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Smoky Beer Chili
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4.34 from 3 votes

Smoky Beer Chili

If you like big bold flavors but not ones that burn your tongue off, I think you'll really enjoy my recipe I'm calling Smoky Beer Chili.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: chili, Main Course
Cuisine: Tex-Mex
Servings: 12
Calories: 143kcal


  • 1 pound Italian sausage browned and crumbled
  • 1 medium red onion medium diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and medium diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 cans (15, ounces) kidney beans light, dark, or both, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (12 ounces) beer
  • 1 can (4 ounces) fire roasted chiles
  • cheddar cheese shredded, optional
  • scallions chopped, optional
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt garnish, optional


  • In a large soup/stew pot over medium/high heat, cook (and crumble) the Italian sausage to a deep golden brown.
  • Add the onions, chili powder, cumin, paprika, coriander, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook together, stirring occasionally until the onions soften slightly (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the drained kidney and pinto beans. Stir.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and the beer and stir well.
  • Bring the pot of chili to a low simmer, stirring occasionally for at least a half an hour (but longer is better).
  • before serving, stir in the small can or fire roasted jalapenos and remove from heat.
  • Serve in bowls with garnishes, if desired.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.2mg