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Smoky Beef and Poblano Chili

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Amy Stone

Active time 40 mins
Total time 1 hr, 25 mins

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups chili)

Cook the beef in batches to ensure quick, even browning. No need to chop or blend the tomatoes; simply squeeze them right over the pan to gently break them apart. Complete the meal with a baby kale, red cabbage, and radish salad dressed with fresh lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.


  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 pounds 93% lean ground beef, divided
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onion (about 2 large)
  • 3 cups seeded, chopped poblano peppers (about 3)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted tomato paste
  • 1 (12-oz.) bottle Mexican lager
  • 4 cups unsalted beef stock, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 (28-oz.) cans whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained and crushed
  • 1 cup diced ripe avocado
  • 2 tablespoons sliced red Fresno chile (optional)
  • Cilantro sprigs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 395
  • fat 16.6 g
  • satfat 5.3 g
  • monofat 8.1 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 37 g
  • carbohydrate 24 g
  • fiber 7 g
  • cholesterol 95 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 524 mg
  • calcium 106 mg
  • sugars 4 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 1/4 pounds beef to pan; cook 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place cooked beef in a bowl. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining 1 1/4 pounds beef.

  2. Add onion, poblano pepper, and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Return beef to pan. Stir in chili powder, chipotle chile powder, and cumin; cook 1 minute. Add tomato paste and beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; cook 2 minutes. Add 3 1/2 cups beef stock to pan; bring to a boil.

  3. Combine remaining 1/2 cup beef stock and flour in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir in oregano, salt, and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Reserve 7 cups chili for Chili Potpie with Cheddar Biscuits and Chili Stroganoff.

  4. Divide remaining 6 cups chili among 4 bowls; top evenly with diced avocado, sliced fresh chiles, if desired, and cilantro sprigs.