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Barbecue Chili Recipe

Barbecue ChiliBarbecue 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.Barbecue Chili RecipeThis chili recipe couldn’t be much easier – you brown the ground beef, throw everything in a pot, and then just let it simmer. It makes quite a bit, but it keeps well.

Barbecue Chili Recipe

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.Barbecue Chili Recipe

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

Barbecue Chili Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author i heart eating


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


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground meat. Drain.
  2. Return the cooked meat to the pot.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring as needed, for about 1-2 hours.


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  • Reply
    March 5, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Thanks for the great recipe. This was my first time ever making chili and loved it. Super easy and great go to meal.

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      March 5, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      I’m so glad! This is one of my family’s go-tos, too. =)

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    Mary M. Martinez
    March 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Great recipe! This chili looks so hearty.

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      March 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! =)

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    Amanda Z
    February 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    This chili was delicious! I used Sweet Ray’s BBQ Hickory Smoke and Brown Sugar, and it was great. It was sweet and savory, one of my favorite chills now. Thanks for a great dinner

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      February 5, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you liked it! =)

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    February 14, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I’m actually entering this is a chili cook off against my neighbors. I was told no one has ever done a barbecue chili. So this will be a first. But I love barbecue chili.

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      February 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

      That’s awesome! Good luck!! =)

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    Jacee Gifford
    November 9, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    How many servings does it make?

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      November 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      It makes about 8-10 servings. Sorry. I’ve never measured it out, so I can’t give you an exact amount, but that’s an approximate yield.

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    Joanne T Ferguson
    October 17, 2013 at 1:51 am

    G’day Kate! Your chilli looks great, true!
    I could not get my eyes off your photos today too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    Viewed as part of Food Friends Friday Chili Party

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      October 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Thanks so much!! That’s so nice of you to say! =)

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    October 15, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    This sounds perfect for the next tailgate since it’s getting cooler out!! Thanks for the recipe… Pinning!!

    Stopping by from MM Link Party #387 :)

    • Reply
      October 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Thanks for the pin!! It is! You have to have some yummy chili once it starts to get cold =).

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    October 9, 2013 at 8:17 am

    We all love chili and I love the addition of the BBQ sauce! Pinning!

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    October 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Yum, I love a nice hot bowl of chili! I love the bbq twist on this recipe.

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      October 8, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks!! We love our chili, too, and this is one that my whole family will eat. =)

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    [email protected]
    October 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for linking up at our MM party tonight! will be sharing on FB and pinning!

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      October 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Thanks so much for hosting and for the shares!! =)

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    Cindys Recipes and Writings
    October 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your cool chili recipe with us at Foodie Friends Friday!

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      October 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thanks for hosting!! =)

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks
    October 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    YUM! I love the idea of BBQ Chili. This is something we will have to try at my house. Thanks for the recipe, Kate. And thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays. Pinning and sharing on social media!

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      October 8, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks so much for hosting and for sharing!! I hope you enjoy the chili if you try it! =)

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria
    October 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I love easy chili…and just chili itself! Already pinned and shared! Thank you for sharing with us gals over at the link party!

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      October 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Thanks so much for hosting and for sharing, Gloria!! =)

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    Ruthy @ Omeletta
    October 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I’m so happy that it’s that time of year again to drag out the chili bowls :) I’ve never added brown sugar to our chili, but I may have to give that a go!

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      October 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Me too!! My grandpa added it to his chili, so I always add a little to mine now, too.

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