Leftover Brisket Chili

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Leftover Brisket Chili is the perfect way to use up all those tempting bits of brisket that you have left and do not want to waste. It is a hearty and flavorful dish that often includes beans, tomatoes, peppers, spices, and sometimes bacon or sausage.

The key to this chili is of course the brisket so you need the perfect recipe. This is a favorite Smoked Brisket Recipe.

Leftover Brisket chili in an enamel pot.

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What is Brisket?

Brisket is a cut of beef that comes from the breast section of the cow, below the first five ribs. It is a tough and fatty cut that requires long and slow cooking methods, such as braising, smoking, or slow roasting. Brisket is often used to make dishes like barbecue brisket, corned beef, or pot roast.

Why This Smoked Brisket Chili Recipe is a Keeper

This recipe using leftover smoked brisket makes something completely new out of ingredients that you already have on hand. Making a fabulous dinner quickly and easily.

  • Easy Ingredients: Brisket cubes and pantry staples make up this dish.
  • Family Friendly: I would say that this chili has a medium heat. Therefore everyone will love it. Brisket chili is one of the most popular meals.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with beans or without, spicy or mild.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: This freezes well and makes great leftovers.

If you’re looking for more chili inspired recipes, try these Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip,Stovetop Chili, and Ground Turkey Chili Recipe.

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Why is my beef brisket tough?

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It is due to the cut of meat. It has a lot of connective tissue. Therefore, it has to be cooked low and slow for the most tender meat.

Notes to Make Brisket Chili Ingredients

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Spices are so important to the production of chili. Make sure you use your favorite blends that include cumin and chili powder. This Seasoning is wonderful for the chili. It has a wonderful smoky flavor.

  • Bacon: Try a nice hickory smoked bacon to enhance the chili. Cook and dice. 
  • Beef Brisket: Use leftover smoked brisket into small 1 inch pieces for this brisket chili.
  •  Beer: A nice beer you like to drink such as Yuengling lager.

See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.

Variations and Substitutions for Leftover Brisket Chili

  • Peppers: You can add your favorite peppers to make the perfect flavor for your thick chili.
  • Cooking variation for chili with brisket: Of course you can make the brisket in a smoker and the chili is great to make in a slow cooker. Cooking in a slow cooker will ensure that the chili doesn’t burn on the bottom.

How to Make Beef Brisket Chili Recipe

This recipe for brisket chili has layers of flavor from the smoky brisket to the tender vegetables. Make the chili in a cast iron pot or your favorite soup pot.

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These are the basic steps for making this amazing brisket chili is as pretty as it is tasty. Refer to the full printable recipe card below for detailed instructions and full recipe.

STEP 1: In a Large Pot Cook Bacon and Leave the Bacon Fat in the Bottom of the Pan

First, heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add canola oil. When shimmering, add bacon you have chop up. Cook bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the pot.

STEP 2: Saute the Vegetables and add the Chopped Brisket

Then in the remaining bacon fat in the pot, add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes. Stir so that they do not stick to the bottom of the pot. Next, add garlic and chili seasoning blend and stir until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds. Then stir flour into mixture; Cook for 1 minute. Add the brisket and stir to coat the meat for 1-2 minutes. Pour in beer and beef broth, scraping the bottom and sides of the pot to release any bits. Season with salt.

STEP 3: Add the Rest of the Ingredients and Reduce the Heat

Add chipotle in adobo, diced tomatoes, brown sugar and cooked bacon; Stir until combined. Bring chili to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and cover.

STEP 4: Allow the Chili to Cook and Stir the Chili and Serve

Simmer for at least 45-50 minutes. Taste chili to see if you need add more salt. Remove lid and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered. Make sure you stir often. Serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Recipe FAQs for the Smoked Beef Chili

Texas chili traditionally does not contain beans. However, since it is your chili, add what your family likes such as kidney beans, pinto beans, or use black beans or other chili beans to the pot of chili.

Beef brisket is divided into two sections: the brisket point and the flat. The point is the thicker, fattier, and more flavorful part, while the flat is the leaner, more uniform, and easier to slice part. A whole brisket, also called a packer cut, includes both sections and a layer of fat on top

Really there are so many things to serve with brisket chili but try to serve with sour cream, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, fresh herbs, such as parsley or cilantro to top this hearty brisket chili.

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Expert Tips for Making This Chili with Brisket Recipe

This is such a great way to use up that leftover brisket. The smoky brisket adds such flavor to this Texas chili. This is chili cookoff material.

  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes: This will add even more complexity and flavor to the homemade chili.
  • Sides: Serve with your favorite biscuit or cornbread.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add different vegetables to the chili.
  • Slow Cooker: Make the chili with brisket in the slow cooker for a low and slow taste.
Leftover Brisket chili in an enamel pot.
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Leftover Brisket Chili

Yield: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Leftover Brisket Chili is the perfect way to use up all those tempting bits of brisket that you have left and do not want to waste. It is a hearty and flavorful dish that often includes beans, tomatoes, peppers, spices, and sometimes bacon or sausage.
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Ingredients

  • 4 slices Bacon, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Green bell pepper, seed and chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoon Chili Seasoning Blend
  • 2 tablespoons Flour
  • 3 cups Brisket, leftover smoked cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 Chipotle in adobo sauce, diced
  • 29 ounces Tomatoes, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Brown sugar
  • 12 ounces Beer
  • 2 ½ cups Beef broth
  • 3 teaspoons Kosher salt

Instructions

  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add canola oil. When shimmering, add chopped bacon.
  • Cook bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat from the pot.
  • In the remaining bacon fat, add onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.
  • Add garlic and chili seasoning blend and stir until fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
  • Stir flour into mixture; Cook for 1 minute. Add the brisket and stir to coat the meat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chipotle in adobo, crushed tomatoes, brown sugar and cooked bacon; Stir until combined.
  • Pour in beer and beef broth, scraping the bottom and sides of the pot to release any bits. Season with salt.
  • Bring chili to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and cover.
  • Simmer for 45-50 minutes. Taste chili to see if you need add more salt.
  • Remove lid and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered.
  • Serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Expert Tips

  • Fire Roasted Tomatoes: This will add even more complexity andd flavor to the homemade chili.
  • Sides: Serve with your favorite biscuit or cornbread.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Variation tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Alternate ingredient/Substitution/Addition: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Dietary consideration tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1305mg | Potassium: 734mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2228IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 3mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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