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Best Copycat Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe

Best Copycat Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe

The Best Copycat Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe is a thick Texas-style chili filled with traditional smoky chili seasonings, a touch of heat then topped with cheddar cheese and red onions. It's a homemade hearty meal your whole family will enjoy as a favorite a cold winter night.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 431 kcal


  • 2 lbs Ground beef - 80%/20% - You could also use beef chuck cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic fresh diced
  • 1 cup Onion diced - yellow onion or white onion would be good
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar
  • 2 14 oz Tomatoes Canned crushed tomatoes. Do not use fresh but canned tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz Kidney beans Canned, rinsed, and drained
  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar
  • 1/8 cup Jalapenos Use a little or a lot depending on you your taste buds tolerance to spicy food
  • 1/8 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes These add another layer of heat to your chili, a little or a lot
  • 2 tablespoons Masa harina This is just traditional corn tortilla flour. It acts as a thickening agent and gives this chile a thick stew-like consistency.
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese optional topping
  • 1/4 cup Red onions optional topping, chopped


  • In a dutch oven or large pot on medium heat, cooking the beef. Stir often to help break it apart.
  • Place onion and garlic into the pot and cook for two minutes, stirring often.
  • Drain any extra grease from the pan and return to heat. Stir in chili spices, chili powder, cumin powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, salt, Italian seasoning blend, and brown sugar. Stir the chili mixture well to coat the hamburger. Turn heat to medium-low and continue cooking for one minute.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes
  • Add kidney beans
  • Stir in vinegar chili flakes and diced jalapenos.
  • Bring to a soft boil over medium heat.
  • Stir in the masa harina and cook for 10 more minutes so the chili will thicken.
  • Serve topped with cheddar cheese and diced red onions.


  • Always start with quality ingredients such as grass feed hamburger meat. Also, be sure your seasonings are fresh. They keep in your pantry for 6 months or so but then start to lose some of their flavors.
  • To drain the fat off of the hamburger, I like to take the pan off the heat and set it on hot pads so one side is a good bit higher than the other. After a few minutes, I place a few wadded-up pieces of paper towel in the lower end of the pan to soak up the grease. Discard paper towel and repeat.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 431kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 27gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 882mgPotassium: 537mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 642IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 4mg
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