Black Beef Chili with Stout

“This chili has layered flavors that start with the bitterness from stout beer, progressing to the heat from four chili varieties and finishes with the warmth of cocoa powder and hearty beef,” says San Bartolome. She used Starry Night Stout by Island Brewing Company, Carpinteria. San Bartolome suggests pairing the chili with a brown ale or porter, such as Davy Brown Ale from Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company in Buellton (with a taproom in Westlake Village opening this fall). If a stout isn’t available, a porter would be the next best option. Serves 8-10
By / Photography By Naomi Henry | September 04, 2015


Fry bacon in a large pot until crisp. Remove bacon to a paper towel to drain. Wipe out pot. Add canola oil, onions, bell pepper, poblano chilies and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent, about 10 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, add beef to onion mixture and allow to cook for 10 minutes. Add all tomato products to pot and stir until evenly distributed. Add chili powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, chilies, cocoa powder and stout, and stir until all ingredients are evenly mixed.

Simmer chili for at least an hour. Add the black beans and bacon to chili. Taste to adjust salt and spiciness of chili. Simmer on low for another hour.

Ladle chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream.

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  • 6 slices bacon, chopped into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 poblano chilies, chopped into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef (picado size or 1/4-inch cubes), or lean ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped; reserve the liquid
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons adobo chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 jalapeño chili, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 serrano chili, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 habanero chili, stemmed, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 12 ounces stout
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans organic black beans, strained
  • Sour cream for garnish
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