Chili…Inside & Out

For my baby boy – not the dogs who I call baby boy, but the real one. He loves chili and so do I. Plus it's just spicy stew so it takes little effort from me. This one is based on a recipe from the mom of my oldest friend. She's from Brazil although I don't think that's why she adds a bottle of beer. I think she just likes beer.


1 lb ground beef or small cubes of beef

1 can or jar of beans, your choice, rinsed. I used cannelini.

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

Bottle of lager

2 tablespoons red chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon cornmeal

1/2 tablespoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Bay leaf

Salt & pepper

Veg or olive oil

Drizzle oil in tall sided pot (stock or otherwise) over medium heat. Brown beef (5-10 minutes). Remove beef. Soften onion & garlic with several pinches of salt. Add tomato paste, cook a minute or two. Add beef, beans, beer & spices. Bring to a boil – simmer at least 45 minutes to an hour. Longer is better.

Good with rice, tortillas, sour cream & avocado. Really good on pasta my Cincinnati friends 🙂 minus the cinnamon.

Eat – B

Published by Betsy Karetnick

Dynamic lifestyle broadcaster, journalist, and media expert. Brand builder. Innovator. Producer. Experienced in business development and all aspects of media. Extensive experience on a national platform attracting and retaining an audience by mixing entertainment and education on lifestyle issues including cooking, cleaning, crafting, organizing, personal finance and dining out. Owner and operator of The Portable Garden, northern New Jersey's premier source for exclusive custom event design, special event flowers, container gardens and small scale landscape installations.

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