Make this delicious Smoked Brisket Chili whenever you have leftover brisket! Tons of flavor from all your favorite chili ingredients, plus you’ll have the smokey flavor from smoking your chili plus the leftover smoked brisket. Easy, delicious and easy to make!
If you’ve ever had leftover brisket and don’t know what to do with it, then you’re going to want to check out this recipe. Smoked brisket chili is the best way to repurpose leftover brisket and turn it into something entirely different! This hearty meal is the perfect thing on a chilly day — a real “stick to your ribs” kind of meal.
We love pulled pork chili as a way to repurpose our killer pulled pork, so we figured why not use that same idea with brisket. And man, the results speak for themselves! I guarantee that this chili recipe with smoked brisket would win any chili cook-off competition. So, if you’re in need of a winning recipe then give this one a whirl.
Why You’ll Love Smoked Brisket Chili
- It only takes about 15 minutes to prep this dish, then you just have to be patient enough to let the smoker work it’s magic. The wait is beyond worth it!
- Chili is a great way to repurpose leftover meat and create less food waste. Which, in turn, makes your grocery budget a bit more happy.
- You can get 6 hearty servings out of one pot of this chili. Make a double batch to serve a large crowd!
Ingredients for Chili Recipe with Smoked Brisket
- Chili beans – Grab your favorite chili beans to use in this deliciously easy chili beans.
- Diced tomatoes – We personally like to use fire roasted tomatoes in this dish, but you can use whatever kind you want.
- Beef broth – Beef broth provides the most rich flavor. However, you can use chicken broth if that’s all that you have on hand. A bone broth would be tasty too!
- Onions – Diced onion is one of the easiest, and best, ways to add tons of flavor to a dish. So make sure you don’t omit this tasty little ingredient.
- Olive oil – Use a little olive oil to sauté the onions to bring out their flavor and soften them for the chili.
- Tomato paste – A tomato-ey base to a thick chili is always so tasty. Get the perfect base to your smoked brisket chili by adding some tomato paste.
- Cooked bacon – Bacon makes everything better, am I right?!
- Leftover brisket – We love to repurpose leftover protein in recipes like this one.
- Bouillon cube – A simple bouillon cube is an easy way to add flavor to your brisket chili.
- garlic powder
- smoked paprika
- black pepper
- onion powder
- chili powder
How to Make Smoked Brisket Chili
Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit with the dutch oven inside.
Then mix each of the spices together in a small bowl to create the chili seasoning.
Add olive oil and diced white onion to the dutch oven. Sauté the onions for 5-6 minutes until soft and fragrant.
Then add the rest of the chili ingredients, stir, and add the chili seasoning. Stir well to combine all of the ingredients thoroughly.
Close the lid to the smoker and let the chili smoke at a simmer for 3 hours. Make sure to stir it well every 30 minutes.
Once 3 hours has passed, you can remove the chili from the smoker and serve with your favorite toppings!
How to Store Leftover Smoked Brisket Chili
FRIDGE: Transfer leftovers to an airtight container, then store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
FREEZER: Place chili into an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
What to Serve with Beef Brisket Chili Recipe
Serve your warm brisket chili with hearty side dishes like cheesy grilled garlic bread or cornbread. Baked potatoes with chili is always a hit too. And smoked jalapeño popper cheese is always delicious with the richness of a good chili.
Our smoked potato casserole would also be really tasty alongside this dish! Smoked dinner rolls go great with smoked chili too. If you are looking for a cold side dish, then make a big batch of potato salad.
You can also simply serve this brisket chili recipe with crackers — ritz and clubhouse crackers are our favorites. Serving it with some crunchy corn chips is also tasty!
Toppings for Smoked Brisket Chili
You can use any and all of your favorite toppings when it comes to a fresh pot of chili! Some of our favorites are:
- sour cream
- shredded cheese
- green onions
- corn chips
- corn or Mexican street corn
- fresh diced onion
- jalapeño slices
Pro Tips for the Best Chili Recipe with Smoked Brisket
- Make sure you stir the chili really well while it smokes. Stirring every 30 minutes will help prevent it from sticking to the dutch oven and will ensure the delicious smoke flavor gets into the entire dish.
- Cut the leftover brisket into small chunks or shred it well so that each bite of chili has flavorful, tender brisket.
- If you have a favorite premade chili seasoning mix, feel free to use that instead of making your own.
This yummy smoked brisket chili recipe is a game changer, so we hope you’ll give it a try!
More Smoker Recipes That You’ll Love
- Smoked Bacon is one of the best ways to cook bacon! If you’re looking for ways to change up breakfast, then you’ll love this.
- Smoked Chicken Breasts can be eaten as a protein for a meal or used in tons of different recipes.
- If you’ve never tried Smoked Deviled Eggs, then you’re missing out! You totally have to give this recipe a whirl.
- Need a good game day side dish, then make this Smoked Queso Dip.
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- 1 ½ Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1.5 pounds leftover brisket cut into 1 inch cubes
- 8 slices cooked bacon chopped
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 3 cans diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces each
- 32 ounces beef broth
- 1 chicken bouillon cube
- 2 cans chili beans 15.5 ounces each
- Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit with the dutch oven on it.
- In a small bowl mix together the Chili seasoning.
- Add the Olive oil and onions to the dutch oven. Let the onions saute for 5-6 minutes until soft
- Once the onions are soft add the rest of the chili ingredients and the chili seasoning and stir until combined.
- Close the lid of the smoker and let the chili smoke for 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
- After 3 hours of smoking, remove from the smoker and serve with your favorite toppings.