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!

Guinness Beef Chili in a bowl with sour cream and scallions on top

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!

Guinness Beef Chili in a bowl with sour cream and scallions on top

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. 🙂

Guinness Beef Chili in a bowl with sour cream and scallions on top

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. 🙂

Bowl of Guinness chili with spoon


Yield: 8 servings

Guinness Beef Chili

Guinness Beef Chili in a bowl with sour cream and scallions on top

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!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 529mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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