Homemade Beer Chili
Who doesn’t love a hot and hearty bowl of chili on a cold
day? Hell, I eat this in the middle of summer too, who am I kidding?
If you are a chili lover, you need to try this recipe. You can adjust the
seasoning blend to your own taste. In this recipe I used some sundried hot
chili powder, that my neighbor bought from the Spice House. It adds a mellow smoky
flavor, but not too much. Good stuff.
1 lb of *lean ground beef
1 stalk celery
1 small sweet onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs vegetable oil
1 4oz can green chilies (sweet or hot which ever you like)
1 15 oz can of black beans
1 28 oz can of whole tomatoes (With the tomatoes pulled apart into smaller pieces)
2 Ears of sweet corn (With the corn cut off the cob or ½ – ¾ cup frozen or canned corn)
1 bottle of dark beer or ale
2 tbs chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sundried hot chili powder (optional)
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tbs sweet paprika
1 tsp oregano
Pour oil into a pot and heat to medium.
Add onions and celery and sauté for about 5 or 6 minutes.
Add the can of green chilies and the pressed garlic and continue to saute for another 3 minutes.
Put that mixture in a bowl to the side and add ground beef to the pot.
Brown the meat and drain the grease.
Add the veggie mixture back into the pot, along with the tomatoes, beans, beer and spice mix.
Stir till blended and simmer for about 1 – 2 hours.
About 20 minutes before serving, add the corn into the pot.
Taste and adjust seasonings.
The longer it simmers, the more liquid will cook out and the richer and thicker it will be.
Ladle into a bowl and top with:
Sour cream (optional)
Chopped Green Onions (optional)
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Serve with cornbread or garlic bread.
* You can also try this with 1lb of lean ground turkey or pork!