The first time I tried this chili I was floored! It has wonderful flavors, and is very spicy and very addictive. If you don't like heat, adjust the ingredients. It's perfect at a football tailgate party or picnic. If you like a roasted flavor, bake the garlic before pressing it. For the beer, a hoppy pale ale works well, as does a dark stout. I've also experimented with adding a cup of coffee to the mix to give it a roasted coffee flavor. It also freezes well.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 45 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

544 calories; protein 32.8g; carbohydrates 36.8g; fat 29.5g; cholesterol 85.9mg; sodium 2025.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2010
This took me almost an hour and a half to put together but the payoff was excellent. I made only a few small changes and that's to use what I had on hand. I added one extra bell pepper I used lean ground beef and I used only one half of a can of the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I also added at least quadruple the amount of chili powder and oregano I didn't use a whole tablespoon of black pepper (I just added it when needed like when I was browning the meat and sauteing the vegetables) and I added two heaping teaspoons of cumin. This absolutely filled my largest soup pot to the brim so I split into two large crockpots to have it cook evenly and to save on power. After an hour it's awesome. It has a serious bite to it from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce I'm really glad I asked for advice before I threw in the whole can. (And it was a small can too!) I will recommend that you puree your chipotle peppers in with some of the tomato sauce so you get an even consistancy and don't have chunks of hot. Killer chili. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/18/2011
really not impressed with this at all... cost a small fortune to make and just not as good as the old recipe with ground beef beans and canned tomatoes Read More
(5)
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2010
This took me almost an hour and a half to put together but the payoff was excellent. I made only a few small changes and that's to use what I had on hand. I added one extra bell pepper I used lean ground beef and I used only one half of a can of the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I also added at least quadruple the amount of chili powder and oregano I didn't use a whole tablespoon of black pepper (I just added it when needed like when I was browning the meat and sauteing the vegetables) and I added two heaping teaspoons of cumin. This absolutely filled my largest soup pot to the brim so I split into two large crockpots to have it cook evenly and to save on power. After an hour it's awesome. It has a serious bite to it from the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce I'm really glad I asked for advice before I threw in the whole can. (And it was a small can too!) I will recommend that you puree your chipotle peppers in with some of the tomato sauce so you get an even consistancy and don't have chunks of hot. Killer chili. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2010
Family of 7 enjoyed this meal. Didnt put cayenne pepper in and just used ground beef and bacon semi sweet chocolate chips and half a bottle of bud lite. otherwise the same.. im not much for spicy but it coulda been a lil spicier and a lil sweeter. will make this recipe much more in the future! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2011
Love this love this love this! I used Young's Double Chocolate Stout and only half of the chipotle peppers (as I was cooking for someone with chronic indigestion) and it turned out SPECTACULAR! Served with Pinot Noir and Hawaiian Sweet Bread. Rave reviews. SIDE NOTE: There are so many ingredients if you feel like unleashing your inner Emeril you get to yell "BAM!" a lot. Loads of fun... Read More
(16)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
I made this chili the other day for the Packer game! Had about 10 people over and everyone loved it! This is a fantastic recipe with all the ingredients melding together for a wonderful taste! Loved the chocolate flavor as well it really added a nice touch. I recommend this chili for any game day experience! Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2011
Great Chili the adobe gives it a very different flavor. I used 1 pound of hot Italians and 1 pound of sweet Italians. To spicy for my 10 year old. Everyone else liked it lots! Thanks for sharing. Served it with sour cream Frito scoops onions and cheddar cheese to top it off. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2008
This is a good recipe. My husband said he would like it to have more chili powder for a more "traditional" flavor. I love the meat combination. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2008
Awesome! Even 3 picky teenage boys liked it. Thanks!!! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
09/07/2011
i am making this chili as i type this (its simmering away).. all in all it seems like a good dish (i took a taste at the begining and it seemed like a good START) but it definatly needed wayyy wayyy wayyy more chili powder and definatly needed to add cumin (which wasnt in the recipe) without added it is tasted like a meat stew not chili.. plus i added a can of diced tomatoes (drained) for more texture and tomatoe flavor.. the chocolate is a great touch!! i will write another review after its finished and after i add more of my 'touchs' to it:)) but this is definatly a great STARTER dish by its self but DEFINATLY needs more ump in it and more spices!!! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2010
A delicious chili! It is soooooooo yummy! Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
02/18/2011
really not impressed with this at all... cost a small fortune to make and just not as good as the old recipe with ground beef beans and canned tomatoes Read More
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