Cowboy Chili

Cowboy Chili

Mouth-watering chili with ground beef, pork and beans, corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, beef broth and beer plus lots of spices including two types of chile powder, paprika, cumin and Worcestershire. The chili is slow-cooked giving it a rich flavor and making it thick and hearty. The liquid cooks off leaving behind a ton of concentrated flavor.

When I was a kid I painstakingly picked every single bean and piece of vegetable out of my chili so all I was left with was meat. Never mind that it took half the night, there was no way on Earth I was going to eat them. I was one picky eater. I now know the depth of flavor all those onions, peppers and garlic were giving the chili and they rank up there as my most used and most loved vegetables.

The beer is entirely optional and you can use your favorite type of pork and beans or baked beans. If you don’t have a favorite look for one without high fructose corn syrup.

Cowboy Beef and Bean Chili

Cowboy Chili

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

Cowboy Chili

A mouth-watering, slow-cooked beef and bean chili, thick and hearty with a ton of rich flavor.


3 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
4 cloves garlic, minced
coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 + 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground beef
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
1 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 (15-ounce) cans pork and beans or baked beans
1 cup corn
3 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 can (14 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, well-drained
1 12-ounce bottle lager-style beer, optional
for serving:
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
pickled jalapenos
sour cream or crema


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat. Add onion, peppers and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, 7 -8 minutes.
  2. Remove the vegetables to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook until browned and no longer pink, breaking it apart as it cooks. Drain off any excess grease.
  4. Add the vegetables back in and stir in the worcestershire and all of the spices including the salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the beans, corn, broth, tomatoes and beer, if using, bring to a simmer and cook 45 minutes to 1 hour, partially covered, until most of the liquid is reduced. As the liquid cooks off you may have to lower the temperature to prevent if from sticking. Stir often and taste, adding more salt and pepper or seasonings if needed.
  6. Serve with shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, sour cream and tortilla chips for scooping.


Adapted from Eating Well

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  1. says

    This sounds and looks seriously good. I’m not a fan of beer but after cooking do you get any beer flavor in this?

  2. says

    I used to pick all of the beans out of my chili when I was little, too. Now I could just eat all the beans and be happy! Funny how things change:-). I love the idea of the pork and beans in your chili and I am always a fan of the flavor that a good beer brings, too. This sounds really good and it is definintely chili season!

  3. says

    This sounds so flavorful and it looks amazing Reeni! I love the ancho chile powder and beer in here. Will be putting this on my to-make list. Pinning! :) Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend.

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