Guinness and Black Bean Chili Con Carne

Guinness and Black Bean Chili Con Carne Recipe - SavvyMom

Beer’s not just for drinking you know… and the Irish have known for years the power of Guinness. And a can of the famous stout (or other dark beer) adds a richness to this classic Chili con Carne recipe that you won’t find with your average, everyday bouillon.


Serves 4 to 6

Guinness & Black Bean Chili Con Carne

You’ll Need

  • 1 vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp each sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 4 tbsp malt vinegar
  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 14oz cans of diced plum tomatoes
  • 1 19 oz can black beans
  • 1 can Guinness stout or other dark beer
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • Steamed basmati rice (for serving)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated aged cheddar
  • sliced green onions

Prep and Cook

  • Heat olive oil in a large heavy saucepan or casserole dish.
    Add onion and sauté until softened.
    Add cumin, oregano, sea salt, and pepper and stir for 1 to 2 minutes.
    Add ground beef and break apart with wooden spoon.
    Continue to cook until beef is browned all over.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together malt vinegar, paprika, and chili powder to make a paste.
    Stir into beef until well combined, about 1 minute.
    Stir in tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beans, and can of guinness.
    Add mushrooms if using and bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat to medium low and allow chili to simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring often.
    Add more beer or water if necessary.
  • Spoon rice into the bottom of bowls, top with chili and serve with dollops of sour cream and lots of grated cheddar and sliced green onions.


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