Sunday, March 11, 2012

Guinness Chili

Ahhhhh chili. There must be a billion versions of chili out there...each one with its pluses and minuses. I don't know what it is but I love to add a 12ox bottle of Guinness stout to my chili (and my beef stew for that matter) I feel it really adds some depth and gives the dish some character. This recipe is one of many assorted chili recipes that I make. I oftecn just 'wing it' when I make chili...throw in what I have available and see what happens.  Not quite as versatil as soup in that regard but still chili has endless possilities.
I make chili with ground meat (beef usuall but turkey or pork or a combo happens too) but on occasion I 'dress up' my chili with some grilled steak or sausage, or go really top drawer and use a filet of beef (especially in the unlikely event I have leftovers of any of these).  You can (and I do because it is my preference) make chili with all fresh ingrediants...but lets face it there are a LOT of ingredients in a good chili and on the spur of the moment it is nice to have a 'pantry' recipe that uses dry or canned ingredients that you can have on hand for when the mood strikes! So this chili is all dry/canned..but please feel free to use fresh for any ingredient..or ALL if you prefer.

Guinness Chili

2 pound ground beef - browned and drained
12 oz bottle of guinness stout
1 28 oz can crushed tomatos
1 can diced fire roasted tomatos
4 tbl dried onion
2 tbl garlic powder
1 pkg mild chili seasoning
1-3 tbl of Chili powder (to taste)
4 tea cumin
3 tea grounf coriander
2 tbl brown sugar
1 tea of zaatar (or oregano)
dash of cinnamin
1 tea cocoa (unsweetened)
1 tea cayenne (optional spice to taste!)
1 can chili beans- rinsed and drained
1 can black beans -rinsed and drained
1 can kidney beans- rinsed and drained

okay folk here is the hard part....throw it all in a crock pot...stir very well...put on lid. Turn crock pot to low and come back in 8 hours..or high and come back in 4!! 


  1. Your spices are so interesting, but the beer has to be a winner, can't wait to try

  2. I have a spice addiction LOL! I don't drink beer but I sure cook with it...A lot of it.


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