If you love a meaty chili recipe, make this Smoked Brisket Chili. This chili is loaded with flavors and simple ingredients.

Brisket Chili in a large pot with a serving on a ladle
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This is the Best Smoked Brisket Chili Recipe that you will make. I have been making chili for over 20 years, and making it in the smoker has now become my family’s favorite.

If you have recently starting making smoker recipes, then you need to try this chili recipe. It is the perfect recipe for game day gatherings and more.

Try these other smoker recipe to make your parties complete. Smoked Queso Recipe, Smoked Shotgun Shells, and Smoked jalapeno poppers. Try these other brisket recipes – Smoked Brisket, Crock Pot Beef Brisket and Slow Cooker Brisket Chili.

Why We Love this Smoked Chili:

This smoked Texas chili recipe can be used with leftover brisket or other types of meats. You will love that the ingredient list is simple and you probably already have the majority of them.

We love the way this smoky flavor chili taste with the thick texture and chunky meats. Serve with a side of tortilla chips and topped with cheese for a delicious chili to feed a crowd.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed for Brisket Chili - Brisket, bacon, beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, chipotle peppers, beef broth, oregano, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, worcestershire sauce, minced garlic
  • Beef Brisket, cut in 2 inch pieces 
  • Bacon, chopped
  • Kidney Beans, 15 oz., drained
  • Black Beans, 15 oz., drained
  • Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, 15 oz.
  • Tomato Paste, 6 oz.
  • White Onion (chopped) 
  • Red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • Jalapeño, seeded and diced 
  • Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (diced) 
  • Beef Broth 
  • Dried Oregano 
  • Cumin
  • Kosher Salt 
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Minced Garlic

To see the full recipe, ingredients and scroll to the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Change the Meat – You can easily make this chili with other cuts of beef. Brisket is our favorite but ground beef works great too.
  • Change the Beans – Substitute the beans with pinto beans or you can easily omit the beans.
  • Spices – This recipes spices can change to what you prefer. Feel free to use a chili seasoning packet from the store.
  • Brown Sugar – For a hint of sweetness, feel free to add in a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Step by Step Instructions:  

Cooking the chopped bacon in the large pot

Step 1 – Brown the bacon in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat until crispy.  Remove the bacon to a separate plate lined with a paper towel. 

Cooking the veggies in the large pot

Step 2 – Add in the onions and red bell pepper.  Sauté for a few minutes until tender. 

Adding the cubed brisket to the large pot with the veggies

Step 3 – Add the diced brisket to the pan.  Season it with salt and pepper.  Brown the beef on all sides.

Adding all the ingredients to the large pot

Step 4 – Add the meat and bacon back to the pot.  Stir in all the remaining ingredients.  Then smoke the chili and serve.

 

Smoked Chili Recipe Tips:

  • Cook Bacon – We love to cook the chopped bacon in the Large pot that we are cooking the remaining ingredients. The level of flavor that the bacon grease gives the veggies is so delicious.
  • Dutch Oven – Make sure the pot that you are using to cook the chili in is safe to put in your smoker. We love using a Dutch Oven for this purpose.
Smoked Brisket Chili in a large pot with a serving on a ladle

What to Serve with Brisket Chili:

This brisket chili is great served in a bowl with your favorite side dishes. We also serve with Fritos, crackers and cheese and tortilla chips. We have even served with a slice of French Bread to get the very last drop.

I even like making a Frito Chili Cheese Wrap by layering the chili, Fritos and cheese in a flour tortilla.

Can I Make on the Stovetop?

If you do not have a smoker, you can easily make this recipe on the stovetop. Cook the bacon in olive oil and then add in the other chili ingredients to cook tender.

Allow the chili to simmer over medium high heat for about 30 minutes.

A bowl of smoked brisket chili topped with slice jalapenos and shredded cheese

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

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

What to Top Brisket Chili?

Brisket Chili can be served just as it is or with your favorite toppings. We like to make a chili topping bar when we are feeding this chili to a crowd. Cheddar cheese, sour cream, slice avocado, and fresh cilantro are always family favorites.

How Long to Cook Chili in the Smoker:

After preparing the chili ingredients, cover and place in the smoker. Cook the pot of chili covered for about 60 minutes. Then take the lid off and continue smoking for about 3 hours. The layer of flavor after allowing it to smoke this 3 hours makes it taste amazing.

More Easy Smoker Recipes:

We love using our smoker to smoke meats, veggies, and cheese. Make sure to check out these other delicious recipes Smoked London Broil, Smoked Cornish Hens, Smoked Turkey Breast Tenderloin, Smoked Deviled Eggs, and Smoked Cream Cheese.

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Smoked Brisket Chili

5 from 2 votes
Try this smoked brisket chili recipe. This will be your new chili recipe!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 404

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Pounds Beef Brisket cut in 2 inch pieces
  • 6 Strips Bacon chopped
  • 1 can Kidney Beans 15 oz., drained
  • 1 can Black Beans 15 oz., drained
  • 2 cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes 15 oz.
  • 1 can Tomato Paste 6 oz.
  • 1/2 white Onion chopped
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño seeded and diced
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce diced
  • 2-3 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Brown the bacon in a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat until crispy. 
  • Remove the bacon to a separate plate lined with a paper towel.
  • Add in the onions and red bell pepper.  Sauté for a few minutes until tender.
  • Add the diced brisket to the pan.  Season it with salt and pepper. 
  • Brown the beef on all sides.  You may have to work in batches depending on the size of your pan and amount of brisket.
  • Add the meat and bacon back to the pot.  Stir in all the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover the pot and place in the smoker.  Smoke for 60 minutes. 
  • Then turn the heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and keep the lid opened on the smoker.  Cook for another 3-4 hours.
  • Remove from the smoker.  Then the chili is ready to serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts

Calories 404kcal, Carbohydrates 38g, Protein 32g, Fat 14g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0.02g, Cholesterol 64mg, Sodium 1392mg, Potassium 1085mg, Fiber 12g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 1819IU, Vitamin C 28mg, Calcium 107mg, Iron 7mg

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