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Stout Beer Chili Recipe

Stout Beer Chili - rich and hearty with a touch of sweetness. 

Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 307 kcal
Author Holly Sander


For The Chili:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onions chopped (2 medium onions)
  • teaspoons salt and pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 28-ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 18 ounces stout beer (about 1 1/2 bottles)
  • 1-2 tablespoons molasses (depending on your preferred sweetness)

For Serving:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sliced scallions
  • Sour cream
  • Cilantro
  • Fresh or jarred jalpenos


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot.  Add the onions and season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.  Cook on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 6 minutes.

  2. Stir in the garlic and oregano and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander, and cayenne, and stir for about 1 minute. 

  4. Add the ground beef and another ½ teaspoon salt & pepper.  Break the meat into small pieces with a spatula, and cook for 8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

  5. Stir in the kidney beans, diced tomatoes and the tomato paste, and bring to a simmer. Mix in the stout beer, molasses, and final 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper and return to a simmer.  

  6. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, cilantro, sour cream and jalapenos.

Recipe Notes

The flavors continue to develop as the chili sits, so you can make it a day or two in advance.