Texas Roadhouse chili is one of those dishes that doesn’t require much introduction. Many people will argue that Texas Roadhouse offers one of the best chili dishes that money can buy, as it is incredibly flavorful, aromatic, and packed with different textures.
When enjoying a perfectly executed dish such as this one, you may think that something that delicious and complex is impossible to replicate in your kitchen, especially if Mexican cuisine isn’t really your specialty.
However, with our detailed copycat recipe, you can have a pot of aromatic, delicious Texas Roadhouse chili on your table in under an hour!
How to Make Texas Roadhouse Chili
There are many different methods you can use to make your chili, depending on your preferred consistency.
For instance, if you like a more saucy version, you can always add more liquid, whereas a heartier variant would require more meat and/or beans, which will also add more texture.
You can always play with different shapes and forms of the meat component, as well. If you’re not a fan of ground meat, thinly sliced beef cubes are a great choice for this chili dish, as well.
Surely, the secret to a flavor-packed Texas Roadhouse chili, in addition to the protein source, is the choice of seasoning.
You do not want to be shy with your spices and herbs, whether you’re using a pre-bought chili seasoning mix or making your own concoction of aromatic spices.
While this recipe is extremely simple and can be completed in under an hour, dishes such as this one benefit from slow cooking. It simply allows all the flavors and aromas to blend together, and all the ingredients to fully release their tasty juices.
Therefore, if you want an even more flavorful, thick chili, you can always set the temperature to low and let the chili simmer for one more hour, or for as long as you’d like to achieve the result you have in mind.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 can (15 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 ½ cups bone broth (or any broth of your choice)
- 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
- 1 yellow onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 1 ½ tsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp red chili flakes
- 1 ½ tsp tomato paste
- 8 oz tomato sauce
Add olive oil to a large saucepan, and heat it up over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, it is time to add in the diced onion and garlic.
Sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes, or until you notice that the onion is soft and the garlic is fragrant.
You may need to adjust the temperature if you notice that the garlic is browning.
Add in the ground beef and give the mixture a good stir, making sure to break up the meat using a wooden spoon.
Cook the meat for about 10 minutes, or until it has developed a nice golden-brown color and released its natural juices.
Season the beef, garlic, and onion mixture with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, and red chili flakes.
Stir all the ingredients together, making sure that the seasonings blend into the mixture.
Pour in the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and broth, and keep stirring the chili until all the ingredients are combined.
Finally, add in the kidney beans while stirring the chili to fully combine all the elements you’ve added.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the chili simmer for at least 25 minutes. Also, remember to leave the pot uncovered.
You also want to stir the chili frequently to prevent the meat and kidney beans from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
After 25 minutes, your Texas Roadhouse chili is done and ready to serve, but as we’ve mentioned, you can always let it cook on low for a bit longer if you want the flavors to be even more intense.
While this copycat chili recipe could give Texas Roadhouse a run for their money, substituting certain ingredients (as long as you’re using adequate alternatives) won’t alter the flavor profile too much.
Here’s what you could use in place of some of the key ingredients of this Texas Roadhouse chili recipe, whether you can’t find the ingredients or you’d simply like to alter the recipe to your liking.
In addition to kidney beans, adding corn into your Texas Roadhouse chili will make the dish heartier and richer.
Corn is also an excellent replacement for meat in this recipe in case you’d like to make vegan chili.
However, we wouldn’t recommend skipping smoked paprika in your seasoning mixture, as this is the key ingredient that will provide that smoky, intense, toasty aroma that usually comes from the meat.
2. Store-bought chili seasoning mix
There’s no need to buy all the different spices if you don’t already have them in your pantry, or if you simply want to save some time.
A store-bought chili seasoning mix can replace the homemade mixture and give your chili that authentic flavor and aroma.
You can always add more seasoning if you feel that the store-bought mix is missing something. However, taste the chili before you go in with extra seasoning.
Butter is an ideal replacement for olive oil in this recipe if you’d like to make the chili creamier and thicker.
Butter will also add a milky, rich note to your chili, as opposed to the refreshing, fruity flavor profile of the olive oil.
In case you’d like a little bit of both worlds, you can always combine the two!
4. Beef cubes
As we’ve mentioned in the beginning, it isn’t necessary to use ground beef in case you’re not a fan of that texture.
You can easily replace ground beef with beef cubes to completely transform the structure of this dish. The flavor profile, however, will remain the same, which is all that matters!
5. Ground pork
Speaking of the flavor profile, if you tend to gravitate towards pork instead of beef, there’s nothing wrong with going with a different type of meat.
Beef tends to have a pretty intense aroma, while many people find ground pork to be more neutral. It is sweet, savory, and fatty enough to enrich your Texas Roadhouse chili.
What to Serve with Texas Roadhouse Chili
Chili is one of those dishes that can be enjoyed on its own, and you just wouldn’t be under the impression that something is missing.
However, we believe that every single dish can benefit from a delicious topping or a side dish. That being said, check out our suggestions of what to serve with your homemade chili.
If you feel that your hearty, creamy chili lacks a little bit of contrast, we say add a crunchy component!
Tortilla chips and chili are an unbeatable duo. You can make your own crunchy tortilla chips at home, or simply get a pack of your favorite tortilla chips brand to dip into your chili from scratch!
Sour cream is the perfect topping for your chili, as it will brighten up the dish and add a refreshing component to this complex, flavor-packed meal.
You can serve it next to the chili or on top and let it melt into the dish to create a fusion of flavors and aromas.
Cheddar cheese will emphasize the complexity and depth of your chili while also adding more texture to the dish.
In case you’d like a milky, sweet, subtle touch of cheese, go with white cheddar. Yellow cheddar, on the other hand, is far more intense, toasty, and nutty.
How to Reheat Texas Roadhouse Chili
Reheating your homemade Texas Roadhouse chili isn’t too difficult of a task.
An important factor to keep in mind, however, is that you may want to add more liquid to your chili to achieve the initial consistency.
It is up to you to choose between adding more water, stock, or tomato sauce to get the ideal chili texture.
How to Reheat Texas Roadhouse Chili On the stovetop
Transfer the leftover chili to the saucepan and check if the texture is satisfactory. If the chili has become too thick, add more liquid of choice.
Warm up the chili over medium-high heat, making sure to stir constantly. In case you’ve added more liquid, let the chili get to a low boil.
How to Reheat Texas Roadhouse Chili In the microwave
Add your chili to a microwave-safe dish, and then pour in a little bit of liquid (water, stock, or tomato sauce) to loosen it up.
Place a damp paper towel on top of the dish, which will prevent the chili from drying out. Microwave on high for a minute, remove the paper towel and mix the chili.
Use 30-second intervals to get the desired temperature.
How to Store Texas Roadhouse Chili
In case you’ve made too much chili or you’ve prepared a bigger batch on purpose so you could enjoy homemade chili whenever you want, here are the best methods to safely store your Texas Roadhouse chili.
Store in the fridge
Allow the chili to cool down at room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. The chili should not remain in the fridge for more than three days.
Store in the freezer
Once again, it is crucial to let the chili cool down completely. Add it to a freezer-safe airtight container, or a heavy-duty, durable freezer bag, and store it in the freezer for up to three months.
Texas Roadhouse Chili Recipe
- 1 saucepan
- 1 Cutting board
- 1 Knife
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups bone broth or any broth of your choice
- 1 15 oz can kidney beans rinsed and drained
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp cumin
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
- 1 1/2 tsp tomato paste
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- Add olive oil to a large saucepan, and heat it up over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, it is time to add in the diced onion and garlic.
- Sauté the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes, or until you notice that the onion is soft and the garlic is fragrant.
- You may need to adjust the temperature if you notice that the garlic is browning.
- Add in the ground beef and give the mixture a good stir, making sure to break up the meat using a wooden spoon.
- Cook the meat for about 10 minutes, or until it has developed a nice golden-brown color and released its natural juices.
- Season the beef, garlic, and onion mixture with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, brown sugar, and red chili flakes.
- Stir all the ingredients together, making sure that the seasonings blend into the mixture.
- Pour in the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and broth, and keep stirring the chili until all the ingredients are combined.
- Finally, add in the kidney beans while stirring the chili to fully combine all the elements you’ve added.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the chili simmer for at least 25 minutes. Also, remember to leave the pot uncovered.
- You also want to stir the chili frequently to prevent the meat and kidney beans from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- After 25 minutes, your Texas Roadhouse chili is done and ready to serve, but as we’ve mentioned, you can always let it cook on low for a bit longer if you want the flavors to be even more intense