Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

Number of Servings: 8 (545 G)
Prep Time: 45 min.
Cook Time: 2 hours
Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

If you haven’t tried putting beer in your chili then you are in for a treat! Our own Jim McBride won a chili cookoff with this recipe–read more about the intense competition that led to this star-earning chili earning mad props with the gardening set.


  • 2 lbs. ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14½ oz.) can chili diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (14½ oz.) can beef broth
  • 12 oz. dark beer
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. Brown ground beef in stockpot over medium heat (8-10 minutes). Remove from stockpot with slotted spoon. Set aside. Pour off drippings.
  2. Heat oil in same stockpot over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions and garlic; cook until onions are tender (3-5 minutes). Add bell peppers and jalapeño and cook until tender (4-5 minutes).
  3. Return beef to stockpot. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, thyme and cayenne; cook and stir until toasted (2-3 minutes).
  4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, broth, beer, and tomato paste; bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Uncover stockpot and continue simmering until thickened (30-40 minutes).
  6. Stir in beans; cook until beans are heated through (5-10 minutes). Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 545G

Amount per serving
Calories 335
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 885mg 37%
Potassium 1005mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 8.5g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 13g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 150%
Calcium 15%
Iron 30%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin E 0%
Vitamin K 20%
Thiamin 50%
Riboflavin 20%
Niacin 0%
Vitamin B6 60%
Folate 15%
Vitamin B12 25%
Biotin 2%
Chloride 2%
Pantothenate 10%
Phosphorus 30%
Iodine 0%
Magnesium 15%
Zinc 35%
Selenium 50%
Copper 20%
Manganese 20%
Chromium 0%
Molybdenum 4%

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


96% Ground Beef, Canned Tomatoes (tomatoes In Juice (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid), Tomato Puree (water, Concentrated Crushed Tomatoes), Salt), Black Beans (black Beans, Water, Salt), Beef Broth (beef Broth, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Caramel Color, Natural Flavors, Maltodextrin, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate), Tomatoes With Green Chilies (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Green Chili Peppers, Dried Onions, Vinegar, Spices, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride, Natural Flavors), Beer (water, Barley, Hops And Yeast), Yellow Bell Pepper, Onion, Tomato Paste (tomato Pulp), Chili Powder, Garlic, Soybean Oil, Jalapeno Pepper, Cumin, Oregano, Thyme, Chili Pepper.

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