Classic Beef Chili Recipe | Kita Roberts

Classic Beef Chili Recipe

Cook's All Time Best Soups and Stews 2014


  • 8 oz dried pinto beans rinsed and picked over
  • salt
  • 6 dried ancho chilies stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1" pieces
  • 4 arbol chilies stemmed, seeded, and cut in half
  • 3 tbs cornmeal
  • 2 teas oregano
  • 2 teas cumin
  • 2 teas unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 onions diced
  • 3 jalapenos stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 14.5 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 teas molasses
  • 3 lbs chuck roast cut into large bite sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 mild lager I used Fordham's Gypsy Lager
  • Sour cream lime, scallions for garnish


  • Dutch oven beans 3 tbs salt - broil to boil. remove from heat. stand 1 hour. drain rinse.
  • Oven to lower middle. 300
  • Roast the ancho peppers in a dry skillet over medium high heat, toasting for 4 to 6 minutes. Toss the chilies in a food processor. Add the arbol chilies, cornmeal, oregano, cumin, cocoa and 1/2 teas salt to the food processor and pulse until everything is powdery. Slowly add in 1/2 cup chicken broth, scraping down the sides once or twice and pulsing again. Set paste aside.
  • Mix the onions and the jalapeno.
  • Heat 1 tbs oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook the onions and jalapenos, about 7 - 9 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and add the garlic and cook one minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, molasses and the chili mixture you previously set aside. Stir to mix well. Add the beans and the remaining chicken broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  • Heat a skillet with 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the beef with salt and cook half in the skillet until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add the beef to the Dutch oven. Deglaze the pan with half of the beer, scraping up any browned bits. Bring to a simmer and transfer liquid to pot. Repeat with the remaining meat and beer. Stir to combine.
  • Place the lid on the Dutch oven and carefully transfer to the preheated oven. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until meat is fork tender. Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool before ladling into bowls and topping with desired garnish.