Thursday, December 9, 2010

Do You Dutch Oven? - Revisiting Beer Chili

Sometimes a recipe is just so have to try it again and again.  One of my all time favorites is hands down....Beer Chili....not just any beer chili mind you...but Dutch Oven Beer Chili.

I make this dish year round and could honestly eat it once a week.  For those of you that may not have seen it...or need a refresher now that winter is officially here, the recipe is as follows.


1 Dutch Oven 10-12"

1 - small bag of charcoal (You will need about 20-30 briquettes to cook your chili)

2 lbs ground beef (Many people cook with 1 lb but I made enough for a big group)

1 - packet of chili seasoning (I used Rays Original Chili seasoning here.)

1 - 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 - 15oz. can of Great Northern beans (or other bean of choice)

1 - 15oz. can of Red Kidney beans (or other bean of choice)

1 - 12 oz. bottle or can of your favorite beer


Start the charcoal when the meat is 3/4 done so that it will be ready when you have your ingredients together.

Starting in your kitchen, brown and drain your hamburger meat and place in bottom of the Dutch Oven. (10 - 15 minutes)

Add hamburger meat, seasoning,beans, diced tomatoes and sauce

Pour over top of the ingredients the 12 oz. can or bottle of your favorite beer. (For those that may be concerned any / all alcohol evaporate during the cooking. Adding the beer gives it a very good flavor that you will enjoy.)

Cover your Dutch Oven and let simmer for 1.5 - 2 hours.

You will want to place all of your charcoal for the chili on the bottom of the pan so you can have maximum heat to simmer the chili.  Unlike cakes, pies, breads, etc. there is no need to brown anything on top.  You will want to keep the dish closed so that the heat can build, stirring often to get all those wonderful flavors mixed right in.  I usually make my chili seasoning from scratch but this one was very good if a little spicy for the kids. 

And there you have it!  One of my absolute favorite dishes year round.  This batch easily fed about 6 adults and the ingredients can be doubled without a problem for larger groups.  Enjoy!

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a moderate life said...

Jay-man! This is amazing stuff! I really enjoy chili no matter what day of the week it is or what time of the year, but this time of year is stupendous for it! Always love the dutch oven stuff too! Durn it, now I am hungry for chili! All the best! alex

Scratch.Love said...

Yummy! I just love slow cookers and dutch ovens. And you did it on charcoal and everyhing! Very cool.