Beef and Beer Chili

  • nansmi Posted: 04/22/10
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    It's a rainy April Day, so thought I would try this chili. My husband and I thought it was pretty good, and I will make again. Changes I made: Used 1 lb of ground turkey, didn't use the beef broth; added red pepper flakes; used masa harina as the thickener and used black beans & Great White Northern beans. Also, made the quesadillas.

  • lksmithnj Posted: 01/18/09
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    Very easy and very good! Don't add all the beef broth unless you really need it, which I didn't. I also let it cook down longer than the recipe called for. I added a small can of niblets corn, more cumin and more chili powder. Definitely a keeper in our household!

  • ajknightfan Posted: 02/07/10
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    I, like some of you, did not use the beef broth. I also used canned dices tomatoes in place of some of the tomato sauce. This was fantastic. I can't wait to try it with turkey meat and see if I can lower the fat even more. This will be made regularly in the winter months in my house.

  • JasonM Posted: 10/05/09
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    I made only a few changes to this recipe. 1) I didn't have quite enough chili powder, so I added a bit of chipotle chili powder and paprika to round out the taste. 2) I added about 1/2 tsp of ground coriander and about 1/4 cup of chopped fresh cilantro. 3) I used a 12oz Guinness Draught instead of the suggested beer. 4) I added an extra tablespoon and a half of cornmeal because I wasn't satisfied with the consistency after just one tablespoon. With those changes, anyway, this was a flavorful and pleasant chili. Having used the chipotle powder, it had just enough heat going for it and the cilantro added a nice touch to go with the lime juice. We'll make this again.

  • corinneja Posted: 11/20/08
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    I make this recipe regularly, but I add a pinch of cayenne pepper and double the amount of cornmeal, to thicken it a bit more. It makes a great weeknight meal with cornbread.

  • AdrienneandDave Posted: 09/20/09
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    I made this last night to serve for tonight...but I tasted it last night. It tasted good BUT I made a few changes. I hadn't even read the reviews, but it seemed really watery so I halfed the beer and broth amounts, and doubled the corn meal and salt amount. It had a good flavor, but not much heat, which is fine for my 3 year old and great uncle, LOL. If you decrease the broth and beer-- I think its a flavorfull chili, but isn't very spicy.

  • ca1allicat Posted: 02/09/09
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    Was an ok recipe but there are many more great chili recipes that I would rather make.

  • Chinna Posted: 12/15/08
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    Yummy! This is a great dish for those cold winter nights.

  • BakingLibrarian Posted: 12/24/08
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    I took some of the advice here about upping the spices and the meat and using two kinds of beans; I also did not use the beer and instead used more broth. It was AWESOME. I made an additional batch to freeze after the first one ran out because my husband and I were both nuts about it. Fabulous!

  • kel00007 Posted: 01/11/09
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    I came online and read the reviews before I made this last night. My boyfriend, his father and sister LOVED it and gobbled it all up!! I doubled up on the meat, added extra garlic, red pepper flakes; I used a packet of beef broth mix instead of a cup of broth. I also took one reviewers advice and had a few sips of my Sam Adams before I added it to the recipe. I also drained the tomatoes before adding, and used 2 tsp of cornmeal. It made the chili hearty and robust (not watery at all.) I served with shredded cheddar on top, and I made quesadillas as a side dish. Yum, Yum, Yum.

  • windmill Posted: 01/23/09
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    I thought this tasted pretty gross, I won't make it again. O.K. for family night...no guests

  • SMStauffer Posted: 09/02/10
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    Much too thin and watery. Next time I won't use the beef broth; it's not usual in chili anyway. We don't care for the "cornmeal as thickener." I used a minced jalapeno rather than chili powder, and added fresh cilantro. Might try chipotle next time. It's a good beginning, but needs a lot of additions to make it great.

  • Cavldr Posted: 08/26/09
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    I like soupy chili but, like most of the reviewers, made a number of changes;therefore it seems most reviewers rated the recipe based on their changes, not the original recipe. I'd say the original recipe is poor at best. The number of stars should be based on the recipe as printed lest the original author may think they did well.

  • raquel46 Posted: 02/22/10
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    LOVE THIS! both my 2 year olds love it and so does my 8 year old

  • lfirebrand Posted: 10/10/09
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    This was really good, easy to make, and went together fast. I doubled the ground beef and omitted the beans. I added 1 (14 ounce) can of white hominy, 3 Tbl of tomato paste and 1 chipotle pepper. I also simmered longer that the recipe called for, until the chili was nice and thick. This was delicious served with corn muffins.

  • CV91915 Posted: 01/13/10
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    This is a solid chili recipe and has found its way into my rotation of regular recipes. Like others, I made a couple of minor changes, which I do to every recipe. 50% more beef and some chili/garlic sauce for more heat. It works well on my low-calorie diet too.

  • flambe99 Posted: 11/17/10
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    I tweaked this after reading the reviews and was happy with the results. I doubled the meat, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and red pepper flakes. I forgot to buy cornmeal, so I just crumbled some tortilla chips into the pot. Served over rice and topped with cheese and sour cream with corn mini-muffins on the side.

  • dreamc76 Posted: 01/18/11
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    very favorful and easy to make. i used lamb instead of beef, fresh tomatoes, and added corn and allowed to simmer for 45 min to thicken. will deffinately be making again since hard to please chef/boyfriend said best chili he ever had!

  • wilso132 Posted: 02/04/11
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    We really liked this recipe..especially because it didn't take that long to make it. We added a lot more of the spices and added tobasco and others to make it a little more spicy.

  • nwilker Posted: 09/19/11
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    Used 2 amber beers (skipped the beef broth), added a jalapeno, added chopped green chili, upped to 1 pound of meet, simmered for a lot longer, and added a cup of water. I definitely should have used beer i liked vs, beer that was in the cooler. The lime smoothed out the taste very well. It was tasty but i don't know if it's do it again.

  • Cbyrdie Posted: 10/11/11
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    Definitely needs quite a few additions - up the beef and spices and added in a little cayenne for a kick. We also used corn and black beans and finished with light sour cream and cheese. Shiner Bock complemented the taste nicely! Good base recipe and its quick for a weeknight.

  • Susan1947 Posted: 10/10/11
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    After reading other reviews, I omitted the beef broth, added extra garlic, and used Rotel original tomatoes instead of plain. Cilantro would have been nice but didn't have any so next time. Otherwise followed the recipe pretty much. We both enjoy with shredded cheese garnish.

  • hawrmc Posted: 10/29/11
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    I'm tired of people changing the whole recipe then rating it three stars.. If you change the recipe, you shouldn't rate this one!!

  • Kellykel Posted: 04/03/13
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    This is my go-to chili recipe. I sort of agree with Hawrmc, you can't change everything about a recipe and then say you don't like it. I don't technically change it. The can of tomatoes it calls for just happens to be a variety from Kroger with Jalapenos mixed in (I'm from the SW, what do you expect) and where it calls for beer, I add a beer with some flavor, KIllian's Irish Red. (I don't consider Budweiser to be actual beer) The Killians gives this a really great depth of flavor. I have tried other beers such as noble pils and October fest but neither of them had the same flavor. I have made this recipe at home and also over the campfire at Yellowstone it is super easy, always tastes good and never goes to waste.

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