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Beef Chipotle Chili with Beer

Beef Chipotle Chili with Beer

Beefy, spicy, bold, Beef Chipotle Chili with Beer is a great easy to make chili that will keep the whole family happy and warm on a cold winter’s day.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course Soups, Stews & Chili
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 8
Calories 412 kcal


  • 2 pounds beef cut into ¼ inch cubes or coarsely ground (generally called chili grind)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive, avocado or, grapeseed oil
  • 1 ½ cups diced onion about 1 large
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic about 2 large cloves
  • 1 1-pound container Pico de Gallo
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 12-ounce bottle dark amber beer (like Negra Modelo)
  • 1 cup beef broth or as needed
  • ¼ to ½ cup good quality chili powder I used the full ½ cup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans in chili sauce, undrained
  • Optional Toppings
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Diced red onion


  • In a deep pot or Dutch oven heat the oil over medium-low heat; add the meat along with a large pinch of salt; cook, stirring to break it up until it is no longer red; add the onion and garlic, sauté together for about 3 minutes, then add the pico de gallo and cook for 3 minutes longer. Stir in the tomato paste and stir it in well; then add the beer. Allow the beer to cook until it is no longer foaming; then add enough beef stock to cover the meat by about ½ inch. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, and cumin. Lower the heat to simmer, and simmer for 2 hours. If uncovered, check often to ensure the meat remains covered, adding beef broth as needed. After 2 hours, add the beans, taste and adjust for seasonings; cook for ½ hour to 1 hour more. Serve in bowls with optional toppings if desired.
  • If cooking in a crock-pot or slow-cooker, after cooking the meat and vegetables, transfer to your crock-pot and add the balance of the ingredients, excluding the beans. Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours, add the beans and cook 1 hour longer. 
  • If you want to cook this in the oven, after all the ingredients are in the pot, place in a 325°F oven for 2 hours, add the beans, stir and cook an additional hour. 


Serving: 1gSodium: 1010mgFiber: 8gCholesterol: 68mgCalories: 412kcalPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gFat: 22gProtein: 25gCarbohydrates: 26g
Keyword chipotle chili stew, spicy chili with beer, spicy chili with chipotle
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