Chilis Big Mouth Bites

Chilis Big Mouth Bites are the perfect cheeseburger sliders that are great for dinner, family game night, or your next special evening! Don’t miss out on these perfectly-sized cheesy burgers with the perfect jalapeno ranch sauce!

mini cheeseburgers (sliders) on a wood cutting board

What makes a hamburger slider so good?

If you have never had a slider before, simply put, it is a small hamburger, so it is perfect for smaller appetites. You can get very creative with these wonderful sliders. Try a new type of cheese, a special sauce, or fun and unique toppings. Chilis’ slider features a wonderful jalapeno ranch sauce that can’t be beaten!


What you need to make this recipe, thankfully this recipe is made with everyday common ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. There is one difference, you will want to get small slider buns for these burgers. If you can’t find small hamburger buns, ordinary dinner rolls work very well too! You will need:

  • ground chuck
  • chopped white onion
  • butter
  • bacon
  • American cheese slices
  • pickled jalapeno slices
  • Ranch dressing
  • slider buns

ingredients to make Chilis Big Mouth Bites

How to Big Mouth Bites

Even if you aren’t an experienced cook, you can make these just as good as you would get in the restaurant. You will need to:

  • Cook bacon until crisp – crispy bacon makes these irrestiable!
  • Prepare the jalapeno Ranch dressing – this is the signature flavor to this recipe.
  • Prepare the beef– you will need to mix together the seasonings and the beef.
  • Divide meat into small patties
  • Cook the chopped onion – this gives the burgers LOTS of flavor!
  • Cook the burgers
  • Toast the burger buns
  • How to make the jalapeno ranch sauce

    The jalapeno ranch sauce is the real signature to this recipe. It’s really easy to make! I like to buy the dry Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Salad dressing mix, and mix it up according to the directions on the package. I think this has the best flavor, and then pour that into a blender, add my pickled jalapeno peppers, and puree. Now you don’t need to make up your Ranch dressing fresh, you can use your favorite bottle of Ranch dressing mix!

    jalapeno ranch sauce in a food processor bowl

    Cook the bacon crispy!

    Not too many people enjoy soggy bacon. I prepare my bacon by placing on a wire rack on a baking sheet, and then I bake my bacon in the oven. It takes minutes, and it doesn’t dirty up your kitchen!

    cooked bacon in a skillet

    How to make a great slider!

    It’s hard to beat a delicious cheeseburger slider! Here are some cooking tips you might want to use.

    • Be gentle when preparing the burger patties, don’t try to press them too firmly
    • Make sure your skillet or grill is hot before you place the meat patties onto the grill. Place the meat on a hot surface so it won’t stick!
    • Try to have all of your ingredients prepared and ready to go before you cook the meat
    • Keep the sliders warm by placing them into a 200-degree oven if you need to serve them later.

    Chilis Big Mouth Bites are perfect for you next special evening!

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    mini cheeseburgers (sliders) and jalapeno ranch sauce

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    Chilis Big Mouth Bites

    Chilis Big Mouth Bites are tasty little cheeseburgers also known as sliders. Get the easy copycat recipe to make best homemade mini burgers for an appetizer or dinner. Seasoned ground beef patties are cooked in a skillet then placed in toasted brioche buns with cheese, bacon, sautéed onions, and jalapeno ranch sauce.
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    Course: Appetizer, Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Chilis Big Mouth Bites
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 1045kcal


    • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup diced white onion
    • 1 tablespoon butter for sauteing onions
    • 1/4 pound bacon
    • 2 slices American cheese
    • 1 cup Ranch dressing
    • 1 teaspoon chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
    • 1 tablespoon butter for sliders
    • 8 brioche buns or other slider buns


    Crispy Bacon

    • Cook bacon in a large skillet and drain bacon on a wire rack.   Wipe out the skillet, you may want to save the bacon grease for cooking. When the bacon has cooled, break the bacon into 2 to 3 inch pieces.

    Jalapeno Ranch Sauce

    • Place the ranch dressing, and pickled jalapenos into a blender.
    •   Puree until the dressing is smooth. This will taste better the longer it sits.

    Sauteed Onions

    • Add butter to a large skillet.  When the butter has melted, add diced onion.  Cook the onion until the onion until has become translucent. Remove the onions and set aside.

    Hamburger Slider Directions

    • Prepare the burgers by placing ground chuck into a bowl.  Add the salt and freshly ground black pepper, mix well.
    • Divide the seasoned ground beef into 8 portions.  Place as many of the burger patties into the skillet without over crowding them.
    • Cook the ground beef patties on each side for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until the patty has browned. When the burger has browned add a ¼ of a slice of American cheese to each patty.
    • Build the burger by placing cooked chopped onions and bacon on the bottom bun.  Top with the burger patty, and drizzle some of the spicy ranch sauce on top of the meat.  Add the top bun.


    Calories: 1045kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 311mg | Sodium: 1575mg | Potassium: 558mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 994IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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