Tim Horton's chili is a favourite among many so I decided to look for a copy cat recipe and there are many out there. I tried this on and seemed to be it.
This will be the chili that I make from now on.

You can find the recipe here at www.food.com and if you are looking to do it in a crock pot this is their recommendation: 
If cooking the chili in a crock pot, drain the tomatoes; cover and cook on low for about 5 hours. Chili can be made ahead and refrigerated overnight. Freezes well too so would be good OAMC recipe
2 lbs ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 -3 onions, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 (19 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
2 (10 ounce) cans mushroom pieces, drained, chopped
2 (10 ounce) cans tomato soup, undiluted
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons chili powder, divided
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 -2 garlic cloves, minced or 3 teaspoons garlic powder


  1. Brown the ground beef in the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until no longer pink; place in a large pot. Do not drain.
  2. Sauté onion, celery and green pepper in the drippings, in the same frying pan used for the ground beef, for about 5 minutes until onion is translucent.
  3. Add a little of the chili powder.
  4. Add sautéed veggies to the ground beef.
  5. Add rinsed and drained kidney beans, mushrooms pieces, undiluted tomato soup and tomatoes with the liquid.
  6. Add the rest of the chili powder, oregano, salt, pepper, sugar, and garlic.
  7. Stir ingredients together well.
  8. Cover and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove cover and simmer for 30 minutes or more, stirring occasionally.

Rebecca McNeer
11/23/2014 07:37:12 am

Scale of 1-10, this is at least a 15!!! Tastes,looks just like TH. I used 24 ounces of ground turkey & left out the shrooms. Followed for sauté &put all in crockpot on low. After 2 hours, put immersion blender in crockpot, puréed &left it on low. Serving with cornbread. THANK YOU!

Don Speckeen
5/13/2018 10:05:42 am

Made it EXACTLY as listed - it's better than Timmys - Didn't have chili powder so I substituted a Cajun spice and it was delicious. Definitly a 15 PLUS

Colettte Perrier
9/22/2018 07:35:19 am

Need to make one for hunters (7). How many servings with this recipe?

9/22/2018 11:37:53 am

We are a family of 5 and have leftovers. For 7 hungry hunters, I would double the batch just to be sure. Thanks for asking, it a good recipe. I have experimented with substituting half the meat with lentils (reducing meat intake) and I thought it was still good.

4/6/2020 08:48:45 am

Colette. See my comments below. This recipe says serves 14-15. My family of four gobbled 80% of this chili recipe down at one serving (Yummy!). I'd suggest doing a double batch if you are cooking for seven hunters!

4/6/2020 08:39:18 am

I made this for my family last night. I think the batch makes 14 or 15 servings.... Well my family of four... all that was left after one meal was one bowl (which I'm claiming as my lunch today)!! I add a teaspoon of Cajun pepper to give it a bit of kick. In a word... DELICIOUS!!

Sara Langlois
9/19/2021 05:01:22 pm

it tastes A-M-A-Z-I-N-G it tastes EXACTLY like TH's chilli maybe add paprika for the color and a bit more sugar but besides that it's perfect!

11/19/2021 08:18:47 pm

Thanks for the recipe! I took the long way by making my own tomato sauce and boiling red kidney beans! I only had one medium size onion, one stick of celery, and half a bell pepper. It turned out awesome! Had it in the evening by itself, and made nachos at noon the following day. I’d say this is about 10+ servings. I miss the convenience of timmys but making this is definitely worth it! Thanks again!


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