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Traeger Brisket Chili

Traeger Brisket Chili is a hearty batch of homemade chili that’s made from leftover Traeger smoked brisket. This meaty chili can be made as mild or as spicy as you’d like, and it comes together in a flash.

Traeger Brisket Chili

Traeger Brisket Chili

Chili is one of my favorite comfort foods, and my recipe for Traeger Brisket Chili has officially made it into my regular winter rotation.

Using leftover brisket in place of ground beef, the smoky flavor of the Brisket adds depth and richness when compared to your run-of-the-mill chili recipes. I can’t think of a better way to use up leftover grilled beef brisket.

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Traeger Brisket Chili

If you need a good smoked brisket recipe, you’ve come to the right place. Check out my post for Traeger Smoked Brisket before moving on. If you seriously cannot wait for more chili RIGHT NOW, you can use ground beef in place of the brisket. I won’t tell. 😉  

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Additionally, if you don’t have enough brisket for a whole batch of chili you can supplement the meat with seasoned ground beef.

The great thing about chili is its versatility, you can basically put anything you like in it to suit your individual preferences!  

From a simple recipe with just meat, beans and tomatoes, to an elaborate concoction with everything but the kitchen sink in there.

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Traeger Brisket Chili

What kind of beans work best in chili?

I know, I know. Those are fighting words to some. But, if you like beans in chili there are a lot of options. If you don’t, feel free to omit!

  1. Pinto Bean | This is the most popular and most commonly used bean in the United States and Northwestern Mexico. It is used in chili, or mashed and refried in Mexican dishes.
  2. Kidney beans  | One of the most popular beans used in chili, their red skin and white interior are packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and antioxidants.
  3. Black beans | This relatively small bean is used in soups, stews, tacos, and chili. The rich black color is what black beans are known for. Black beans are classified as a legume, and high in fiber and packed with protein.
  4. Cannellini beans | These beans are also known as the Italian White Beans. They have a silky texture and nutty flavor and are most commonly used in Minestrone, but can be used in a variety of dishes, including chili.
  5. Great Northern beans | Packed with calcium and used in baked beans, soups, stews, and chili. These beans have a mild flavor and absorb seasonings well, so they are perfect for Chili!
  6. Garbanzo beans | Also known as Chickpeas. They are in the legume family and round and firm in texture. Two cups contain all of your daily fiber! Widely used in hummus recipes and another option for chili, though less commonly used.
  7. Navy beans | These small pea-sized beans have a creamy white color. They got their name because it was a staple food in the United States Navy in the early 20th Century. Perfect in baked beans. Mild flavor, dense and smooth, and also in the legume family.

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Traeger Brisket Chili

Make this with a Smoked Baked Potato!

Traeger Brisket Chili

What can you serve with Brisket Chili?

To complement this dish, I recommend Traeger Corn on the Cob, a recipe you can find right here! There’s a lot of really cool little corn-on-the-cob holders that can make this a fun option for the kids.

Another popular choice to accompany chili is always cornbread, considering that chili con carne had cornbread in it. I have a recipe right here for Instant Pot Cornbread, or another GREAT option would be my Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins from

What toppings work best on chili?

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheeses
  • Fritos
  • Crushed Doritos
  • Diced onion
  • Sliced avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Chopped scallions or green onions
  • Sliced jalapenos

Have a bottle of hot sauce available for those who wish to spice it up.

Traeger Brisket Chili

What else can you make with leftover brisket?

SO MANY THINGS. So many. How about these brisket baked beans? I also have a whole post full of ideas for using up leftover steak and roast beef, and brisket would work in almost any of these as well.

Traeger Brisket Chili
Yield: 12 servings

Traeger Brisket Chili

Traeger Brisket Chili

Delicious hearty chili is made even better with the addition of leftover Traeger-smoked brisket. Use your favorite beans and your favorite toppings to make this chili your own!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 4 cups diced cooked brisket
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 packages Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit (or your favorite combination of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, etc.)
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can chili beans
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream


  1. Place the diced brisket, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and chili seasonings into a large pot.
  2. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the beans and gently cook until heated.
  4. Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese for garnish.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 837mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 31g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Saturday 17th of April 2021

johnny Traeger is a true pit master, but i cant believe being from texas he puts beans in his chili, much less beans from a can

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 17th of April 2021

I don't know who Johnny Traeger is, but around here we like some beans in the mix. You're more than welcome to omit if you'd like though!


Tuesday 14th of January 2020

What precisely are chili beans? Googled, they come up with kidney beans. you

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

They can be pinto, kidney, or even black beans, but they are in chili sauce instead of the bean juice that beans are usually packed in. I prefer the pinto beans myself! Here's a link:


Saturday 11th of January 2020

I made this with left over brisket from our Traeger and when my husband and I tasted this, we were sorely disappointed. I followed this recipe to a T and it just didn’t have good flavor. It was bland. It was too runny and I think the chili kit mix was just terrible. Definitely disappointed that we wasted such good brisket on this.

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 11th of January 2020

I'm so sorry to hear that! This has been made to rave reviews a number of times. Can't please them all though, especially with chili as there are so many different ideas about what's proper chili and what isn't. Either way, I definitely encourage people to experiment and make things their own. If it wasn't as flavorful as you'd like, I'd add in some additional chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, etc, until it is just how you like it. To thicken chili, you can make a roux out of mesa and water. Hopefully, you didn't toss it out because this is definitely a salvageable situation! <3 Happy cooking!


Saturday 26th of October 2019

Just happen to have some leftover traeger brisket in our freezer. Was excited to come across this recipe, what a great idea. We're going to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 26th of October 2019

Hey Gina! Isn't it great when that happens? I'm happy I could hopefully help make your dinner great (and easy). Hope you liked it!

Kenneth Ott

Sunday 20th of October 2019

I was excited to see this recipe, until, I saw that you use a seasoning packet. I prefer to measure out my own spices and know what's going in my recipe...... Sorry, but I won't be making this recipe.

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 20th of October 2019

You're welcome to use your own blend of seasoning, if that's what you are into. ;) I happen to really like that particular packet, but to each their own. We're all about doing your own thing around here.

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