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The Best Chili Recipe

The Best Chili Recipe a.k.a. Beer Chili - My family's favorite chili recipe is loaded with hearty ingredients, deep flavor, and a little spice! This impressive stovetop chili takes less than an hour, but tastes as though it's been cooking all day.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 379kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, diced (or ground beef)
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 3 tablespoons masa (corn flour)
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, optional
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 large onion, small dice
  • 1 red pepper, small dice
  • 3/4 cup carrot, minced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes, or pureed tomatoes (28-ounce cans)
  • 2 cans pinto beans, or kidney beans (14-ounce cans) drained
  • 12 ounces mild flavored beer


  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions


  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Next add the chopped steak and sausage and cook until brown, 8-10 minutes, breaking up all the meat clumps.
  • Add the masa, chile powder, cumin and oregano. Cook another 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the salt, sugar, tomatoes, beans, and beer. Scrape the bottom to deglaze.
  • Reduce the heat and cook at least another 30 minutes, partially covered, until flavors are well combined and the chili has thickened. Stir occasionally.
  • Add a couple dashes of cayenne pepper for extra heat. Serve with favorite toppings along with tortilla chips or cornbread!


I make this beer chili recipe with half steak (diced for faster cooking) and half sausage, although you could use ground beef instead of steak to save money.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 818mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3410IU | Vitamin C: 30.9mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 4.6mg