Southwest Chipotle Beef Chili

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.

Showing partial bowl of chili in white bowl with green and gold towel beside it.

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, or 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 their 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, White Chicken Chili, Chipotle Turkey 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.

Pouring beef stock into chili mixture in large stock pot.

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 cleanup, 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.


Prep steps for making Chipotle Beef Chili.

  1. Place ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic in a large stock pot. 
  2. Brown beef and cook thoroughly.
  3. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans and corn.
  4. Sprinkle in  spices -cumin, ground chipotle, chili powder and salt.
  5. Add tomato paste and beer.
  6. Pour in beef stock then simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours. The more you cook it the thicker and more flavorful it becomes.

Closeup of bite of chili on spoon showing beans and seasoned beef in broth.

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

Homemade Tortilla Chips – are easy to make and bake up deliciously crispy. Serve hot from the oven with your favorite dip.

Taco Roll –  a fun dinner or appetizer with all your favorite taco fixins’ rolled inside flaky crescent rolls.

Southwest Chicken Casserole – a quick & easy dinner with rotisserie chicken, tomatoes with green chiles, tortilla chips and cheese.

Creamy Baked 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
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keywords: beef chili, chipotle beef and beer chili, chipotle chili, southwest chipotle chili
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 207 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1 1/2 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
  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until beef is thoroughly cooked.

  2. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Simmer, uncovered, on stove top for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve in individual bowls topped with chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

Recipe Notes

If cooking in a crockpot, brown beef, onions, peppers and garlic in a large skillet, making sure beef is cooked thoroughly.

Place in crockpot, add remaining ingredients, stir together, cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts
Chipotle Beef Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 856mg36%
Potassium 958mg27%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 9g36%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1185IU24%
Vitamin C 31.1mg38%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Southwest Chipotle Beef Chili

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