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Beef, Bean, and Beer Chili

Beef, Bean, and Beer Chili

It’s National Chili Day! It’s always the fourth Thursday in February. For the earliest chili, American frontier settlers used a recipe of dried beef, suet, dried chili peppers and salt, which was all pounded together, formed into bricks and dried. The bricks could then be boiled in pots on the trails. We found that info particularly cool.

Apparently, no one can chase down the actual originator of this day, but we’re gonna celebrate it none the less. This¬† chili con carne (chili with meat) recipe also has BEER!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons ground ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle beer
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups water, or as needed
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2/3 cup diced poblano pepper
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed well


  • Place a pot over high heat. Drizzle in vegetable oil. Add diced onion, ground beef, and salt. Break up meat with wooden spoon into small pieces as it browns. After meat browns and releases its juices, continue stirring until the released liquid evaporates, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add garlic, chile powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper, and cinnamon. Cook and stir until mixture begins to darken, 3 or 4 minutes.
  • Stir in beer. Add cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne, water, and tomato puree; stir well. Bring to a simmer; adjust heat to medium-low. Simmer 30 minutes.
  • Stir in diced green pepper and pinto beans. If mixture becomes too thick, add a bit more water. Simmer until peppers are tender and flavors have blended, about 30 more minutes.

Thanks to All Recipes for this recipe.


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