Brisket Slow Cooker Chili

December 19, 2012 by Kari Karch

There are many different ways to make chili and here is another one! Chef Kari Karch grew up in Texas and now lives in Chicago so she jumped at the chance to whip up a recipe that combines the chili styles of both locations. Learn how to make a 9 spice brisket slow cooker chili recipe.


preparation time
30 mins

cook time




2 cup Low Sodium Beef Stock

2 Dried Chiles de Arbol stems removed

1 12 oz jar Roasted Red Peppers drained

1 28oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes

0.5 cup Beer

1 teaspoons Coriander

1 teaspoons Cumin

1 teaspoons Chili Powder

1 teaspoons Dry Mustard

1 teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 teaspoons Onion Flakes

1 teaspoons Smoked Paprika

1 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 teaspoons Salt

1 teaspoons Pepper

2 pounds Trimmed Kosher Beef Brisket

1 pounds Ground Italian Sausage

1 Red Pepper finely diced

1 Clove of Garlic grated

3 tablespoons Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

0.5 cup Sour Cream

1 Lime zested and juiced

0.25 teaspoons Sea Salt

0.25 Pepper


In a small sauce pan, simmer the beef stock over medium heat. Add the two chilies to the stock and simmer until the peppers have reconstituted. Then remove from heat and allow the stock and peppers to cool for two minutes. When the stock has cooled, add it to a food processor or blender along with the drained roasted red peppers, crushed tomatoes, and beer. Blend until smooth. Add the liquid to the crock pot. Season the brisket on both sides with salt and pepper. In a large pan over high heat, sear the meat on both sides until brown. Place the meat on a large platter to rest.In the same pan, add the Italian sausage and cook through. Spoon onto a paper towel to drain oil. Reduce the heat of the pan to medium/low and add the olive oil, finely diced onion and red pepper. Cook for about three minutes until the vegetables start to soften. Add the spices and grated garlic and cook another minute. Remove the pan from heat and add the vegetables to the liquid base in the crock pot. Stir to combine all ingredients. Add the brisket to the chili bath, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours. When the brisket is done cooking, remove it from the chili bath and allow it to rest for five minutes before cutting/shredding. The brisket can be shredded or cut into cubes, which ever you prefer. I like to chunk off large pieces using a fork. Crank the heat on the chili liquid up to high and cook for another half an hour with the meat added back to the pot. Add the cilantro and stir to evenly distribute. Keep the lid off to create a thicker chili. After a half an hour, the chili is done. Allow about ten minutes for the chili to cool before serving. Make the crema by stirring the sour cream, lime juice and zest, cilantro, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and top over chili. Top each serving with a tablespoon of crema, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, and a teaspoon cilantro.

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.