Cowboy Beef & Black Bean Chili

Number of Servings: 8 (505 g)
Active Time: 45 min.
Total 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
  • 1½ 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 low sodium beef broth
  • 12 oz. dark beer
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained

    Optional Garnishes*:

    • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  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.

*Optional garnishes have not been included in the rating of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size 505 g

Amount per serving
Calories 340
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 8g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 12g
Protein 33g
Vitamin D 0.1mcg 0%
Calcium 122.4mg 10%
Iron 7.1mg 40%
Potassium 1255mg 25%
Vitamin A 96.5mcg 10%
Vitamin C 76.1mg 80%
Vitamin E 4.5mg 30%
Vitamin K 20.4mcg 15%
Thiamin 0.3mg 25%
Riboflavin 0.4mg 30%
Niacin 12.8mg 80%
Vitamin B6 0.9mg 50%
Folate 82.2mcg 21%
Vitamin B12 2.6mcg 110%
Biotin 1.4mcg 4%
Chloride 59.8mg 2%
Pantothenate 1.4mg 30%
Phosphorus 379.5mg 30%
Iodine 0.6mcg 0%
Magnesium 94.1mg 20%
Zinc 6.8mg 60%
Selenium 23.6mcg 45%
Copper 0.6mg 60%
Manganese 0.7mg 30%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 3mcg 6%

* 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.


95% Lean Ground Beef, Crushed Tomatoes (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride), Low Sodium Black Beans (black Beans, Water, Sea Salt), Chili Diced Tomatoes (tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Green Chili Peppers, Dried Onions, Vinegar, Spices, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride, Natural Flavors), Low Sodium Beef Broth (organic Beef Broth (filtered Water, Organic Beef), Organic Onions, Organic Celery, Organic Beef Flavor, Organic Carrots, Organic Garlic, Organic Caramel Color, Natural Flavors (with Yeast Extract), Sea Salt, Organic Spices), Beer (water, Barley, Hops And Yeast), Onion, Yellow Bell Pepper, Tomato Paste, Chili Powder, Garlic, Jalapeno Pepper, Vegetable Oil, Cumin, Oregano, Thyme, Cayenne Pepper.

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