Just the Way We Like It Chili

Total Time
2hrs 35mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 20 mins

Finally, after trying out an untold number of recipes, numerous tweakings, etc. The title says it all.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large Dutch oven or other stewpot over medium heat.
  2. Cook onions, garlic, ground beef and steak for ten minutes or until meat is well browned and the onions are tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and broth.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Add brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, oregano, cayenne, coriander, and salt.
  6. Stir again.
  7. Add two cans of beans and the chili peppers.
  8. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until steak pieces are beginning to fall apart, uncovered.
  9. This can be done in advance, or even the previous day.
  10. Before serving, stir in the remaining can of beans.
  11. Simmer for 30 minutes, and serve.
  12. Extra-nice served with cornbread, and a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheddar on top.


Most Helpful

I thought this was delicious chili. Clear, easy instructions and the chili got better and better as it simmered. We like things with zip, so I did use all four jalapenos, although I did cut down the amount of cayenne slightly (I'd rather add more to each serving later). I did not have whole cumin seeds, so I used ground cumin instead and I left out the beans, since my family doesn't care for beans in chili. All in all, a very tasty dish that would be great for a Superbowl party. Next time, I may toss everything into a crock pot after the meat has browned - I think this would adapt quite well for the crockpot.

HeatherFeather July 11, 2004

I'm sorry FlemishMinx, but there were just too many bitter notes in this. I think the combo of bitter beer, coffee and cocoa powder were too much for us. We eat a lot of chili, and although there were things about your recipe we did enjoy, I don't think we will be making it again. Being Australian, I don't think we can eat our chili as hot as you, so I cut the cayenne back to 1/2 teaspoon, and the jalepenos back to 2-perfect for us. The recipe was well written and easy to follow-just too bitter.

JustJanS June 23, 2004

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