Oh My Goodness! It’s a Great Time for Guinness Chili.

The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to change colors and football season is in full swing. For me, nothing says, “fall” like a steaming hot bowl of hearty homemade chili. I’m a big fan of making a huge batch on a Sunday morning, having it for the game that afternoon and enjoying leftovers all week long.

Guinness ChiliMy dad has a stellar recipe that I like to use but when I came across a recipe for Guinness Chili I was too intrigued not to try it.

Turns out it makes a thick and tasty blend with just enough spice. Add a little Frank’s Red Hot on top and it’s pure chili perfection. Try it for yourself!

Guinness Chili
1½ lbs beef chuck, cut into ½-inch cubes
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground pepper
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp ancho powder
½ tsp ground cumin
1 onion, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
Bottle of Guinness
2 oz bittersweet chocolate

In a Ziploc baggie or a bowl, marinate the beef in 2 tbsp of the olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, ancho powder, and cumin. Marinate at least 4 hours.

Heat remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven. Brown the beef (with all the seasonings) and add the onion and garlic. Pour in the tomatoes and the bottle of Guinness. Bring up to a simmer and stir in the chocolate. Adjust seasonings to taste—you’ll probably need more salt and pepper and maybe some more chili powder. Simmer 2-3 hours on low heat.

**If you would like to make this in a crock-pot, just add all the ingredients to the crock-pot and simmer on low for 4-5 hours or until the meat is tender.



  • Deron September 15, 2009 @ 11:27am

    Great looking recipe, Liz! I’ll have to try it. I have 3-4 other chili recipes that take beer if you’re interested.

  • TwoBlindPigs September 15, 2009 @ 11:39am

    Good call I’m making it tonight!

    I’ll probably add a few more chillies though

  • Hannah September 15, 2009 @ 11:51am

    Yum, Lizard! I haven’t tried adding chocolate to my Guinness chili, so now it’s on!

    Deron – pass along those recipes too, please!

  • Liz September 15, 2009 @ 12:29pm

    Think Dave would go for a KegWorks sponsored chili cookoff? Mmm….

  • Hannah September 15, 2009 @ 12:33pm

    I know I would! Dave?

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