Warm Up Winter With Your Best Beer Chili

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When beer and chili go so perfectly together in wintertime, it's only natural to combine the two into one amazing recipe.

How to Make Beer Chili

Beer chili is truly a winter essential, and it's an easy dish that anyone can make. Play around with a standard beer chili recipe to create your own masterpiece. You can make it spicy or mild, stuff it with meat or create a vegetarian-safe dish. And the best part is, you can use your favorite craft beer to give it the flavor you want.

Whether you're using ground beef, ground turkey or a meat substitute, cook this first and set it aside to drain while you prepare the rest of the meal. Dice up a red onion and green pepper. Add a red pepper for more heat if you like. And if you really like heat, slice up some whole jalapenos to throw in your chili pot as well. Diced tomatoes, garlic cloves and corn can be added for more flavor. Include at least two cans of your favorite beans, and put it all together in a large pot along with your meat. Add spices like chili powder, cumin, oregano and salt and pepper to taste. 

Perfecting Your Recipe

Once the chili is assembled in the pot, pour in a bottle (or maybe two, depending on how thick the mix is and how much beer flavor you want) of your favorite craft beer. Dark beers and brown ales work well when you want to create a bold, rich flavor. Cook chili on a medium heat for several hours to allow all the flavors to marinate.

Avoid the meat altogether or use a meat substitute to create vegetarian beer chili. Or, go for a super meaty beer chili. Instead of ground beef, use diced steak to make your hearty meal.

What’s Your Secret?

Do you have a secret chili ingredient that always puts your recipe over the top? Share it when you share this story on Facebook -- or choose to keep the secret all to yourself!

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