Beef and Dark Beer Chili

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and dark beer chili, beef chili recipe, dark beer chili recipe
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 561 kcal

This Beef and Dark Beer Chili is perfect for serving to a large crowd.



  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 5 pounds ground beef (5 to 7% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds onions, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds red bell peppers, seeded & cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow bell peppers, seeded & cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 large jalapeno chiles (remove seeds & chop finely)
  • 7 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 packed teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes with puree
  • 2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 12-ounce bottle dark beer (such as stout)
  • sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped green onions (for garnish)


  1. Toast the cumin and coriander in a skillet over medium heat until darker and beginning to smoke, about 4 minutes. Cool.

  2. Sauté the beef in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat until no longer pink, breaking up with spoon, about 8 minutes.

  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, all bell peppers, and jalapeños. Sauté until the vegetables begin to soften, about 15 minutes. Add the mixture to the pot with the meat. Mix in the toasted spices, chili powder, and chipotle chiles. Add the crushed tomatoes, beans and beer. Bring the chili to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring often. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Ladle the chili into bowls. Serve with sour cream, green onions and cheese.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Beef and Dark Beer Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 561 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 456mg 19%
Potassium 1266mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 11g
Protein 33g 66%
Vitamin A 57.6%
Vitamin C 193%
Calcium 12.6%
Iron 37.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.