Super Awesome Chili

So, I’ve thought long and hard about whether or not to add “other” food to Chasin’ Cakes. I mean, there’s more to life than just desserts right? Right?

Well anyways, the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back” was chili. Not just any chili, but this chili. It’s perhaps one of the most soul warming soup dishes I’ve ever made. And I had to share it with you!
Here’s what you need:
Vegetable oil, minced garlic, 2 medium onions, 1 lb. ground beef, 1 lb. cubed sirloin, 1 bottle of dark beer, 1 cup of strong coffee, beef broth, brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder, cumin, italian seasoning, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, chipotle peppers in adobo, salt, pepper
Heat 2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil in a large soup pot.
Chop up 2 medium onions.
Add the ground beef, cubed sirloin, chopped onions, and 3 cloves of minced garlic to the heated oil. Cook for about 10 minutes until the meat is browned.

When the meat is browned add one 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes, juice and all.

Then pour in your 1 bottle of dark beer. I used Guinness, but by all means, use what you like.

Then pour in one cup of really strong coffee. Exciting stuff.

Add in two small cans of tomato paste.

And 14 oz. of beef broth.

Now we’re going to add in all of our spices: 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 3 1/2 Tbsp. of chili powder, 1 Tbsp. cumin, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder, 1 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1 tsp. salt. Add it all in.
Now we’re going to add in the secret weapon. Chipotle chilies.
Chop up two and add them in. Attractive looking aren’t they?
Now add in two of the 4 cans of kidney beans. Simmer for an hour and half.
When an hour and half has gone by, add in the other two cans of kidney beans. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Trust me….it’s all worth the wait.
When it done, serve with a nice dollop of sour cream and enjoy!!
~ Megan


  1. >Looks fantastic! I've made many a Mexican chili recipe, but never added coffee! I will definitely have to try this one! 🙂

  2. >Thanks Amy! Honestly, you can't even taste the coffee when it's all said and done, but it gives it this wonderful rich dark taste! If you try it, let me know how you like it!

  3. >I love how you've updated your blog banner for fall – is that Steve's work? looks good!

  4. >Looks great, and totally doable 🙂

  5. >Amazing instructions! Love the recipe, and the accompanying photos. I am now following your blog. Really love it!

  6. >Linnea – Thanks!! yeah, all the credit goes to Steve for the artwork. He's been having so much fun making little caricatures of our lives! lol!

  7. >Elisabeth – Thanks for your comment and the follow! It's always so exciting when someone new likes your work!!

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