Speedy Texas Trail Chili

By September 27, 2012


Ingredients: 8 servings

  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled, chopped
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 2 Cups favorite Bloody Mary mix (spicy preferred)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) diced tomatoes with green chilies (or 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice)
  • 2 Cans (14 ounces each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 4 Tablespoons (or more if you like) favorite chili powder, divided
  • 1-1/2 Cups Water

For Serving (optional):

  • Corn chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sliced green onions
  • Sour cream


  • In the INSTANT POT pressure cooker pot, heat the oil.
  • Add the onion and saute about 8 minutes until it becomes lightly golden brown.
  • Add the meat and cook until it browns, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Stir in the Bloody Mary mix and heat on medium-high, stirring and scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the tomatoes, beans and 2 Tablespoons of the chili powder. Stir well. Bring to just a boil;  add the water.
  • Lock the lid in place and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release the steam.  When the pressure valve drops remove the lid tilting it away from your face.
  • Just before serving stir in Tablespoons of the chili powder then let it stand 5 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.  Serve and ENJOY!!




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7 Responses to “Speedy Texas Trail Chili”

  1. Greg says:

    I made this recipe last night with some tweaks:
    – I added a teaspoon of garlic paste.
    – I skipped the Bloody Mary mix and used a teaspoon of ground coriander and a teaspoon of ground cumin.
    – I used a 14 ounce can of black beans and a can of kidney beans for a little variety.
    – I also added a diced green pepper once the ground beef was browned.
    – I added a can of whole kernel corn when I added the beans as well.
    – I used 2 tablespoons of chili powder and then only 1 once the chili was done. My kids find chili powder spicy sometimes.
    – I skipped the water. The green pepper brought enough chili.

    Everyone loved it!


  2. Joe yaya says:

    This is not Texas chili because it has beans. The name should be changed.


    Mark Slater Reply:

    Texas chili:
    “If you know beans about chili you know chili ain’t got no beans!”
    This is a good “rest of the world” chili, but Texas does not approve.


  3. Lisa says:

    No offense intended at all, but real Texas chili does not have beans. That said, I love the idea of using bloody mary mix!


  4. Daniel says:

    I should point out that I was successful in making it, and it was a very tasty chili.


  5. Brian says:

    Don’t use 2 cups of bloody Mary mix unless you REALLY love worsted shire (spell?) Horrible batch. I even ran it a second time with 1.5 cups of it. Still too much. Gonna try just be cup and see next time.


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