Big Game Day Chili


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.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
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

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder, or to taste

  • ¼ cup crumbled dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon fresh-ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or amount to taste

  • 2 ½ ounces dark chocolate candy bar


  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

544 Calories
30g Fat
37g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 544
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 2026mg 88%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 45mg 227%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1169mg 25%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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