Wazzu Tailgate Chili


This is a great and simple cornmeal chili, full of flavor and plenty of spice. It's best when refrigerated overnight and reheated before the game. One tip: season meat heavily with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper while browning.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 55 mins


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped, divided

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 habanero peppers, seeded and minced

  • 2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion

  • 3 (15 ounce) cans chili beans

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle lager-style beer

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Cook ground beef and pork in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease.

  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in 3/4 of the onion plus the green pepper, habanero pepper, jalapeño pepper, and garlic. Cook and stir until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir drained meat into onion mixture along with green onion, chili beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, beer, and water. Sprinkle with cornmeal, then season with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate overnight.

  5. Reheat the chili over medium heat until it begins to simmer again. Top individual servings of chili with cheese and remaining chopped onion.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

529 Calories
25g Fat
46g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 529
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 43%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 2182mg 95%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 12g 41%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 35mg 173%
Calcium 220mg 17%
Iron 7mg 39%
Potassium 1412mg 30%

* 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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