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Cooking with Beer: Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili

Posted by at 12:39 am | Category: Beer/Food Pairings & Recipes 1

Beef and Bacon Anchor Steam Chili

Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili featuring Anchor Steam Beer.
Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson

What could possibly be better than beer and bacon? Our friends at Sunset recently came up with this recipe for hearty Beef-and-Bacon Chili featuring our own Anchor Steam Beer and we couldn’t resist sharing. Not only is this crowd-pleaser incredibly easy to make, but it tastes even better the next day!
Smoky Beef-and-Bacon Chili
Yield: 6 servings
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet smoked Spanish paprika (pimentón dulce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • About 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed fire-roasted tomatoes or regular crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup flavorful, medium-bodied beer, such as Anchor Steam
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) pinto beans, drained
  • Sour cream, sliced green onions, and/or coarsely shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Step 1

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, cook bacon, stirring until it just begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Add onion, lower heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 4 to 7 minutes. Uncover pan, stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute.

Step 2

Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef; break it up with a wooden spoon and stir gently until it loses its raw color, 7 minutes. Stir in spices and 1 tsp. salt and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, beer, and Worcestershire and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover partially, and cook 30 minutes.

Step 3

Add beans and cook 10 minutes, uncovered. Season to taste with salt. Serve warm, with toppings on the side.


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Readers Comments (1)

This just looks ridiculously delicious!! I am definitely going to try this with one of our Table Pleaser Belgium ale!! Thank you for the recipe!!

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