Bring the taste of Texas Roadhouse Chili into your very own kitchen with this copycat recipe. Fix yourself a warm bowl of comfort and curl up for the evening.
This spicy and smokey goodness can be enjoyed by the whole family in less than an hour.
How to Make Texas Roadhouse Chili
This version of the Roadhouse Chili is incredibly simple to make. Just follow these easy steps and in less than an hour, you’ll be devouring bowlfuls of this delicious comfort food.
4 pounds beef chuck
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons diced garlic
1 cup yellow or white onion (diced)
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 ground cumin seeds
1 tablespoon smoked paprika (Spanish paprika)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 cups crushed tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/4 cup jalapenos (sliced and seeded)
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons masa harina (or corn tortilla flour)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup red onions (diced)
1. Cut beef chuck into 1/2 inch cubes.
2. Pour 3 tablespoons of oil into a dutch oven or large pot. Turn the eye on high and allow the oil to heat.
3. Place onion and garlic into the pot and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-high, then add the beef cubes. Brown the meat, while stirring constantly.
4. Once the meat has browned slightly (with no red showing), lower the temperature to medium.
5. Add Italian seasonings, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, brown sugar, vinegar, tomatoes, beans, black pepper, salt, diced jalapenos, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.
6. Simmer for about 10 minutes, then add corn tortilla flour (or masa harina) to help thicken the chili.
7. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until chili thickens.
8. Serve and top with sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, and avocado slices.
How long can you freeze Chili?
The shelf-life of chili is 3-4 days in the refrigerator and 4 to 6 months in the freezer. Pretty impressive, huh?
To make sure your chili lasts this long, you need to refrigerate/freeze it 2 hours after cooking, and place it in an airtight container. Make sure not to leave your chili out for longer than 2 hours because bacteria tends to grow quickly at room temperature.
What to Serve With Texas Roadhouse Chili
To say that chili is a versatile dish is an understatement. In fact, it’s so good it goes well with almost anything! Among all the side dishes that can be paired with chili, these are my top picks:
Green Salad. You can’t really go wrong with this combination. It’s nutritious and delicious. To stay with our Texas theme, I recommend a Southwest Salad with grilled chicken, corn, avocado, cherry tomatoes, black beans, and romaine lettuce all tossed together in a lime vinaigrette.
Cornbread. No chili is complete without a side of cornbread. This sweet and fluffy combo is comfort food at its best. Dip that cornbread in the spicy chili for an even more delectable treat.
Coleslaw. It’s crunchy, fresh, and zesty, and it’s easy to whip up. Most importantly, it tastes phenomenal with chili!
Chili is a hearty dish, and the crisp, refreshing slaw creates a perfect balance. Plus, you can use a bag of pre-shredded veggies to make things even easier.
Chips & Salsa. Of course, no chili dinner is complete without chips and salsa. This classic combo is salty, sweet, and pairs perfectly with a warm bowl of chili. Plus, the tortilla chips can be dipped in the chili as well. Double-win.
You can also dip your chips in guacamole, melted cheese, or Chipotle Ranch. The fun just never ends.
Margarita. Wash it down with a margarita and you’ve got the full restaurant experience in the comfort of your home.
Tips and Tricks For Making the Best Chili
When it comes to chili, let your taste buds lead the way. Everyone likes something different in a bowl of chili.
Some people like a thick, hearty chili with lots of meat while others prefer a variety of beans. Some people even add corn to their chili.
The great thing about chili is there are an endless variety of options for every taste bud. But while I know chili preferences are 100% subjective, I do hope that you give some of these suggestions a try. I promise they won’t disappoint!
If you want to enhance the flavors of your chili, adding a bit of tangy flavor can go a long ways. So to make your chili a lot tastier, simply add a teaspoon of vinegar to it.
Whether it’s sherry, balsamic, cider, or cane, it’s going to complement the dish well. Feel free to use whatever kind of vinegar you have in the pantry!
Another proven way of enhancing chili is by adding more texture to it. By simply adding meat to your chili, you’re turning it into an even more flavorful dish.
Ground meat is always an ideal addition to your chili, but try seared beef cubes as well. Seared beef is so savory and tender, it will elevate your chili to a higher level.
If you’re a vegetarian, you could add roasted vegetables instead of meat. My favorites are squash, sweet potato, and other beans such as lentils and kidney – all of these taste amazing with chili.
Lastly, you can’t make it without chili seasoning. While it’s a lot more convenient to use pre-mixed seasonings available in every supermarket, it’s always better to make your own.
Why not customize exactly what and how much of the spices you want in your chili? It’s also surprisingly simple to make. Just combine ground chilies and whatever spices you want – oregano, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, cayenne, etc.
History of Texas Roadhouse
The Texas Roadhouse has been serving us good steaks and ribs since it opened its doors to the public on February 17, 1993, in Clarksville, Indiana. The restaurant, owned by Kent Taylor and family, is much more than that, though.
Over the years, the family has managed to turn Texas Roadhouse into a fun and homey place where people of all ages and walks of life can gather and enjoy a meal.
Their specialties are their extremely tender and tasty ribs and steaks, but they also serve various sides, freshly baked bread, and cold beer. They’re also known for serving huge portions. But, what makes them a cut above the rest is how they make almost everything in their menu from scratch.
Another fun fact about their restaurants, which have now expanded to 300 branches in 46 states in the US, is their lively line dancers and nostalgia-inducing jukebox. Going to Texas Roadhouse is a one-of-a-kind experience.
While I can’t be entirely sure that this is exactly how Texas Roadhouse does it, I’d say this recipe for their chili is a pretty close replica. With this recipe, you can now enjoy the Texas Roadhouse Chili in the comfort of your own home.
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