Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

Number of Servings: 8 (512g)
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
  • 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 512g

Amount per serving
Calories 310
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.5g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 850mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 8g
Includes 0g Added Sugars 0%
Sugar Alcohol 0g
Other Carbohydrate 10g
Protein 32g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 5.5mg 30%
Potassium 1005mg 20%
Vitamin A 101.4mcg 10%
Vitamin C 91.3mg 100%
Vitamin E 3.5mg 25%
Vitamin K 17.1mcg 15%
Thiamin 0.7mg 60%
Riboflavin 0.3mg 25%
Niacin 13.4mg 80%
Vitamin B6 1.2mg 70%
Folate 50.2mcg 13%
Vitamin B12 1.5mcg 60%
Biotin 5mcg 15%
Chloride 67mg 2%
Pantothenate 1.1mg 20%
Phosphorus 323.7mg 25%
Iodine 0.6mcg 0%
Magnesium 65.5mg 15%
Zinc 5.6mg 50%
Selenium 38.1mcg 70%
Copper 0.4mg 40%
Manganese 0.4mg 15%
Chromium 0mcg 0%
Molybdenum 3.4mcg 8%

* 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 (water, Beef Stock Powder, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Gelatin (beef), Torula Yeast, Maltodextrin (potato)), 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, Salt), Chili Powder, Garlic, Jalapeno Pepper, Soybean Oil, Cumin, Oregano, Thyme, Chili Pepper.

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