Make Over the Top Smoked Chili for a unique way to cook a delicious chili recipe. This chili taste amazing and is made with simple ingredients.

Over the top smoked chili in a white bowl
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This Smoked Chili is loaded with delicious smoky flavor and made with easy ingredients. It is loaded with meat, beans, and simple seasoning. Add your favorite toppings for a delicious smoke flavor chili.

Add your favorite chili sides and serve for a delicious weekend meal. You will never make chili any other way.

You may love this Smoked Brisket Chili Recipe.

What is Over the Top Smoked Chili?

Over the top smoked chili gets its unique name because the ground beef loaf cooks over the chili in the smoker.

Then the cook meat is chopped in bite size pieces and mixed with cooked chili. It is meaty, delicious and one of our favorite chili recipes.

Ingredients 

Ingredients need for smoked chili ground beef, worcestershire sauce, chili seasoning, olive oil, onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili seasoning packet, red kidney beans

Serves: 12 

For the Ground Beef Loaf: 

  • Ground Beef 
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Chili Seasoning 

For the Chili Base: 

  • Olive Oil 
  • Yellow Onion (Finely diced) 
  • Green Bell Pepper (Finely diced) 
  • Jalapeños (deseeded and finely diced) 
  • Minced Garlic 
  • Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (10 ounces each) 
  • Tomato Sauce (14 ounces) 
  • Water 
  • Chili Seasoning Packet
  • Dark Red Kidney Beans (rinsed and drained) 

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Meat – Feel free use to different types of beef. Use chili meat, ground chuck, or ground beef to over the top smoked chili recipe.
  • Beans – Feel free to change the beans to what you prefer. Use black beans, pinto beans, or chili beans to add to your chili.
  • Seasoning – You can use a chili seasoning blend if you prefer. But you can also add in seasoning separately. Add in paprika, tablespoon chili powder, cumin, and oregano.
  • Spicy – If you prefer a little extra kick in the chili add in a cayenne pepper.
  • Beef Broth – Instead of using water use beef broth for added flavor.

How to Make Over the Top Smoked Chili 

  • Step 1 – Heat Smoker – Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F with a water pan. Add your favorite wood chips. We used hickory wood.
Heating oil in a large Dutch Oven

Step 2 – Heat Oil – Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium high heat on the stovetop. 

Adding in the peppers, onions, and jalapenos to the large pot

Step 3 – Cook Veggies – Add in the onions, bell pepper and jalapeños and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender. 

Add in the minced garlic to the diced peppers

Step 4 – Add in Garlic – Add in the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute until the garlic is aromatic. 

Mixing in the chili ingredients to the large pot

Step 5 – Mix in Chili Ingredients – Stir in the remaining chili base ingredients.  Bring the mixture to a low simmer and then remove from the heat. 

Mixing the ground beef with the chili seasoning in a bowl

Step 6 – Stir in Beef – In a separate bowl, stir together the ground beef loaf ingredients. Mix with your hands and form the mixture into a loaf (like a meatloaf). 

Shaping the meat into a loaf and placing on a wire rack

Step 7 – Place Ground Beef – Place a wire rack over the dutch oven and place the ground beef loaf on top. Then move to the smoker and smoke for 2-2 ½ hours over indirect heat

Crumbling up the ground beef and placing on a baking sheet

Step 8 – Remove – Carefully remove the chili base and ground beef loaf from the smoker. Place the smoked ground beef loaf into a shallow bowl or pan. Use a meat masher to break up the beef into pieces.  

Chili in a large pot with a side of crumbled cooked ground beef on a baking sheet

Step 9 – Stir into Chili – Stir the broken up beef into the chili base. Then the chili is ready to serve with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Heat Smoker – Prepare smoker before placing the meat and chili into the smoker. Make sure use a pot that is safe to cook in the smoker.
  • Ground Beef Loaf – Combine the ground beef with seasoning and shape into a loaf. Then place in the smoker to cook.
  • Smoking – Smoke the meatloaf and chili until everything is cooked. Cooking time will vary in your big green egg or pellet grill.

Serving Suggestions

This chili recipe is a complete meal so I like to serve with sides that are simple and easy to make. These are some easy suggestions.

  • Tortilla Chips – Serve this chili with tortilla chips and Frito Chips.
  • CornbreadI love to serve chili with cornbread crumbled on top or served with butter.
  • Cheese and Crackers – I love to serve slice cheddar cheese and crackers with this chili. The combination makes the best fall soup idea.
Over the top smoked chili in a dutch oven with a serving in a ladle

Topping Ideas

This chili is great with many different toppings and these are my favorites.

  • Slice Jalapenos
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Crushed Crackers
  • Diced Green Onions
  • Slice Avocado
Over the top smoked chili in a dutch oven

How to Store Leftovers

Store the over the top chili smoker recipe leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  Place in the Refrigerator or freeze if you want your leftovers last longer.

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Over the Top Smoked Chili

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Make Over the Top Smoked Chili for a unique way to cook a delicious chili recipe. This chili taste amazing and is made with simple ingredients.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 251

Ingredients

For the Ground Beef Loaf:

For the Chili Base:

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion Finely diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper Finely diced
  • 2 Jalapeños deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles 10 ounces each
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce 14 ounces
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Chili Seasoning
  • 2 cans Kidney Beans rinsed and drained

Instructions

  • Preheat a smoker to 225 degrees F with a water pan.
  • Heat olive oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat on the stovetop.
  • Add in the onions, bell pepper and jalapeños and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender.
  • Add in the minced garlic and cook for 1 more minute until the garlic is aromatic.
  • Stir in the remaining chili base ingredients.  Bring the mixture to a low simmer and then remove from the heat.
  • In a separate bowl, stir together the ground beef loaf ingredients with your heads and form the mixture into a loaf (like a meatloaf).
  • Place a wire rack over the dutch oven and place the ground beef loaf on top.
  • Then move to the smoker and smoke for 2-2 ½ hours until the ground beef loaf reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Carefully remove the chili base and ground beef loaf from the smoker.
  • Place the ground beef loaf into a shallow bowl or pan. Use a meat masher to break up the beef into pieces.
  • Stir the broken up beef into the chili base.
  • Then the chili is ready to serve with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 251kcal, Carbohydrates 11g, Protein 15g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 54mg, Sodium 368mg, Potassium 672mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 2688IU, Vitamin C 23mg, Calcium 63mg, Iron 4mg

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