Big Game Day Chili

Adding beer, bacon and dark chocolate to a traditional chili made with black and kidney beans, bell peppers, chipotle peppers, Italian sausage, and stew meat scores the winning touchdown for football tailgating parties and picnics. It also freezes well.


16 servings


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 head garlic, peeled and minced
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, chopped
2 pounds cubed beef stew meat
2 pounds Italian sausage meat
4 slices applewood smoked bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 (28 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (14 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 (14.5 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (7 ounce) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
2 cups beef broth
1 (12 fluid ounce) bottle dark beer
1/4 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
1/4 cup crumbled dried oregano
1 tablespoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt, or amount to taste
2 1/2 ounces dark chocolate candy bar


Heat the oil in a large deep pot over medium-high heat, and stir in the onions, garlic, and bell peppers. Cook and stir until the onions are transparent, about 5 minutes. Add the beef stew meat, sausage, and bacon. Cook until meats are evenly browned. Drain the fat.

Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, black beans, kidney beans, chipotle peppers with sauce, beef broth, beer, chili powder, oregano, pepper, salt, and chocolate. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour; 2 hours is preferred.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 544, Total Fat: 29.5 g, Cholesterol: 86 mg, Sodium: 2026 mg, Total Carbs: 36.8 g (Dietary Fiber: 10.7 g), Protein: 32.8 g

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