Saturday, September 13, 2014

Game Night Beer Chili

I love game nights! They are a fantastic way to get a group of people to relax, unwind and have an absolute ball of a time. My voice is still a bit hoarse from all the screaming and laughing during our last game night. Food, wine and 'Taboo' are sure shot ingredients for a smashing fun evening. 

Chili is an easy choice for game night food. It can feed a crowd and you can mix things up with a variety of toppings. Best of all, it tastes better the next day, so you can make it ahead of time for a stress free game night. 

The only thing to watch out for is the average heat tolerance of your guests, so you might need to go easy on some of the ingredients marked '*' below.

Yield : Serves 6-8

Prep Time : 15 Minutes

Cook Time : 1.5 Hours

Game Night Beer Chili
Game Night Beer Chili


2 LB (1 Kilo) Ground Beef
1 LB (0.5 Kilo) Pork Sausage
2 Onions, diced
6-7 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Bell Peppers, large dice (1 green and 1 red)
3 Cans Kidney Beans (dark red)
1 Can Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Tomato Puree
1-2 Chipotle Chilies in Adobo Sauce*
1-2 Green Chilies (Fresh)
2 Tablespoons Cumin (Ground)
2 Tablespoons Oregano (dried)
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Tablespoon Chili Powder*
1 Tablespoon Black Pepper (Ground)
16 Oz Dark Beer
2 Tablespoons Oil
Salt to taste
Cilantro, for garnish
Scallions, for garnish
Sour cream, for garnish
Lime wedges, for garnish


Remove the sausages from their casing and brown them in a skillet. Brown the beef separately and drain the fat.

In a large pot, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook for a couple of minutes till they start to turn transparent and add in the bell peppers and cook for about 4 -5 minutes.

Add the garlic and stir it in with the onions and peppers and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add in the tomato puree and stir it till it caramelizes nicely, about 3-4 minutes.

Add in the ground meat and sausages along with the chipotle chilies (minced), green chilies, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, ground black pepper and oregano. Stir it all together and cook for about 6-8 minutes till the spices are cooked and combined well.

Add the canned kidney beans along with the liquid. 

Combine and add the crushed tomatoes and cook for about 5-6 minutes.

Add the beer and salt and stir everything together and reduce over medium heat for about 30 minutes.

Serve and add your favorite toppings.

Game Night Beer Chili

Dig in and pick a game!



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