Real-deal chili


  • Prep Time20 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes4 servings with leftovers
*PLUS Cooking time: 240 minutes


  • 2 jalapenos

  • 2 large onions

  • 5 garlic cloves, halved

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 canned chipotles in adobo sauce, optional

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp dried oregano leaves

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 750-g stewing beef

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 green bell pepper

  • 355-mL can or bottle beer

  • 796-mL can diced tomatoes, including juice

  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar

  • 1/2 cup chevre, optional


  • Seed and coarsely chop jalapeños. Coarsely chop 1 onion. Place along with garlic in a food processor. Add coriander, chipotles, if using, and seasonings. Pulse to form a paste.

  • Cut meat into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes. Heat oil in a large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add half of meat. Cook until browned, turning often, from 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to a large bowl. Repeat with remaining meat. Meanwhile, coarsely chop remaining onion. Cut pepper into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces.

  • Return first batch of meat to pan along with any juices. Reduce heat to low. Stir in onion and pepper. Stir often 3 minutes. Pour in beer. Using a wooden spoon, scrape brown bits from bottom of pan. Stir in tomatoes, juice and jalapeño paste.

  • Cover saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender, from 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Add salt, if needed. Set aside 2 cups (500 mL) chili. Spoon remaining chili into bowls. Top with cheddar and chèvre, if using. Set out bowls of sour cream, chopped green onions, coriander and avocado for garnish. Pour remaining chili into a large freezer bag, seal and refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 2 months. Use for tacos.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 369, Protein 29.3g, Carbohydrates 13.3g, Fat 20.1g, Fibre 1.1g, Sodium 731mg.

This is the authentic deal--no beans or fillers to temper the heat of chilies.

Tomorrow's meal

Heat chili with a can of drained black beans or kidney beans. Spoon into taco shells or tortillas. Top with salsa, sour cream and grated cheddar.