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Buffalo Sauce Chili

Buffalo sauce chili is hearty and the perfect use for leftover buffalo sauce. Great for tailgating parties and large crowds!

bowl of buffalo sauce chili on a blue napkin with blue cheese crumbles in a small bowl

At the end of football season, I feel the urge to eat food fit for a tailgate. It’s my way to lament the end of football season. Usually, football ends and then it gets cold and I think of soup.

Soup is not my life, but is also my life… I have trouble turning down a hot steaming bowl of tasty soup. I have made my potato kielbasa soup more times than I can count, but it feels like time for a change.

So I started testing some recipes and this recipe for buffalo sauce chili passed the test.

Looking for more soup? Check out these fall soup recipes!

Buffalo Sauce Chili

The name may sound silly, and maybe a little weird, but it’s the best way to describe it.

Also, it’s the perfect use for any leftover homemade buffalo sauce. If you don’t have any buffalo sauce handy or don’t feel like making your own (hey, we are all allowed a lazy day here and there), I have a substitute for you. For this chili recipe only. 

You can substitute buffalo sauce for 1 part hot sauce and 1 part butter. I say for this recipe only because there is a lot going on in the chili. You probably wouldn’t notice that the spice and flavor that make my buffalo sauce recipe so unique are missing.

But no guarantees there – I still recommend using my buffalo sauce recipe for this chili.

It is buffalo sauce chili, after all.

close up photo of Buffalo Sauce Chili garnished with blue cheese crumbles and additional buffalo sauce

Serving Buffalo Sauce Chili

If you are making this for a party or a large crowd, transfer the chili to a large slow cooker set to “keep warm.” This will keep it nice and hot for your guests.

Place a stack of bowls next to the slow cooker along with any garnishes you are including. Garnishes I recommend include blue cheese crumbles, buffalo sauce (if you love buffalo sauce, you’ll want more), and fresh chives or diced green onion.

Don’t forget the spoons!

Storing Leftover Buffalo Sauce Chili

Store any leftover buffalo sauce chili in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat it in the microwave or in a small pot over medium heat.

If it looks like the liquid has been absorbed by the ingredients, you can add a small amount of chicken broth or tomato sauce and the flavor won’t be sacrificed.

Looking for more hearty chili and soup recipes?

Try these:

bowl of buffalo chili surround by napkins with a spoon in the bowl
Buffalo Sauce Chili

Buffalo Sauce Chili

Buffalo sauce chili is hearty and the perfect use for leftover buffalo sauce. Great for tailgating parties and large crowds!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Soups
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 355kcal


  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • 14.5 ounce diced tomatoes drained
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups green peppers diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • ½ cup blue cheese crumbles
  • Additional blue cheese and buffalo sauce for garnish


  • In a large soup pot over medium high heat, brown the ground beef. When completely browned, drain the fat and return pot to stove.
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, green peppers, corn, onion powder, celery salt, parsley and salt. Turn heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the cream cheese, blue cheese and buffalo sauce and stir. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with additional crumbled blue cheese and buffalo sauce.


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1443mg | Potassium: 856mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 506IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 5mg
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Theresa @DearCreatives

Friday 13th of May 2016

Looks so good. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining the party! Have a great weekend.


Tuesday 3rd of May 2016

YUM! Thank you for linking up to last week's Tasty Tuesday. I have pinned your recipe to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope to see you again at this week's Tasty Tuesday. :-)

Quinn Caudill

Monday 2nd of May 2016

What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday. Pinned and shared!

Helen Fern

Thursday 28th of April 2016

Looks great! Thanks for sharing on the "What's for Dinner" link up!


Monday 25th of April 2016

What a tasty looking dish! I cannot wait to try this out!