Best No-Bean Chili


Perfect for people who love using their slow cookers. I've tried many chili recipes but this one is the best ever! You can substitute beans for the cornmeal, but I think it takes away from the taste and the smooth texture. I recommend opening a second bottle of porter beer and drink it while cooking this tasty dish! Yum!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle porter-style beer

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 1 cup beef broth

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup ketchup-style chili sauce (such as Heinz®)

  • ¼ cup chopped jalapeno peppers

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 2 pounds extra lean ground beef

  • 2 onions, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup cornmeal


  1. Pour coffee into a slow cooker and set slow cooker to High; add diced tomatoes, beer, tomato paste, beef broth, brown sugar, chili sauce, jalapeno peppers, cumin, cocoa powder, chile powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander, and salt.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir ground beef, onions, and garlic in the skillet until the beef is browned completely, 7 to 10 minutes; add to mixture in the slow cooker.

  3. Slowly pour cornmeal into the slow cooker while stirring to assure no lumps.

  4. Reduce heat to Low and cook for 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

449 Calories
18g Fat
41g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 449
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 997mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 21mg 103%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1015mg 22%

* 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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