Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski
Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
3 Hours
13 cups

This game-day chili is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, perfect for serving for football games during chilly weather.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well.

Step 2

Combine meat mixture, beans, and next 11 ingredients in Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours or until thickened. Garnish, if desired.

Step 3

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Ratings & Reviews

"Best chili recipe I have ever made"

February 08, 2019
Love this recipe.  I use a tbsp of crushed red peppers in place of ground red pepper. Also, I only simmered for two hours with lid off and it was perfect!  Easy to freeze, as well.

Great for cold days!

February 25, 2019
The first time I made it we used ground chicken. ( I don't like ground beef) Opted out of the beer (since I'd rather drink it) But crushed tomatoes in it and used Bush's Chili beans instead of pintos. Was fantastic! We tweak it a bit different each time to keep it interesting. Serve with saltines, sour cream and shredded cheese. 

KathyinManvel's Review

April 12, 2012
Tasty, full-bodied chili. The beer really adds a special taste quality. I found it just a tad spicer than I would have liked, so next time I will decrease the overall heat slightly. This makes a wonderful winter dinner.

a15bax's Review

December 08, 2010
Easy to make & delicious. I've made this several times. I put mine in the slow cooker on low for 4 hrs. Great meal during a cold midwest winter day!

contentedgirl's Review

February 25, 2014
This is my new go to chili recipe. Only changes I made were I use 1 can of pinto beans & 1 can of chili beans and instead of all tomato sauce, I use 1 14.5 oz. can tomato sauce & 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes since I like chunks of tomato in my chili. Other than that I make it as directed. The dark beer (I use Newcastle) gives it a great flavor along with all the good spices. Delicious!

EricMann's Review

November 01, 2010
I have pleased the crowds with this easy chili recipe....and I live in TEXAS (tough crowd). Pair it with a great Jalapeno Cornbread, Sweet tea and you are ready to rock the party!

ksreineking's Review

January 08, 2012
This was really yummy. Got alot of requests for the recipe. It was flavorful and spicy without being too hot. I used Trader Joe's dark lager, both tsp of red pepper and I can of pinto beans, but the second can of beans I used were black beans.

Bluedogs's Review

November 24, 2013
Great chili. I substituted ground turkey for ground beef as I don't eat red meat - not quite the same, but good. I also added a can of Rotel tomatoes with chiles (mild) instead of the tomato sauce. The seasoning (with half the red pepper) was perfect.

krash17's Review

September 14, 2009
Our go to chili recipe! Freezes great too!

hbu93gary's Review

February 05, 2012
This is my go to chili recipe. Even little kids love this (adjust heat for them)