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Chipotle Beer Chili

This amazing chipotle beer chili is full of deep rich flavors and has the perfect amount of spice.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beer chili, chipotle, unique chili recipes
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 lbs ground beef I use grass-fed
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced and de-seeded for less heat if you perfer.
  • 5 garlic cloves pressed or grated
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of each - smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cumin
  • 2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoon dark brown sugar
  • 3 chipotle peppers + 1 tablespoon of the sauce You can find these in a can in the Mexican food section.
  • 8 oz dark beer
  • 1 14.5 oz can of fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 heaping tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 10 oz can of tomato with green chilies
  • 1 15 oz can of seasoned black beans
  • 1 15 oz can of chili beans these are seasoned to taste like chili
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • optional toppings like cilantro, shredded cheese, fresh jalapeno, green onions, sour cream.


  • In a big soup pot brown the hamburger on medium heat. Add a little salt.
  • About halfway through cooking the hamburger add in the diced onion and jalapeno. Add a sprinkle more of salt. For more heat leave in the seeds. For less heat take them out.
  • When the burger is browned grate in 5 cloves of garlic and stir well for a minute or two.
  • Add in beer and stir well then all the spices. (Chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, cumin, chocolate powder, and brown sugar.
  • Pull out 3 chipotle peppers from the can and dice them up pretty small. Stir them in along with a tablespoon of the liquid part of the peppers.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, both cans of tomatoes, and both cans of beans.
  • Stir in the chicken stock.
  • Let simmer for about 30-40 minutes. Then taste to see if any more salt is needed.
  • Serve and top with toppings of choice.


If you can't find the seasoned black beans and chili flavored beans you will need to add more salt. I use the simple truth organic brand of these beans to avoid MSG.