This easy bloody mary chili recipe is thick and packed with flavor! If you love this classic drink or just love chili you’ve got to try this hearty meal.
This easy bloody mary chili recipe is great! I have to say I don’t order that drink myself but the mix gives everything a great taste. (originally published 10/17, affiliate links present)
Have you ever tried making food using the bloody mary mix you have in your cabinet? Well it gives things a kick and adds lots of flavor
Chili is such a funny meal. I say that because there are thousands and thousands of ways you can make it. No one is wrong really.
Some like it with lots of juices and others like it super chunky and thick like we have here.
I like it both ways really, just depends on my mood but as is this one came out great.
Bloody Mary Chili Recipe
We started years and years ago having chili a few times each month using my 5 ingredient crockpot chili recipe. Typically I cook either a pot of rice or make baked potatoes to serve it on and top it with cheese. The more the better for us.
To me chili is a hearty dinner that everyone here loves. It is warm when it is cold outside, and quite inexpensive to make which I love when I have 5 to feed.
If you’re ready for some bold flavors and kicking it up a notch, make this bloody mary chili spicy. Or tame using as much hot sauce as you like! 😉
I got the idea when I was watching the Food Network. The next show that was coming on was The Pioneer Woman. She was going to make her bloody mary chili. This is non alcoholic don’t worry.
I didn’t have time to watch it but just jotted the idea down, looked at her recipe online later on. I figured I could use my traditional recipe and just tweak it to include bloody mary mix. It came out great.
If you want to make this in your crockpot you could do that easily too. Just brown the meat beforehand, throw everything (except the cheese) in your slow cooker. Put it on low to simmer all day long.
Bloody Mary Chili
- Ground beef or ground sausage works too
- Bell pepper
- Bloody mary mix in a bottle
- Pinto beans
- 15-ounce can Kidney beans
- Diced tomatoes
- Spices such as chili powder cumin and many others
- Dashes of Worcestershire sauce
I make easy Instant Pot chili too which is much quicker, and now we have a much chunkier bold version with our easy bloody mary chili recipe. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.
Here is a quick step by step but there is a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Time needed: 1 hour.
Bloody Mary Chili
Dice all of your vegetables. In a pot heat oil and your add the ground beef (or spicy ground sausage is amazing too). Cook until about half way done, little pink is remaining.
Add the garlic and add onions,. Throw in your diced bell peppers, celery, and all the spices.
Stir, and allow to cook a bit more until ground beef is no longer pink and veggies have begun to soften.
Over medium heat add in your can of diced tomatoes, add your kidney beans drained and rinsed (or style of choice) into your pot. Pour in bloody mary mix, Tobasco, and Worcestershire sauce.
Stir, allow to start to bubble. If you want more liquid add a bit more bloody mary sauce to taste. Lower heat to low and put a lid on your pot just slightly ajar.
Simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally on low.
What is the best secret ingredient for chili?
I think a bit of heat is a must. Not so much that you can’t taste your food and your nose is running, but just a slight kick. Beans are a must for us as well but some are a hard NO for those.
Want to add something different? Add a cup of frozen corn in too! I love this personally, adds some texture and flavor.
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Crazy right? Making chili with bloody mary mix and beans is out of this world I tell you!
Easy Bloody Mary Chili Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 med. onion diced
- 1 bell pepper we use half yellow and half green
- 2 stalks celery more if you want some on the side
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp steak seasoning
- 1.5 c bloody mary mix or more depending on taste
- 1 c pinto beans canned
- 1 c kidney beans canned
- 1 c diced tomatoes canned
- tobasco to taste
- worcestershire Sauce to taste, about 1 tbsp
- salt to taste
- Dice all of your vegetables and drain your beans, rinse them too.
- In a pot add some olive oil and your ground beef. Cook until about half way done.
- Add in your diced onions, bell peppers, celery, and all spices. Stir, and allow to cook a bit more until ground beef is no longer pink and veggies have begun to soften.
- Over medium heat add in your diced tomatoes, bloody mary mix, tobasco, and worcestershire sauce. Stir, allow to start to bubble. If you want more liquid add a bit more bloody mary mix to taste.
- Lower heat to low and put a lid on your pot just slightly ajar.
- Allow to simmer on low for about an hour. I stir about twice in this time.
- Serve with side of cornbread, over baked potatoes, or rice with a bit of cheese if you want and/or green onions.