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Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili


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

  • Servings: 8

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009


  • 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


  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.

  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.

  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. 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.

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  • danielgullion
    28 FEB, 2016
    This is a good recipe. I used it as a base model and modified. 2 lbs stew meat, coated in flour, salt, pepper, paprika. Browned and added to the pot. Then one pound ground beef and a half pound of a left over pork chop, diced. 1 tsp New Mexico chili powder, a dash of cayenne, 1 tsp smoke chipotle in adobo, 1 tablespoon smoked paprika plus 1 tablespoon paprika. 1/2 tsp dry oregano and 1 tablespoon fresh Mexican oregano. Added green and red pepper. 2/3rd of habenaro. Awesome spicy smoky steak chil
  • hjmund
    18 JAN, 2016
    This chili was awesome. I used a jalapeno instead of a habanero as there were no habaneros at Whole Foods. I used the same amount of spices as prescribed in the recipe and the spice level was perfect. I think a little spicier with a habanero could have worked too. It had a good chili consistency. My boyfriend loved it! Thanks Jimmy for a yummy chili recipe and for always making me smile!
  • MS11584728
    13 JUL, 2015
    You should be able to feel your lips when you eat right? This recipe is stupid-spicy. Half the chili powder is probably sufficient. Also suggest cutting meat back a 1/2 pound and adding a can of black beans and a cup of corn. Beer made it too watery; added tomato paste. [Sorry ya but this recipe needs some love.]
  • Krizzle
    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!
  • Rebecca P
    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.
  • Chrissy Lynn
    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.
  • Barbara R
    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.
  • pamash
    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.
  • azamie
    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 JalapeƱo pepper Add 1 can chili beans Thank you so much Jimmy & Martha!
  • john the koi man
    24 AUG, 2012
    Kinda thin.....needs more tomatoes