Jim Kaczmarek's Chili


This recipe will feed a crowd! Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, salsa, and chopped onion.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 55 mins
12 servings


  • 3 pounds beef chuck

  • 2 ½ cups chopped onions

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

  • 5 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons beef bouillon granules

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained


  1. Place meat in freezer until slightly frozen. Cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch cubes.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown meat until it turns gray. Stir in onions and garlic. Cook until onions are tender, about 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Cut up canned tomatoes, reserving juice; combine in a 6 quart cooking pot with tomato sauce, beer, chili powder, oregano, paprika, cumin, brown sugar, beef base, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Bring to a slow boil over high heat. Add meat mixture, and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours.

  4. Mix in pinto beans. Simmer for 1/2 hour longer. Taste, and adjust seasonings if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
22g Fat
23g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 81mg 27%
Sodium 1618mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 864mg 18%

* 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.