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A red bowl filled with chili topped with cheese and sour cream.
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Halftime Chili

This hearty, perfectly seasoned Halftime Chili is exactly what you need for your next game day party!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 556kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste (I add lots!)
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
  • 14 1/2 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 16 ounce can Bush's Chili Beans in Chili Sauce (or similar brand), undrained
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 12 ounce bottle beer


  • Heat oil in heavy large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic. Saute for about 5 minutes or until onions have softened. Add ground beef. Cook and stir, breaking up ground beef, until no pink remains. Drain off as much grease as you can from the pan. Return pan to heat and add chili powder, cumin, basil, oregano, thyme, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Stir 2 minutes. Mix in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, and beer. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Remove lid and continue to simmer, uncovered, for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.


Serve with grated cheese, sour cream, and any other toppings desired.
Inspired by Bon Appetit and From Valerie's Kitchen


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1106mg | Potassium: 1678mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1369IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 10mg