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Chili Con Carne is a hearty, protein packed chili perfect for tailgating season! This is an easy make-ahead-meal that you can make in a crockpot or on the stove. Chuck roast is slow cooked to create tender beef that mixes with your favorite chili ingredients! 

Chili Con Carne with jalapeños.

CHILI CON CARNE

Fall and tailgating season is here! 

The weather is starting to change in Ohio and the air is getting crisp and cool. 

Whenever we hit fall I am ready for big hearty bowls of chili like today’s Chili Con Carne, Beef Chili, Easy Instant Pot Beef Chili and this Beef Poblano Black Bean Chili.

You might be wondering what Chili Con Carne is? 

Chili con carne means “chili with meat” and is a spicy stew containging chili peppers, beef, tomatoes and kidney beans.

It originated in northern Mexico or Southern Texas.

I am excited to be celebrating tailgating season with the Ohio Beef Council and share more about the over 17,000 Ohio beef farmers with you guys. 

I have met many beef farmers in person and they are some of the hardest working people I know and they truly care for their animals. 

The Ohio beef farming community never takes a day off.

Dedicated farmers work tirelessly to provide safe, wholesome food to American families.

Cattle farmers, truck drivers, retailers, and others in the beef farming community continue to produce and deliver fresh, healthy beef.

The Ohio beef community includes more than just farmers!

Small business owners, community leaders, animal caretakers, nutritionists and environmentalists are all dedicated to producing nutritious beef.

Although many believe that industrial farming has taken the place of family farms and ranches, 97 percent of beef farms are family-owned and operated. 

Chili Con Carne ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN CHILI CON CARNE?

CHUCK ROAST: The star of this hearty chili is the chuck roast {or you can use pot roast}. The beef is slow cooked and creates the most tender, juicy beef in the chili.

GARLIC AND ONION

RED OR GREEN BELL PEPPER

BEANS: I used light and dark kidney beans in this chili but you can use any bean you like. Some others I like are chickpeas, white beans, black beans and pinto beans. 

SPICES: There are a lot of spices in this chili which really creates a rich, warm flavor. You can feel free to modify them to your liking. 

DICED TOMATOES

BEEF BROTH

Chili Con Carne with cilantro.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SLOW COOKER CHILI CON CARNE?

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and heat to medium-hight heat. Brown all sides of your chuck roast.

Chili Con Carne meat in crockpot.

Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and then add the chuck roast submerging it as much as you can.

Cook the chili on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

When the chili is done cooking use two forks to shred the beef and mix the beef back in the chili.

Serve warm with fresh cilantro, sour cream, corn chips, green onions and cheddar cheese.

You can store the chili in the fridge or up to 4 days. You can freeze the chili in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

Chili Con Carne with garnishes.

WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS CHILI CON CARNE? 

I love modifying recipes based on what is in my fridge and pantry.

Here are some ideas to mix up your chili:

  1. Add a variety of beans. Some of my favorites in chili are white beans, chickpeas or navy beans. 
  2. You can add a small amount of tomato sauce if you like your chili to be a thinner, more tomato based dish. 
  3. If you have a can of hominy in the pantry throw that in. We love the texture it adds to chili.
  4. For the spicy chili lovers, chop up a jalapeño or chili peppers and throw that in. You can also add hot sauce and extra cayenne pepper.
  5. If you love the flavor of poblanos you can easily add a chopped poblano when you are cooking your bell pepper and onion.
  6. Extra vegetables are always a nice addition to chili. Some that I love are carrots, celery, bell peppers, hot peppers and radishes. 
  7. You can add lime juice for a light, tangy flavor.

Chili Con Carne with a spoon.

IS BEEF NUTRITIOUS FOR ME?

  • There’s no stronger protein source than beef! One 3 oz cooked serving of beef provides half your Daily Value of protein (25 grams), for under 200 calories.

  • Beef supplies 10 essential nutrients, including B-vitamins, zinc, niacin, phosphorus and iron, which helps support an active lifestyle. 

  • Beef supports a healthy lifestyle! Research shows that enjoying protein-rich foods can help curb cravings, maintain muscle during weight loss, and maintain healthy levels of blood sugars and cholesterol.

  • Feeding your family a balanced diet with nutrient-rich foods, like beef, helps support their immune system and promotes a healthy body.

  • The protein in beef helps keep student athletes focused during the school day, and the B vitamins in beef provide students with energy to perform at their best. 

  • In uncertain times, it’s helpful to focus on things we can control, like fueling our bodies and minds with well-balanced meals, physical activity and other healthy habits. OhioBeef.org is a great resource for tasty recipes and nutrition information for you and your family.

Chili Con Carne with red onion.

TIPS FOR BUYING AND COOKING BEEF

  • The secret to preparing beef outside of your kitchen, like at a tailgate, is prepping as much of the meal as possible beforehand. Some meals, like Chili con Carne, can be completely prepped before leaving home, making cooking and serving extra easy! 

  • No matter where you’re cooking outdoors, it’s essential to keep beef fresh in a cooler until it’s time to cook. Make sure the cooler is well insulated and free of leaks to ensure beef remains at a safe temperature of 35-40°F. 

  • Did you know that there is no need to bring beef to room temperature before cooking? Straight from the refrigerator or cooler works effectively and ensures food safety. 

  • Save a bundle by buying larger cuts of beef and slicing them on your own at home! Not planning to feed a crowd? Freeze smaller pieces of beef individually to use later. Learn more ways to save when buying beef.

  • Looking to pair the perfect beer with your tailgate meal this football season? This guide will help! A general rule-of-thumb is the beefier flavor the dish, the more robust or flavorful beverage you’ll want.

  • Ground beef can be used in a variety of dishes, making it a crowd favorite. When purchasing, be sure to select ground beef with a bright, red color that is firm to the touch and doesn’t have excessive liquid in the package. Store ground beef in your refrigerator for 1-2 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months in an airtight container. 

Chili Con Carne with green onions.

OTHER CHILI RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Instant Pot Turkey Chili 

Vegetarian Chili 

Easy Pork Chili 

Instant Pot Chili Verede 

Visit www.OhioBeef.org, and follow the Ohio Beef Council on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for beef nutrition facts, cooking tips, recipes and to meet Ohio’s beef farming families. Use #OhioBeef to share photos of your healthy meals this school year!

Chili Con Carne with logo.

Chili Con Carne with jalapeños.

Chili Con Carne

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Chili Con Carne is a hearty, protein packed chili perfect for tailgating season! This is an easy make-ahead-meal that you can make in a crockpot or on the stove. Chuck roast is slow cooked to create tender beef that mixes with your favorite chili ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 - 3 to 4 pound boneless chuck roast, trimmed of fat {you can also use pot roast}
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 of a sweet or red onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced {optional}
  • 1 red bell pepper or green peppers {or color of your choice}, seeds removed, diced
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 - 15 ounce can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne red pepper {optional for spice}
  • 1 - 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Green onions for garnish
  • Cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet and brown all sides of your chuck roast.
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and then add the chuck roast submerging it as much as you can.
  3. Cook the chili on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. When the chili is done cooking use two forks to shred the beef and mix the beef back in the chili.
  5. Serve warm with fresh cilantro, green onions and cheese.
  6. You can store the chili in the fridge or up to 4 days. You can freeze the chili in an air tight container for up to 6 months.

Notes

TO THICKEN THE CHILI: If the chili is not thick enough for your liking add more tomato paste or corn starch to thicken it up.

You can leave the jalapeño out or you can even add more spice but using more jalapeño or adding crushed pepper.

If you prefer a thicker chili you can also drain the juice from the diced tomatoes.

Today’s post is sponsored by the Ohio Beef Council. As always, opinions are 100% my own.

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