Barbecue Chili Recipe (2024)

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Best chili recipe! This simple homemade beef Barbecue Chili recipe is flavored with barbecue sauce for an easy chili that’s sure to please.

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Barbecue Chili recipe is one of my favorite cold-weather dinners. I’m not much of a cold-weather person though.

When it dropped to 70 degrees here the other day, I figured that it was close enough to winter. So, I made this chili and some corn bread for supper.

How to make chili (the easy way)

This chili recipe couldn’t be much easier – you brown the ground beef, throw everything in a pot, and then just let it simmer.

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What kind of barbecue sauce should I use

So much of the flavor of this chili depends on the barbecue sauce that you use. I usually use one with brown sugar because we like it to be a little sweet and spicy.

Just choose a barbecue sauce you like, and it’ll be great!

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Can I freeze this chili

You can. I suggest waiting to add the beans until you reheat the chili to avoid any mushiness.

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4.96 from 22 votes

Barbecue Chili Recipe

Author Kate @ I Heart Eating

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 1 hour hour 15 minutes minutes

Total Time 1 hour hour 30 minutes minutes

Chili flavored with barbecue sauce for a quick and tasty dinner.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow or white onion finely chopped
  • 2-15 ounce cans kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 3-14 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 16-18 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder feel free to add more if you like things on the spicier side
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground meat. Drain.

  • Return the cooked meat to the pot.

  • Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.

  • Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring as needed, for about 1-2 hours.



*Nutrition values are estimates.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 867mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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Originally published 10/2/13. Updated with new tips 8/6/18.

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Kate got her first cookbook when she was five years old, and she hasn't stopped cooking since then! Her delicious recipes have been featured on Food Network, MSN, Better Homes & Gardens, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and more. When she's not cooking or baking, she can be found on her mini farm with her husband and her five kids.

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    Comments & Reviews

  1. Cindy Welty says

    Barbecue Chili Recipe (6)
    The best chili ever, only one I make now!!!


    • Kate says

      Thank you so much!


  2. A tomlinson says

    Barbecue Chili Recipe (7)
    I’ve always been searching for a good chili recipe that could be my go to that wasn’t a traditional flavor and wow you knocked this out of the ballpark.


    • Kate says

      Thank you!


  3. Chania Tripp says

    I wish there was a low sodium version of this 867 sodium for this meal is a bit concerning.


    • Kate says

      The nutrition values are estimates. The program doesn’t take things like rinsing the beans into account in calculating the values.


  4. Buay says

    Barbecue Chili Recipe (8)
    I’ve made this recipe like three times and it’s amazing. I’m trying it again right now but using a small batch on the side w/o BBQ sauce so I’ll report back!


    • Kate says



  5. Rosalie says

    Barbecue Chili Recipe (9)
    The recipe is easy to follow. It taste heavenly. I chose my own BBQ sauce and molasses. My husband and son couldn’t get enough of it.
    I do recommend this recipe


    • Kate says

      Thank you so much! This is family favorite, and it’s great to hear that other people are enjoying it, too! =)


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