Beef and Dark Beer Chili

This week I’m sharing some recipes that would be perfect for your Super Bowl feast.   Last week Living Social invited me to check out some of their chef instructor’s favorite Super Bowl recipes like Chef Ralph Johnson’s Curried Chicken Wings with Spiced Yogurt Sauce and Chef Joe Goetze’s Oven Roasted Cracked Black Pepper Wings. They all look great but Chef Matt Finarelli’s: Beef and Dark Beer Chili was calling my name.

I knew this one would be a winner because I met Chef Matt and tasted his recipes when I was a guest at one of his Living Social DC cooking classes.  At his class we made a similar delicious Smoked Pepper and Bourbon Beef Chili.   Like that recipe, I like that you can make it ahead of time, maybe even throw it in your crockpot, and enjoy during the game.  I increased the proportions as Matt’s was scaled for two and added some toppings (chili must have cheddar cheese on top now that I’m married to a Cincy man.)DSC_0173

What to buy (serves 4-5):

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, minced
  • 1 dark beer  like an IPA, porter or stout
  • 12 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 5 ounces kidney beans – drained
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 cup  tomato sauce
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped

What to do:

  • brown the ground chuck over medium-high heat until browned and (I didn’t drain the meat as I used a very lean ground beef and didn’t have much grease but drain if you’d like) set aside
  • reduce the heat to medium and add olive oil
  • add the onions, peppers and garlic and sauté until softened – about 10 minutes
  • add the chili powder, cumin, coriander and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute
  • add beef and chipotles, and cook for 2 minutes
  • add the beer, and cook until simmering – about 2 minutes
  • add the tomatoes and beans stir to combine
  • simmer for 20 minutes to bring flavors together and reduce to desired consistency
  • season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve hot
  • garnish with green onions and shredded cheddar 
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