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Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili

This easy Crock-Pot chili recipe is courtesy of comedian Jimmy Fallon.

  • servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds ground chuck beef, ground for chili
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 habanero chile, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, coarsely chopped with their juices
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Tortilla chips, for serving
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Chopped tomatoes, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add beef and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; drain in a colander, discarding fat, and set aside.

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  2. Step 2

    Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onions, garlic, and habanero; season with salt. Cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.

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  3. Step 3

    In a 6-quart Crock-Pot, combine beef, onion mixture, chile powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper; stir to combine. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and beer; cover and cook on high, stirring occasionally, for 5 hours.

  4. Step 4

    Add kidney beans and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with desired toppings.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009

Reviews (15)

  • 16 Dec, 2013

    I made this last night. I ended up using 2 lbs of ground beef and about 4 1/2 cups of cooked pinto beans. I didn't have habenero so I used 3 small chipotles (in adobo). I am happy with the way the chili turned out. It's just a tiny bit spicy and it has a nice flavor. It's a bit on the soupy side, perhaps if I cooked it longer it would have thickened more. I personally like soupy chili, so I'm cool with it. I am excited to try it again tonight as chili always tastes better the next day!

  • 9 Nov, 2013

    Really good but REALLY beefy. And we are meat-lovers, but wow, LOTS of beef. Next time we are going to half the beef. We also doubled the beans.

  • 6 Nov, 2013

    I make this chili a few times a year, love it! Though I prefer to add more veggies (pepper, corn, and celery). This time I also tried a mix of ground beef, ground chicken, and ground pork.

  • 31 Oct, 2013

    I made this chili recipe for our company halloween chili cookoff competition and I won first place. I used one jalapeno instead of a habanero since I didn't want it to be too hot. It was really good and the whole crock pot was eaten.

  • 8 May, 2013

    This is the best chili recipe I've ever made. I don't always have beer around so I add a little more water. Still comes out spicy good. I also cook it on the stove, not in a crock pot.

  • 4 Jan, 2013

    THE VERY BEST CHILI RECIPE!!!
    I've been making this chili since I watched Jimmy make it on the Martha Stewart show right before he started hosting Late Night w/Jimmy Fallon and it has been my family's favorite ever since. I've tried numerous chili recipes over the years and none compare to this one.
    I have made a few adjustments to our liking and they are:
    Only use 2 lbs hamburger
    Substitute the habanero chili with a Jalapeño pepper
    Add 1 can chili beans
    Thank you so much Jimmy & Martha!

  • 24 Aug, 2012

    Kinda thin.....needs more tomatoes

  • 27 Jan, 2012

    Very disappointing. I made the recipe to a tee and the end result was a very bland chili.

  • 20 Feb, 2011

    I made this today, whilst it has a good flavor, I really missed the tomato taste, as others mentioned. I even added a can of tom paste and an extra can of toms. The flavor was somewhat 'watery', rather than a full robust rich flavor. I think I will try this again with a few more changes. I guess I will continue on my quest to find a great slow cook chili

  • 24 Dec, 2010

    This recipe is pretty good, but it's probably not what you're looking for if your in the mood for true chili. It's not very tomato-y at all (which to me is what chili should be), but the flavors were different enough for me to consider making it again some other time. I made half a batch and we had around 7 single servings.

  • 21 Feb, 2010

    Made this for the parents at my childs party. Made a double lot expecting lots to be left, I was so wrong some had seconds, thirds and even more. I added some beef stock and some mushrooms to fill it out more. Will make this again as everyone loved it.

  • 21 Feb, 2010

    Made this for the parents at my childs party. Made a double lot expecting lots to be left, I was so wrong some had seconds, thirds and even more. I added some beef stock and some mushrooms to fill it out more. Will make this again as everyone loved it.

  • 20 Feb, 2010

    My comment was cut off.
    I used organic ground turkey instead, and added about 3/4 c. chicken stock. it was great and a hit with my family. the beer is the key!

  • 20 Feb, 2010

    This was really good! I used delicious local

  • 3 Mar, 2009

    Great chili recipe! Not your standard chili texture, which is nice! I like that it is not super tomato-y. I'm not a fan of beans in chili, but I liked it in this recipe. Easy and yummy! I made half a batch and it made enough for two meals for two people...at least.