This Chipotle Beef Chili is a classic American chili with a Southwest twist. Ground chipotle and black beans are added to a delicious beef chili which is taken up a notch with the addition of beer. Makes a hearty wholesome dinner or topping for your favorite hot dogs for the big game.
Chili con carne, or as we commonly know it as simply "chili", has been a staple recipe in the United States for years. I can remember seeing old TV shows where cowboys were eating bowlfuls of chili while sitting around a campfire.
Now it seems like every family has their own special chili recipe, their favorite restaurant version, or maybe a state fair winner, that they love. And, I think it's fair to say, that every household has its own particular take on what makes chili, chili.
What makes chili, chili?
Some people would be offended if, say, beans were added to chili, although the definition clearly states it is a spicy stew with beans, tomatoes, beef, and chili peppers.
Now, that might be traditional, but you'll find all sorts of chilis on the scene now, like this Chipotle Beef Chili, Crockpot White Chicken Chili with Taco Seasoning, Spicy Turkey Chili, Taco Chili, paleo versions as well as vegan versions. And I think there's a place on our dinner menus for every single one of them.
Today's version of chili is taking the classic American chili to the Southwest with the addition of a smoky hint of chipotle peppers, a can of black beans and corn. Southwest flavors always have a distinctive heat from south of the border and combine corn, beans and earthy spices to bring out the most flavor.
I also took it up another notch with the addition of beer. 'Cause what's chili without beer, right?! You'll find it easy to make, hearty, and definitely out of this world delicious.
An easy chili made in just one pot!
One of the best parts of this chipotle beef chili dinner is that's it made all in one pot. Easy to make and easy to clean up, just the kind of dinners I like! You can also make this chili in a crockpot, starting it in the morning, so heavenly aromas and dinner await you when you get home. Find the instructions for this in the note section below.
- Place ground beef, onion, green pepper, and garlic in a large stockpot.
- Brown beef and cook thoroughly.
- Add the tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, and corn.
- Sprinkle in spices - cumin, ground chipotle, chili powder, and salt.
- Add tomato paste and beer.
- Pour in beef stock then simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours. The more you cook it the thicker and more flavorful it becomes.
Time to try a bite. Just looks at all those beans and beef covered with a rich chipotle flavored tomato sauce. I'm licking my lips just looking at it. I serve my chipotle beef chili topped with chopped onions and cheddar cheese alongside some warm fresh bread. 'Cause you'll want to sop up every last bit of the awesome sauce! Enjoy!
More Southwest/Mexican recipes
Spiced Tortilla Chips - are easy to make and bake up deliciously crispy. Serve hot from the oven with your favorite dip.
Bundt Taco Ring - a fun dinner or appetizer with all your favorite taco fixins' rolled inside flaky crescent rolls.
Southwest Chicken Casserole with Tortilla Chips - a quick & easy dinner with rotisserie chicken, tomatoes with green chiles, and cheese.
Creamy Chicken Taquitos - are little tortillas filled with cream cheese, chicken, spices, and cheese then baked til crispy for a delicious appetizer or dinner.
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Chipotle Beef Chili
- 1 ½ to 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 green bell pepper chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 32 oz can diced tomatoes
- 15 oz can kidney beans drained & rinsed
- 15 oz can black beans drained & rinsed
- 15 oz can corn kernels drained
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2-3 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle (optional)
- salt to taste
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 cup beef stock
- 12 oz beer
- Garnish: chopped onions, shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large pot, brown ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until beef is thoroughly cooked.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Simmer, uncovered, on stove top for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Serve in individual bowls topped with chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese.
This post has been updated and was first published on January 28, 2018.