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 an 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.
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 Guinness Beef 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.
While I don’t drink Guinness beer because it’s too heavy for me, 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 beer in the chili, you really wouldn’t know it.
So why use it? The Guinness 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 tone 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. 🙂
Guinness Beef 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
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 lb. 82% lean grass-fed ground beef
- 11.2 ounces Guinness Draught beer
- 28 ounces fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- 15 ounces fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 15 ounces kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 15 ounces 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!
- I always use lean grass-fed ground beef, which results in less fat. If you prefer ground beef that isn't lean, you may want to degrease the pan before adding the remaining ingredients once the meat has cooked.
- The chili can be made in advance and stored in the fridge, and is also freezer friendly!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
36 Comments on “Guinness Beef Chili”
Oh how I wish I could use sour cream on mine, that looks awesome! By the way, I am cooking with curls, not curls in the kitchen 🙂 Happy St. Paddy’s Day!!!
Lisa, I’m so sorry I mistyped your blog name. I fixed it! I’m so glad you brought that to my attention. I just love this chili! Happy St. Patty’s Day to you too!
I love it too, in fact I am making it right now! After seeing your photos last night it made me hungry for it again 🙂
It’s perfect for St. Patty’s Day! I’ve eaten a bowl a day for four days now!
Mmmm this chili sounds fantastic! We have one bottle left of Guinness right now : ) I like the addition of the brown sugar too!
Chili is by far my favorite meal to have in the winter…it’s just so warm and comforting! I love that you turned this into a 30 minute meal, Marcie! I usually make a slow cooker version (and without the guinness) so I am hooked on this easy recipe. Just what I want for dinner tonight! And definitely perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, too!
I could really eat chili (or soup) every single day, and it sounds like you’re with me. Thanks Gayle!
March is basically an excuse to put Guinness in everything, right? Love love love this quick chili. It’ still Winter around these parts, so I’m definitely going to make this before the weather warms up!
I agree with you on the Guinness — absolutely! Thanks, Liz!
I am glad you updated the look and brought it back from the archives!! Love that it is filled with warm spiced.
I’ve never added beer to my chili before — I’ve always been a little nervous because I don’t like beer! I think my husband would LOVE this though!
The Guinness really is a background flavor — you’d never know it was in there if I didn’t tell you! 🙂 Thanks Ashley!
Yaaahhhhhsss! Gimme all the guinness! And even better if it’s all up in some chili!!! This looks so cozy and absolutely delicious, Marcie! Perfect for St. Patty’s… with a side of more guinness and a slice or 3 of corned beef. I’m fat, so I’ll just take it all. 😉 Cheers, girl!
You’re cracking me up over here! I’d eat a side of corned beef with this chili too because I have to have that on St. Patty’s Day! lol Thanks Cheyanne, and have a great weekend!
So glad you are sharing this chili again! It looks SO flavorful and I can just imagine how much depth the Guinness adds. It’s cold here again today and I am definitely craving a bowl of this yumminess now!
The Guinness really adds a lot of flavor! Thanks Kelly and I wish I could send you a bowl!
I started drinking guiness when I first started nursing and was surprised at how much I actually liked it! And you know I love chili so this is perfect!!
You would certainly love it in chili Izzy! 🙂
Oh wow! Love the sound of this chili. This chili looks so yummy and comfy. Love the fact that you added Guinness to this chili. Glad that you shared it again. Have a wonderful weekend, Marcie.
Thanks Anu and hope you had a great weekend!
This chili looks so hearty and comforting! I’ve never cooked with Guinness but I think I need to try! 🙂
Thanks Kristine! The Guinness adds such a rich flavor — it’s worth having some just to cook with in my opinion!
My husband’s favorite beer is Guinness…this would be a chili that he would especially enjoy.
It sounds right up his alley Karen!
That’s such a fun recipe, Marcie! I love how the Guinness gives it a richer taste. I’ll have to try that sometime!
Thanks Nora! I’m hooked on the flavor that the Guinness adds!
I’ve never cooked with Guiness either, but this chili sounds amazing so I’m pretty sure I need to try!
I hope you do Stacey!
Thank you Jan, and I hope you get to try the chili!
This was delicious! I had to make a few subs, namely tomato paste with water for some of the tomato additions as well as fresh chopped tomatoes. I also reconstituted a guajillo chili and blended it to add: I love deep chili flavor. I added more garlic, too. My family loved it! You are right about the Guinness making the beef beefier!
Hi Theresa! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the chili, and your customizations sound great. Thanks so much for the feedback! 🙂
A few days late for St. Patrick’s but I made this today and really enjoyed it. Followed the recipe exactly and it is delicious. Probably will be even better tomorrow! Thanks!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it Anne! I have leftover Guinness and plan to make it again soon. 🙂
Your Guinnes beer chilly sounds yummy. I will make it this year and let you know the verdict (visitors).
thank you for all your excellent recipes. Just love them.
Thanks so much Gisela..I’m glad you enjoy the recipes. And I hope you love the chili!