Super Bowl Award Winning Chili Beans

Joyce Newman


My personal recipe for spicy chili beans won a "Chili Cook Off" at a Super Bowl party. There were 10 crock pots full of chili in the cook off, mine took first place! Most people think that these chili beans have just the right amount of kick! The flavor of these beans are really good, even if you choose to omit or reduce the amount of cayenne pepper if you prefer milder chili beans. When making a larger pot of chili beans, use the larger quantities of ingredients, less quantity, the lesser side of ingredients.

★★★★☆ 14 votes
6 to 8
20 Min
2 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Just the right balance of heat and flavor. A wonderfully solid chili for the hearty eaters in your life.


1 1/2-2 lb
lean ground beef or turkey. (beef was used in the cook off)
1-2 can(s)
s&w chili beans or pinto beans, add 1 can of black beans for variety and a larger pot of chili. (i prefer the 50% less sodium)
1 can(s)
s&w kidney beans (store brand is fine for all the beans)
1-2 can(s)
diced tomatoes with green chilies or mexican style. (for a larger pot of chili, add 2 cans of tomatoes)
1 1/4 can(s)
14 oz. tomato sauce
1 small
can tomato paste with italian seasoning
1 can(s)
7 oz. green chilies, diced
red bell pepper
1 medium
yellow onion, diced
1 tsp
garlic, minced (from jar)
1/4 c
mezzetta tamed jalapenos (jar), minced
2 Tbsp
chili powder
1 1/2-2 tsp
ground cumin
1/2 tsp
mexican oregano
1/2-1 tsp
cayenne pepper, optional
salt & pepper, optional, or to taste


1Drizzle about a Tbsp. of olive oil or canola oil in a large stock pot on the stove and heat to med-high temp. Saute onion, jalapenos, and garlic until onions are almost clear.
2Mince lean ground beef and cook with the onion mixture.
Salt & pepper to taste. Add Mexican oregano and stir to blend.
3Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, green chiles, including the liquid from the tomatoes. Stir to incorporate.
4Drain the liquid from all of the beans. Pour beans into the chili mixture and stir well.
If you have time to tend to the beans you can leave them in the stock pot. Let the chili beans simmer for 1-2 hours. Make sure to stir periodically. Otherwise, put the chili mixture & beans into a slow cooker for 4 - 6 hours on low, then on warm until ready to serve.
5Optional: Serve with corn bread, Fritos scoops, shredded cheddar/jack or mexican blend cheeses, and sour cream.
Steps 1 , 2 & 3 are done in a large skillet or large saute pan instead of a stock pot.
Pour the ingredients into slow cooker or crockpot and continue with steps 4 & 5.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Side Dishes, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collections: Crock Pot Recipes, Chili
Other Tag: Quick & Easy