Bring the Big Game to Your Table – Make Our Red Robin Chili Recipe Tonight!

Bring the Big Game to Your Table – Make Our Red Robin Chili Recipe Tonight!

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The only thing that really sucks about a bell pepper allergy is the fact that 98% of the places that make chili use it in their recipe. Now let me be clear – this is an allergy I grew into. I used to be able to eat bell peppers when I was younger.

That is why I am so sad to not be able to eat them, and chili, anymore. One of my favorite dishes was my Mom’s stuffed green pepper meal. You know the one – with that hamburger rice mixture in them and then topped with that tomato paste kind of sauce before you bake it? (drool) I miss that!

But not all hope is lost! With a few simple substitutions, we can create our own Robin chili recipe without using bell pepper. This copycat Red Robin chili recipe will be just as delicious without the extra peppers. It is probably one of my favorite copycat recipes that we have ever done.

Beans or no Beans?

That seems to be the big debate in the world of chili. Some people think that chili with beans is not really chili, while others are all for it. It is more common to skip the beans if you live in the Southern United States, but if you live up North, adding beans is almost expected.

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What do the beans do?

Beans add an extra layer of texture and flavor to the chili. They also help to thicken it up, which is why they are so popular in most chili recipes. So if you’re looking for a thicker sauce, then adding beans is definitely a must – and it helps keep the cost down when you feed a crowd.

What kind of meat do you use?

The most popular meat to use in chili is ground beef, but you can also substitute it with ground turkey or even ground chicken. Just make sure that you buy leaner cuts of meat so that the fat content doesn’t overpower your chili.

If you’re looking for a more unique flavor, then try using chorizo or pork shoulder instead.

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What do you serve with this Red Robin chili?

This is best served with a side of cornbread, crackers, or even tortilla chips. You can also top it off with your favorite cheddar cheese and sour cream. Enjoy!

Our Copycat Red Robin Chili Recipe

Chili is perfect to warm you up on that cold day – and even great to have on hand if you want to make our chili dog casserole recipe or even just a chili dog. To me, that is the best part: being able to use this as a meal starter for several other dishes.

Let’s get cooking!

With these few simple ingredients, you can make our delicious copycat version of this chili at home.

Copycat Red Robin Chili Recipe Ingredients

You will need:

  • Ground meat – this could be beef, turkey, chicken, or even a mix of them. I have even seen people crumble up a veggie burger or two
  • Canned chipotle peppers – these add a smoky flavor and heat to the chili
  • Jalapeno – this pepper adds an extra layer of heat
  • Yellow onion – you could even use red onion, but this has a mild flavor and is cheap
  • vegetable oil – any brand would work but I usually go with a canola oil
  • Cloves of garlic- for added pungency, but garlic powder would work in a pinch
  • Flour – this will help to thicken the chili
  • Chili powder- gives it that classic red robin chili taste
  • Red kidney beans – these are a classic option for that Northern chili we talked about. I have occasionally used black beans or even pinto beans instead
  • Fire-roasted tomatoes- this adds a unique flavor to the chili
  • Salt and black pepper- add according to your taste
  • Mexican oregano- this will add some extra flavor
  • Chicken broth- this helps to thin out the chili, yet retains more flavor than water
  • Water – add this if you want a thinner chili

Garnish options: shredded cheese, sour cream, lime wedges

Preparation Instructions:

Cooking the ground beef

Over medium heat, in a large pot brown beef in the oil with the garlic, jalapenos, and diced onion.

Adding the chili seasoning

Add in seasonings and flour and stir until a golden roux forms

Adding broth to chili

Stir in broth and water

Added chili beans and tomatoes

Add in chipotles, tomatoes, and beans

ready to serve chili

Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour

Garnish as desired, serve, and enjoy!

copycat red robin chili in a bowl

And that is all there is to making our copycat red robin chili recipe! We hope you enjoy the experience of creating this delicious dish. Now get in your kitchen, whip up a batch of chili, and let us know how it turns out! Bon appetite!

Now I just have to figure out how to make Red Robin’s campfire sauce!

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Q: Can I make this Red Robin chili recipe vegetarian?

A: Yes, you can easily substitute the ground meat with beans or tofu. Just be sure to adjust the amount of broth and water that is added if you do not use any meat in the recipe.

Q: Is Red Robin chili spicy?

A: Yes, the chili has some heat to it due to the chipotle peppers and jalapenos. You can adjust the amount of these ingredients according to your taste.

Q: How long will this chili last?

A: This chili can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Just make sure to thaw it overnight in the fridge before reheating and serving. Enjoy!

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Make Our Red Robin Chili Recipe Tonight!

copycat red robin chili in a bowl
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 lb ground meat
  • 2-4 canned chipotle peppers, chopped, with 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish options: shredded cheese, sour cream, lime wedges


    In a large pot brown the ground meat in the oil with the garlic, jalapenos, and onion

    Add in seasonings and flour and stir until a golden roux forms

    Stir in broth and water

    Add in chipotles, tomatoes, and beans

    Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about an hour

    Garnish as desired, serve, and enjoy!

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 758mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 28g
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