Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This has been our family favorite since I first stumbled across it in 2005. It's originally from Southern Living, October 2000. I will sometimes brown the beef, onion and garlic in a pan, then dump all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Let simmer on low for 7-8 hours.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook first 3 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium heat, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well.
  2. Combine meat mixture, beans, and next 11 ingredients in Dutch oven (I usually start off with half the beef broth and beer, and add more as needed); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours or until thickened. Garnish, if desired.
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I also found this recipe in Southern Living's-Our Readers Top-Rated Recipes, my favorite cookbook. I had a feeling I'd find it in here as well and I'm glad I don't have to type it out! My husband and I loved this chili! He doesn't like big chunks of tomatoes in his chili so this one's perfect as it uses just tomato sauce and paste. I used Moose Drool Brown Ale, which gave it a really nice earthy taste. East to adjust the spices to your own heat level. This is my new go-to chili recipe. Thanks for posting it ScrappieDoo :)

Hey Jude November 09, 2011

Wonderful chili!! I cut the recipe in half, used ground turkey and a German Lager and added a can of northern beans. It's delicious! Went into the freezer for the future. Made for Newest Zaar Tag Game 2010.

nemokitty July 06, 2010