Hearty Texas Cowboy Chili: A Flavorsome Texan Delight for the Soul

Nov 16, 2023 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

15 minutes
1-2 hours


  • 2 pounds of ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar (optional, to balance acidity)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, chopped fresh cilantro


Step 1: Brown the Beef

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula. This process will infuse the chili with rich flavors and create a satisfying texture.

Step 2: Building Flavors

Once the beef is browned, add the chopped onions and minced garlic to the pot. Cook them until the onions become translucent and fragrant, enhancing the overall depth of flavor.

Texas Cowboy Chili Ingredients

Next, pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and sugar (if using). Stir everything together to ensure the ingredients are well-combined. The aromatic blend of spices will transport you to the heart of Texas, tantalizing your taste buds.

Step 3: Simmer to Perfection

Reduce the heat to low and let the chili simmer for at least 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The slow simmering allows the flavors to meld together beautifully and the chili to develop a rich, thick consistency. As the heavenly aroma fills your kitchen, feel free to add salt and black pepper to taste, adjusting as needed.

Texas Cowboy Chili Cooking Instructions

Finish with a flourish:

When you’re ready to serve, ladle the Texas Cowboy Chili into bowls, and garnish with your choice of toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced jalapeños, or chopped fresh cilantro. The creamy tang of the sour cream, the kick of heat from jalapeños, and the freshness of cilantro add delightful layers to the already delicious chili.

Variations and Notes:

  • For a smoky twist, you can add a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce during the simmering process.
  • Enhance the richness by using a mixture of ground beef and chorizo.
  • If you prefer a milder version, reduce the amount of chili powder or omit the jalapeño toppings.
  • This chili also tastes even better the next day, so don’t hesitate to make a big batch and save leftovers for easy weeknight dinners.

Texas Cowboy Chili


Texas Cowboy Chili isn’t just a dish; it’s a story of resilience, family, and the bold flavors of Texas. Whether you’re gathered around the table with loved ones or indulging in a comforting solo meal, this recipe will warm your heart and fill your belly. So, grab your Dutch oven, put on your cowboy boots, and prepare to savor the essence of the Lone Star State in every delicious bite. Happy cooking!

Texas Cowboy Chili

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