This Slow Cooker Beer Chili is easily made with ground beef or turkey. A bottle of your favorite beer gets added with pinto beans, onion, tomato, jalapeno pepper and spices. This recipe is perfect for game day entertaining.
This is a great base recipe that can be customized to meet your every chili need. Spice it up further by adding an additional jalapeno and an extra bit of cayenne pepper and/or add your favorite combination of beans and veggies. I used ground turkey for this recipe, but it can also be made with beef for you red-meat lovers.
The best part of chili is the toppings, right? I love adding crackers, green onion, cheese and sour cream. You could also add a bit of fresh cilantro, tortilla chips or avocado for a more Tex-Mex flavor. My husband, turned his 2nd serving of chili into chili mac using the kids’ leftover mac and cheese. I have zero plans of watching the Super Bowl, but look forward to a big bowl of this hearty, Slow Cooker Beer Chili.
My Slow Cooker has been getting some serious use these last few weeks. The cold weather calls for plenty of warm soups, stews and chili and the occasional, warm cocktail. I’ve been making Slow Cooker Tortellini and Chicken Tortilla Soup on repeat. You just can’t go wrong with anything Slow Cooker during the busy work week (and several rounds of the flu). A bit of Baileys in my latte has been so very necessary lately.
- 2 lbs. ground beef or turkey
- 1 14 oz. can diced tomato
- 1 15 oz. can tomato puree
- 1 medium yellow onion; diced
- 1 medium jalapeno pepper; finely diced
- 2 15 oz. cans pinto beans
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp. pre-minced garlic
- 1 12 oz. bottle of beer
Add the olive oil to a large skillet on Medium/High heat until hot.
Add the onion and season with salt and pepper.
Saute until the onion begins to become translucent and stir in the garlic; saute for around 1 minute.
Add the beef or turkey; salt and pepper to taste.
Break up the meat while cooking until browned.
Add the meat mixture to the bottom of a Slow Cooker.
Add diced tomatoes (drained), pureed tomatoes, pinto beans (drained), jalapeno pepper and beer; salt and pepper to taste.
Lightly stir ingredients.
Cook on high heat for 4-5 hours or low heat for 7-8 hours. Reduce heat and remove lid prior to serving to allow for it to thicken.