George’s Chili Just Like Culver’s Recipe

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Culver’s is known for its George’s chili dish. It’s filled with kidney beans, pinto beans, green bell pepper, spices like chili powder, dried oregano, and cumin, all bound together in rich tomato sauce. Now you can recreate it at home by following this easy Culver’s chili recipe.

One of the key factors in making this Culver’s chili recipe as flavorful as it can be is to choose the right kind of ground beef. We recommend using chuck as it has a beautiful fat marbling which gives the dish a rich beef flavor. The second best secret is to brown the beef well. The pan should be hot enough that once you drop the meat in, you’ll hear a sizzle. Let the meat cook untouched for about 3 minutes or until it develops a deep brown color before turning. Once you’re done, all you have to do is to put everything together in the crock pot and let it do the work for you.

This chili dish is great if you want to feel some warmth during the winter. Serve this with soft pretzel bites, grilled cheese, or simply have it as is. 


George’s Chili Just Like Culver’s Recipe

How To Make George’s Chili Just Like Culver’s

With ground chuck, tomato sauce, beans, bell peppers, and a blend of spices, this Culver’s chili recipe has got all the ingredients you need for a scrumptious chili like George’s.

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins


  • 1 lb ground beef, preferably chuck
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 7 oz kidney beans, (1 can) drained
  • 7 oz pinto beans, (1 can) drained
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper, medium dice
  • ¾ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

To serve:

  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • parsley or spring onion, chopped


  1. Heat up a pan to medium. Add oil.

  2. Saute the ground beef in oil until evenly browned. Drain any excess fat if necessary.

  3. Transfer to your crockpot and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix to combine.

  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly.

  5. Set the crockpot on High and cook for about 90 minutes to 2 hours.

  6. Serve hot together with sour cream and grated cheddar cheese. Enjoy!


  • Sugar: 9g
  • :
  • Calcium: 130mg
  • Calories: 628kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Cholesterol: 107mg
  • Fat: 32g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Iron: 9mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 1589mg
  • Protein: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 893mg
  • Trans Fat: 2g
  • Vitamin A: 1465IU
  • Vitamin C: 24mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Culver’s chili recipe with tomato juice?

If you will use tomato juice alone for this recipe, it might not give enough flavor as it is less concentrated compared with tomato sauce. The best substitution will be tomato paste. You can substitute the amount of tomato sauce needed with half tomato paste and half water or tomato juice instead.

What do I do if my chili is too watery?

This Culver’s chili recipe makes a chili that has just the right consistency — not too thick and not too watery. But if yours turns out to be a bit watery, there are multiple ways to thicken it up. First, you can continue cooking it for an additional 1 hour just so that the excess liquid will evaporate. On the other hand, you can use roux which is a mixture of equal parts of fat and flour to thicken it up.



This Culver’s chili recipe serves a delicious bowl of chili that tastes like it came off of the Culver’s menu! Made with flavorful ground beef, hearty beans, and chunky tomatoes, this dish is perfect served as a side or on its own.
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