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Game Day Homemade Chili Recipe

My husband and I created this Chili recipe a couple of years ago when we were having a chili cravings. This chili is so versatile, easy and yummy. Your family will love it.

Game Day Chili Recipe

Over the years we have tweaked and adapted it. It is now our absolute favorite homemade chili recipe. Try it with Mexican cornbread for a delicious easy meal.

It’s handy to keep this chili recipe on hand. It is easy and is made mostly from pantry items.

Chili With Sour Cream And Cheddar Cheese On Top. Served With Tortilla Chips

Quickly whip up a batch of chili when friends show up for a game day, poker night or an impromptu visit.

Nothing like a pot of chili simmering on the stove.

Your house will smell delicious. Chili is so cozy and inviting.

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Want to use dried beans? Our Six Gun Chili Recipe is made from dried beans in the instant pot. 

If you have a house full of hungry football fans then whip up this batch of chili. 

Throw it in your pot. Simmer and serve. If you love hearty and filling chili then this is your new go to chili.


Game Day Chili Recipe:

It melts into a delicious bowl of warm comforting chili. We also like to serve this with some texas toast and of course a couple of game day beers.

The Best Crockpot Chili-Pin Image
Our crockpot chili is so perfect for a large crowd we refer to it as our “game day chili”. It couldn’t be easier to make. It even includes a homemade chili spice mix.


Ingredients For Homemade Chil

This recipe also works fine with substitutions. The spices are most often sitting in your cupboard.


You can easily change out the pantry goods if you are out of something. Here are some ideas:

  • Canned pinto beans (or any canned bean) can be used in place of the kidney beans.
  • omit the canned corn or green beans if you are out.
  • To really heat up the chili choose a hotter pepper like jalapeños instead of bell peppers.
  • If you don’t have the ingredients for the chili seasoning recipe use chili powder or smoked paprika or your favorite chili spice blend.
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Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix:

We love this spice blend of seasonings for delicious chili flavor. Just whisk these ingredients together and use all at once.

  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • OPTIONAL: For a HOT chili add 2 Tbsp. dried red pepper flakes or ground Cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour (a thickening agent)

The flour is how we thicken chili for this recipe. If you are gluten free omit the flour in the mix. You can replace it with cornstarch or arrowroot.

Your Printable Recipe Card and Chili Nutrition information:

Below is our printable recipe card. If you do choose to print out the recipe the pictures will not print. This is to save you paper and ink.

Please also watch our recipe demonstration video for a complete walkthrough of making this homemade chili on the stovetop.

The recipe card also includes instructions for crockpot and the instant pot.

Game Day Chili
Yield: 10

Game Day Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This is a high fiber, dairy free Chili. It's our absolute favorite EASY homemade chili recipe. It makes a lot. This delicious chili is very satisfying and filling. The recipe includes a homemade chili seasoning mix. Your family and friends will love it.


For the Chili:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz. can red kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz. can chili beans
  • 1 15 oz. can three bean blend
  • 1 15 oz. can green beans
  • 1 15 oz. can corn
  • 2 bell peppers- chopped
  • 2 Tbsp of minced garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp.Black pepper
  • 12 oz. can of beer (optional)

Homemade Chili seasoning Mix:

  • 1 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • (OPTIONAL)1 Tbsp ground cayenne red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour*



  1. Whisk together all Homemade Chili seasonings.
  2. Chop onion, garlic, and bell pepper.
  3. Drain water from cans of green beans and corn before adding to pot.
  4. Make the Chili:

  1. Set a large pot on the stove on medium heat and add the oil.
  2. Add the beef and the salt and pepper.
  3. Brown ground beef and break into small pieces.
  4. Remove the meat and set aside.
  5. Add the chopped fresh vegetables into the pot and sautè until tender.
  6. sprinkle in the minced garlic.Add Minced Garlic
  7. Pour in all the tomato sauce. Stir.
  8. Add the meat back into the pot.
  9. Pour in all the remaining canned goods. (add the beer now if using)
  10. Stir it together.Game Day Chili On The Stove
  11. Add the homemade chili seasoning mix and brown sugar into pot, and stir.
  12. Bring chili to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 1 hour. Covered Pot Of Chili Simmering On The Stove
  13. Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and sour cream. Garnished Chili

CrockPot Instructions:

  1. Whisk together all Homemade chili seasonings. Set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef in a frying pan, chopping finely. Meanwhile, chop onion, garlic cloves, and bell pepper. Set aside.
  3. In your 5 qt. crock pot put the cooked hamburger and veggies as described above.
  4. Add all the canned goods and seasonings and stir until well mixed.
  5. Set your crock pot to high for four hours or low for 6.
  6. Serve.

Instant Pot Chili:

  1. Set the instant pot to sautè and heat the oil.
  2. Brown the beef and break it into small pieces. Remove from pot.
  3. Add the chopped fresh vegetables to the instant pot and sautè until tender.
  4. Pour the cooked meat back into the pot.
  5. Pour in the tomato sauce, garlic and prepared canned goods.
  6. Add the beer if using
  7. Add the homemade Chili Seasoning mix and brown sugar.
  8. Lock the lid.
  9. Set the pot to stew function.
  10. Quick release when done.
  11. Garnish and serve.


A wonderful recipe for large crowds or cold gloomy days. A bowl of warm comforting chili. Easily made from mostly pantry items.

* The flour is how we thicken chili for this recipe. If you are gluten free omit the flour in the mix. You can replace it with cornstarch or arrowroot.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 508Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 61mgSodium 1270mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 14gSugar 15gProtein 34g

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Our loaded game day chili is packed with flavor and protein. Beans, ground beef, and peppers create this versatile, easy chili.

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