Beer Cheese Chili

Oh goodness, goodness, goodness…this was delish!
I’m always up for making chili on chilly nights.  I mean…is there really anything more comforting than a big bowl of chili, comfy clothes, fuzzy socks and staying inside?  I think not.
Tonight’s chili is especially delish because I made it a beer cheese version
You need to try this!  If you’re not a beer person, you can omit it and use beef stock instead, but if you are a beer person (or at least don’t mind cooking with beer), you just need one bottle.  The depth of flavor that a little beer gives this chili is just so good!  And no worries, the alcohol burns off and this is totally a family friendly supper.  PLUS, it’s a one pot supper too!  That makes clean up a breeze!
This recipe serves about four.
Shopping List
one pound of ground beef
1 red onion, chopped (reserve a little for garnish later)
1 jalapeno, chopped (remove the seeds for less heat)
3 tablespoons chili powder
about 6 oz of your favorite beer (I used half a bottle of a Boston Lager)
1 (15 oz) can of chili beans, do not drain
1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
salt and pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
Shredded cheddar cheese to garnish
In a large pot over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef in a drizzle of EVOO.  Once browned and crumbly, add in your chopped red onion (reserving just a little), jalapeno, chili powder and a big pinch of both salt and pepper.  Saute onion mixture until tender (about five minutes).  Next, slowly pour your beer into the beef mixture and de-glaze your pan (scrape the little bits off the bottom as you stir).  Allow beer to simmer with the beef mixture about a minute or so.  Then, stir in your beans, diced tomatoes and tomato paste.  Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes.  When you’re ready to serve, ladle chili into bowls and garnish with chopped red onion and shredded cheddar.
That’s it!  Such a simple weeknight supper!  Plus, this recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd!
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  • Narci January 19, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Yum! This is perfect for a cold night!! Looks delish!! šŸ™‚

  • Linsley Schneider January 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    this looks AMAZING! We are having chili for dinner tonight, so I might have to try this version! Happy Tuesday, Shay!

  • BrittanyMG January 19, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    My husband would love this, going to make it soon!

    PS. Mix and Match Mama meal planner is set to arrive at my house on Friday, exciting!

  • Corinne January 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    I'm not a chili eater (I don't like beans!), but my three year old has been asking for soup with beans in it. (Weird, right?) So, I was planning to make chili this weekend for her and my husband. This will be perfect. Do you think it would be OK with ground turkey instead of ground beef?

  • Unknown January 19, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I modified this just a tiny bit for my crockpot and it smells soooooo good! Can't wait for dinner, thanks for this recipe!

  • Yesi @ Plan With Yesii January 19, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    My boyfriend Chaz and I love Chili!! You have no idea how excited he is going to be when I tell him I have a yummy Chili Recipe!!!! <3

  • Elizabeth Wayne January 20, 2016 at 12:35 am

    As a recent college grad with not much cooking experience, this recipe was great! Made it tonight for dinner and it was super easy and tasted delicious! šŸ™‚

  • Christina January 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    This sounds so delicious! I'm planning on making this tomorrow evening. Do you think it would do alright in the slow cooker? Should I follow your slow cooker instructions for your Sweet Corn Chili (yum!)?

    • Mix and Match Mama January 21, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      The beer will be very concentrated in the slow cooker and won't burn off. I would either stick to stove top or sub with beef stock. Enjoy!!

  • Amber Grossenbach January 21, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I made this last night for dinner and my husband and I both loved it! It's like it was made for the cold Wisconsin winter we're having!

  • Carrie January 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Just made this tonight, DELICIOUS!


  • Emily Smith March 9, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I made this just now….so tasty! Thanks Shay!