two hours and the beef was falling off the fork. perfect spice balance, rich and filling.

    Unfortunately I can’t get a hold of pre-made chipotles en abado or pinto beans, so I made my own chipotle paste with dehydrated peppers, and subbed in chickpeas and kidney beans. the recipe is so good though I might make the trip across the city to make sure I have all the ingredients next time.

  28. I’m making this dish again tonight! For years i was not into spicy foods but my husband and I love your show & we’ve been experimenting with different flavors and just love this chili! Thanks for sharing!

  29. I finally got to make this Chili. It was absolutely fantastic! I was working up a sweat cooking it as tgere are a lot of ingredients. Next time I will portion out everything before I start cooking. I dont have a dutch oven, so I browned the meat in a pan. My liquids didn’t dry out either, so I transfered the browned meat into a 6 qt. pot, poured the liquid off, and used the same pan to to cook the veggies herbs and tomatoes. I bought whole peeled tomatoes in sauce and crushed them by hand, added that to the pot, cooked that together before I added the stock and the beans. Worked out perfectly. I’m a, single guy living alone, so it fed me for 3 days, and it got better and better by the day. Thank you so much! Will definitely make it again!

  30. Pati,

    The absolute best chili I have ever had! I prepared it exactly according to your recipe. What a treat for the mouth! The spices were well balanced and just right for my taste. In the past I have always had chili that was heavier on the cumin and chili powder. Is it OK to use regular chili powder vs chipotle chili powder?
    Thank you for making my day.

    Tom S.

  31. So, I haven’t made this yet but my 6 year old son says while we are watching ‘Mom, I’m going to break into the TV and eat that’. I laughed pretty good!

  32. Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU Pati! Tried this last night and we loved it! My husband says it’s different from your usual but I love this too! So again Thank you Pati! I really love your show and the recipes you bring to us.

  33. My mouth was watering at the thought of eating this chili. I am Mexican and married to a Texican 🙂 I will most definitely be making this for my husband along with the cornbread. YUM!

  34. Today was a snow day and I decided to put my unplanned free time to good use and tried your Tex-Mex Chili recipe. Although it is the most complex chili recipe I’ve ever attempted, it is the best! Having said that, it was well worth the effort. I should have followed your recipe a little more closely as far as the one tablespoon of chipotles in adobo sauce goes – I used two tablespoons and it was a little more chipotle than I would have preferred. I also let the chili rest for 30 minutes which allowed the many ingredients to blend and settle. Great recipe!

  35. We have made the Chili twice now, once with all beef, and once with ground pork, and absolutely love it.

    Both times though, I could not get the juices from the meat to “dry out” I was left with quite a bit of liquid each time. I could cook the meat longer to let more juice evaporate, but am afraid that would dry out the meat too much. My only other thought is that perhaps my temperature is too low, but the juice that does come out ends up in a boil. Should I just drain it off?

    1. Hi Steve,
      I would just cook the meat a few minutes longer, so juices do dry off. It will not dry the meat as it then simmers with the rest of the ingredients for a while. You may also benefit from cooking in a larger pot, so the juices evaporate quicker. So glad you enjoy the taste!

  36. I live in the Midwest, so you may eat many kinds of chili recipes. This chili is awesome. My family loved this recipe. We have exchange students each year, ourDanish daughter loved it as well. Sad our Mexican daughter was not here to enjoy. Thanks for great recipes Stanley

    1. Hola Stanley, Thank you so much for trying the chili. I’m very happy to hear your family enjoyed it – and your guest from Denmark!! All the best to all of you…

  37. OMG!!!! This is so very yummy. I have watched Pati make it twice and could not go on another day without having it in my kitchen. I made the chili and the cornbread. Tomorrow I will make the pancakes. Thanks, Pati for a great recipe.