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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. 😉  

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.

Traeger Brisket Chili

What kind of beans should I use in chili?

There are a number of options when it comes to choosing beans for chili:

  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.

Traeger Brisket Chili

As you can see, you have MANY options when it comes to choosing beans for your chili. I LOVE to use a number of different kinds with different sizes and colors. But you can choose just one if that’s your preference!

Traeger Brisket Chili

What can I serve with this Traeger 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!

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What toppings go 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 I 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.

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Traeger Brisket Chili

Traeger Brisket Chili

Traeger Brisket Chili

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

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!


  • 4 cups diced cooked brisket
  • 2 cans stewed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 package Chili Kit (Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit, pictured below)
  • 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:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 100mg Sodium: 837mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 5g Protein: 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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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.