Guinness Beef Chili
Guinness Beef Chili is a hearty flavorful chili with plenty of spice and Guinness beer! It’s made in 30 minutes for a quick and easy St. Patrick’s Day dinner!
This Guinness Beef Chili recipe was originally posted in March 2013, and was in need of a facelift. I updated the photos and recipe, and made it a 30 minute meal to boot. I thought this would be the perfect meal for 30 Minute Thursday this month being that St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner.
What’s more St. Patrick’s Day than Guinness? Corned beef, I guess. If you have a hankering for that, check out my Guinness Corned Beef Sliders. If you don’t like corned beef, then this chili is the recipe for you!
This recipe was inspired by my friend Lisa’s Guinness Chili 4 years ago. I’d never cooked with Guinness before at that time, and I was intrigued. I don’t drink it because it’s too heavy for me, but I imagined that adding a full-bodied, flavorful beer to chili couldn’t be a bad thing.
Obviously it wasn’t.
The funny thing is, if I didn’t tell you there was Guinness in the chili, you really wouldn’t know it. So why use it? It adds body to the chili and gives it an incredible background flavor. It makes the beef taste meatier, and really enhances the flavor of the tomatoes.
I added plenty of warm spices to my chili, along with a little maple syrup to tame down the acidity from the beer and tomatoes.
This Guinness Beef Chili is so hearty, and is a great 30 minute meal for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also a great way to use up leftover Guinness if you happen to have some. Or maybe you just buy it to cook with it like I do. 🙂
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Nutritional information does not include the optional toppings for the chili.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 lb. 82% lean grass-fed ground beef
- 11.2 ounce bottle of Guinness Draught beer
- 28 ounce can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- 15 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- (1) 15 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- (1) 15 ounce can white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream and chopped green onion, for serving (optional)
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onions and saute 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and spices and cook 30 seconds. Add the ground beef, breaking it up into small chunks and stir until it's coated with the spice mixture. Cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
- Add the Guinness, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, beans, and maple syrup, along with some salt and pepper, to taste, and stir until combined. Simmer for about 15 minutes longer.
- Remove from heat and add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with the Greek yogurt and green onion, or your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
The chili can be made in advance and stored in the fridge, and is also freezer friendly!
Recipe by Flavor the Moments as inspired by Cooking with Curls' Guinness Chili.