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A bowl of chili topped with cheese and sour cream.
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5 from 22 votes

Halftime Chili

This hearty Halftime Chili is deliciously seasoned and chock full of beef, beans, and beer! Get all the work done in advance so you don't miss a minute of the next big game.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 510kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 ½ pounds 90% lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste (I add lots!)
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 ½ ounce can tomato sauce
  • 16 ounce can chili pinto beans in chili sauce (like Bush's), undrained
  • 15 ounce can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 12 ounce bottle beer (stout, ale, or pilsner style lager recommended)

Optional Toppings

  • grated cheese, sour cream, cilantro, avocado, crushed tortilla chips or saltine crackers, hot sauce or salsa


  • Heat oil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add the onions and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until the onions have softened. Add the ground beef. Cook and stir, breaking up the ground beef until no pink remains. Drain off as much grease as you can from the pot and return it to the heat. Add the chili powder, cumin, basil, oregano, thyme, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Mix in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, all the beans, and the beer. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to LOW, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove the lid and stir the chili. Continue to simmer, uncovered, for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with the toppings of your choice.


Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1445mg | Potassium: 1590mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1383IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 9mg