Mouthwatering Touchdown Chili Recipe for Game Day

Are you ready for the ultimate chili experience? Look no further than my touchdown chili recipe. This recipe is perfect for game day, potlucks, or just a cozy night in. Trust me when I say that this is not your ordinary bowl of chili.

My touchdown chili recipe combines classic ingredients like diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and lean ground beef with the bold flavors of McCormick chili seasoning mix. The result is a mouthwatering explosion of flavor that will have you cheering for more.

But don’t just take my word for it. This recipe has been tried and tested by chili lovers across the globe and has consistently received rave reviews. It’s even been said to rival the famous Texas chili made famous by Rachael Ray.

So get ready to impress your guests or treat yourself to something truly special. Let’s dive into the ingredient list and get started on making the best chili you’ve ever tasted.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Touchdown Chili
Touchdown Chili

Listen here, folks, and listen good. I’m about to tell you why this touchdown chili recipe is the one and only chili recipe you’ll ever need in your life. Trust me when I say that once you try this recipe, you’ll never want to go back to any other chili recipe.

First and foremost, let’s talk about flavor. This chili has the perfect balance of spices and seasonings. Using McCormick chili seasoning mix, this chili is not too spicy, but it sure does pack a punch of flavor. The combination of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, onions, and kidney beans makes for a hearty and delicious base. And let’s not forget the star ingredient: lean ground beef. Browned to perfection and mixed in with the spicy seasoning, the beef adds a meaty depth to this already flavorful dish.

But here’s where it gets even better: this recipe is incredibly versatile. Don’t like kidney beans? No problem, swap them out for black beans or pinto beans! Want to make it even spicier? Throw in some chopped jalapeños or bell peppers! And if you’re feeling adventurous, add some brown sugar, strong coffee or dark chocolate – trust me on this one.

But what truly sets this touchdown chili recipe apart from all other chili recipes is that it appeals to everybody – whether you are a die-hard Texans’ style beef chili enthusiast or more of a bean chili person, this recipe will satisfy all your cravings.

Furthermore, preparing this dish is simpler than pie; browning meat demands minimal skill level required so that even reluctant beginners can make it in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is softened then drain excess fat from the beef before adding McCormick Chili Seasoning Mix Original 1 oz., tomato sauce (15 oz.), red kidney beans drained 16 oz., and water. Bring mixture to boil while reducing heat then simmer partially covered for 20 minutes.

Lastly, let’s not forget how practical this recipe is; just prepare a big batch ahead of time (it stores in the fridge for up to 4 days), grab some tortilla chips and cheese while binge-watching your favorite game or series on television – be prepared for some scrumptious moments!

In conclusion, there’s no denying it – this touchdown chili recipe has got everything you could ever want in a chili. It’s easy to make, easy to customize, and above all else – packed with unforgettable flavors.

Ingredient List

 Get ready for a touchdown of flavor with this spicy and hearty chili.
Get ready for a touchdown of flavor with this spicy and hearty chili.

Let’s Gather Our Ingredients

Before we start, let’s check for the things we need to make a perfect Touchdown Chili Recipe. Make sure your grocery list has the following:

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 package McCormick chili seasoning mix, original or spicy
  • 1 cup of chopped onion (one medium-sized onion)
  • (Optional) Red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • (Optional) Jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped

This recipe is easy to scale up or down depending on the servings you need. Just adjust the amounts accordingly. Get your ingredients ready and let’s move on to the next section to find out why this recipe is worth trying out.

The Recipe How-To

 Perfect for game day, this chili will have you cheering for more.
Perfect for game day, this chili will have you cheering for more.

Now, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty and make our famous Touchdown Chili! This is a recipe that is perfect for game day, potlucks, or any night when you crave something warm, hearty, and spicy. Here are the steps you need to follow:


  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 package McCormick chili seasoning mix (original)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained


Touchdown Chili Recipe How-To

  1. Start by heating a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lean ground beef and cook until browned, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. Drain the fat from the skillet.

  2. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the skillet, and cook until softened. Transfer this mixture to a slow cooker.

  3. Add all remaining ingredients except beans and chili seasoning blend; mix well.

  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours.

  5. Stir in beans and seasoning blend.

  6. Cook 10 minutes longer on high or until heated through.

  7. And voilà! Your Touchdown Chili is ready to be savored!

This recipe couldn’t be easier – simply add all the ingredients (except beans and chili seasoning blend) to your slow cooker, let it simmer for several hours, stir in the beans and seasoning mix, and let it cook for another ten minutes. The McCormick Chili Seasoning Mix is what gives this recipe its signature kick – trust me, you won’t regret it! Serve hot with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream or even sliced green onions for an extra dash of flavor.

Be prepared for your guests’ praise and inquiries about your “secret recipe” after they try this spicy # touchdown chili!

Substitutions and Variations

 This isn't your average chili; it's packed with bold and robust flavors.
This isn’t your average chili; it’s packed with bold and robust flavors.

Now, let’s explore the different ways you can make this Touchdown Chili Recipe your own.

First of all, if ground beef isn’t your thing or you’re looking for a healthier version, ground turkey is an excellent substitute. Lean ground turkey has less fat and fewer calories than beef but still offers plenty of protein. You can also try making this chili with pork sausage, which will add a delightful smoky flavor.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to experiment with different beans, consider using black beans or pinto beans instead of kidney beans. They’ll provide a slightly different texture and taste that still works well with this recipe.

If you like a spicier chili, you can add more spice to this recipe by adjusting the amount of chili seasoning mix and adding some diced jalapeno peppers or cayenne pepper. If you prefer a milder chili, reduce the amount of seasoning mix and omit the hot peppers altogether.

For those who like to take their chili to the next level, try adding some special ingredients like dark chocolate or strong coffee to deepen the flavor profile. Another great addition is bell pepper, which will provide a sweet crunch that complements the spicy kick.

Finally, if you’re tired of traditional tomato-based chilis, why not switch things up with some Texas-style chili? This type of chili uses brown meat and spices without tomatoes or beans. It’s perfect for people that are looking for an all-meat experience.

With these substitution and variation options in your arsenal, your Touchdown Chili recipe will be full of surprises every time you make it.

Serving and Pairing

 The ultimate comfort food, this chili is sure to score big with your taste buds.
The ultimate comfort food, this chili is sure to score big with your taste buds.

Now that your flavorful Touchdown Chili is ready, it’s time to enjoy the deliciousness! This chili is perfect to serve on game day or anytime you’re craving a hearty and comforting meal. Here are some serving and pairing suggestions to make the most of your dish.

To serve, ladle the chili into deep bowls and top it with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt, chopped fresh cilantro, and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese. If you want to add some crunch, you can also garnish with crushed tortilla chips or chopped scallions.

As for pairings, this chili is very versatile and goes well with many different sides. Traditional options include cornbread, crusty bread or garlic bread, and green salad. You can also serve it with rice, quinoa or other grains to make it more filling. For a Tex-Mex twist, try pairing the chili with nachos, tacos or quesadillas. And if you’re looking for something truly indulgent to go with your spicy chili, why not add some fries or potato chips?

For drinks, cold beer is always a popular choice when serving chili. You can also opt for red wine, such as Zinfandel or Syrah. If you prefer non-alcoholic beverages, try serving iced tea or lemonade.

Remember that serving your dish with the right sides and drinks can enhance the flavors of the chili and create a truly memorable dining experience. Bon appétit!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Load up your bowl with toppings and enjoy the winning combination of flavors in each bite.
Load up your bowl with toppings and enjoy the winning combination of flavors in each bite.

As someone who’s constantly on the move, I know the value of having quick and easy meals at hand. Lucky for us, the Touchdown Chili Recipe is one dish that you can readily prepare in advance.

Simply store the chili in an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 4 days or freeze it for longer storage. The flavors only get better with time, so don’t be afraid to make a big batch and save some for later.

When reheating, you can do so either on the stove or in the microwave. If you have more time, I recommend using a saucepan over medium heat to slowly bring back the chili to its piping hot best. If you’re in a hurry, you may use a microwave-safe bowl or container and heat it for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly heated.

If you find that your chili is too thick after stored, add a little bit of water or beef broth to bring it back to life. Don’t forget to stir frequently as you reheat and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Remember, Touchdown Chili Recipe tastes so good, even better as leftovers!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Spice up your pre-game meal with this satisfying chili that's packed with protein.
Spice up your pre-game meal with this satisfying chili that’s packed with protein.

If you want to create the perfect Touchdown Chili, follow these tips and tricks.

Firstly, adding a tablespoon of brown sugar will balance out the acidity from the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. It may sound counter-intuitive, but trust me, it works like a charm.

Next, for a Texas-style chili, instead of using lean ground beef alone, you can mix it with pork sausage. The pork fat will add more flavor and moisture to your chili.

Another tip is to use strong coffee as a secret ingredient. It adds depth to the flavor that regular broth or water can’t give. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some dark chocolate too! The bitterness of the chocolate complements the spiciness of the chili seasoning mix.

For those who prefer their chili on the milder side, bell peppers are your friend. Add them in for a sweet balance to the spicy touchdown chili recipe.

If you’re cooking for a larger crowd or just want leftovers, double or triple the recipe and freeze what you don’t eat. It’s always better to have extra than not enough!

Finally, when making this recipe on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, remember to let it simmer on low heat for at least an hour before tasting. This allows all the flavors to meld together perfectly.

By following these tips and tricks, I guarantee your Touchdown Chili will score big with your guests!


Now that you have read through the ingredient list and recipe how-to, you might have some questions in mind. Below are the frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers that can help you make the most out of your touchdown chili recipe.

What to add to chili to give it a kick?

Enhancing the taste of meat in chili can be achieved with certain ingredients that offer a kick of flavor. These ingredients include cinnamon, strong coffee, and dark chocolate. Depending on personal preference, one can use either 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or a whole cinnamon stick, a shot of espresso or a small cup of strong coffee, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, or a few squares of good-quality dark chocolate. All of these ingredients add depth and richness to the chili, making it a perfect comfort food.

What is the secret to award winning chili?

To really bring out the full flavor of your spices, it’s important to bloom them. Don’t wait until the end of the cooking process to add salt and chili spices. Instead, add them at the same time you’re browning the meat or softening the onions. This process will allow the spices to release their essential oils and create a complex and rich flavor in your dish.

Why do you put brown sugar in chili?

To add depth and dimension to your chili, there’s one ingredient that shouldn’t be overlooked: brown sugar. It not only brings a subtle sweetness to the dish, but also compliments the heat of the spices used. This Sweet and Spicy Chili lives up to its name, providing both a bit of sweetness and sass to your palate.

What is the difference between Texas chili and regular chili?

When it comes to chili, Texas has its own distinct style that sets it apart from other versions of the dish. Unlike other chilis, Texas chili doesn’t have any beans, tomato sauce, or any tomato-based products in it. Instead, this Lone Star State delicacy is focused on using meat and a rich, seasoned paste made from dried chili peppers as the base for its unique flavor profile. So, if you’re looking to make a true Texas chili, it’s important to keep these key differences in mind.

Bottom Line

: In conclusion, the Touchdown Chili Recipe is the perfect dish for any occasion. Whether you are a fan of spicy chili or a milder version, this recipe can be tailored to suit your preferences. With its hearty combination of beef, beans and tomato sauce, it is guaranteed to satisfy your hunger and leave you feeling satisfied.

Adding some creative variations to the recipe such as brown sugar, strong coffee or even dark chocolate can take the taste to a whole new level, making it a hit at large gatherings and family dinners alike. Not to forget, the Touchdown Chili Recipe can be easily stored, reheated and served multiple times thanks to its make-ahead and storing instructions.

In my opinion, this adaptable recipe can compete against some of the best chili recipes out there including Texas chili recipe or even Rachael Ray’s beanless chili because of its flavorful combination of spices such as McCormick chili powder seasoning mix, bell pepper and garlic. Trust me; once you try this recipe, it will surely become your go-to chili recipe in no time!

So why not try our Touchdown Chili Recipe today? Don’t limit yourself to the conventional taste – let us know about how you tailor this masterpiece in your own unique style. Whether for game day or just cool weather comfort food, you won’t be disappointed with our touchdown chili!

Touchdown Chili

Touchdown Chili Recipe

I got this from the McCormick newsletter. I was going to make it for our church's chili feed in February, but I forgot to get the meat. Oh well. 🙂
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Prep Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 174.3 kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 package mccormick chili seasoning mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce


  • Cook and stir ground beef and onion in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 minutes. Drain fat.
  • Stir in Seasoning Mix and remaining ingredients.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped onion, if desired.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 167gCalories: 174.3kcalCarbohydrates: 15.1gProtein: 15.1gFat: 6.2gSaturated Fat: 2.4gCholesterol: 36.9mgSodium: 456.6mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 5g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Easy, Meat
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