Super Bowl Chili: An absolutely mouthwatering Beer Chili for your gridiron gathering

This mouthwatering chili always has people requesting seconds!
Chili is one of my absolute favorite cold-weather foods and it is such an easy and delicious meal for Superbowl parties of 1 or of 31.  This year it seemed a particularly appropriate Pigskin Proffering as the east coast is experiencing major snow storms (as in 2-3 feet of the white stuff in some areas, including the Patriots home town of Boston).  So as we wait for the white out to come, my husband is walking me through the recipe for his absolutely mouthwatering Beer Chili.  Trust me. You need to try this stuff (and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry!).

1 lb beef
1 lb hot Italian pork sausage
2-4 slices thick cut bacon, cut into small pieces
1 35 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 15 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes (diced)
1 15 oz can stewed tomatoes
2 jalapenos carefully seeded and minced
1 onion diced
5-6 cloves of garlic minced
2 12 oz bottles of your favorite beer (we typically use Fat Tire or Yuengling, but any medium bodied beer will do)
Lea & Perrin's Worcestershire
2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar 
Crushed Red Pepper
Chili Powder
Ground Cayenne Pepper
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can black bean
1 can butter beans

  1. Start with a large dutch oven (if you don't have one, a large stock pot with a thick bottom will work).  With the burner on medium low, cook the bacon for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. As the bacon is rendering, combine ground beef and pork sausage in large bowl and mix. Divide mixture into two equal portions.  Set aside.
  3. Once the bacon has browned and the fat has been rendered, remove bacon from the pot and set aside. 
  4. Add onions to the bacon fat and saute over medium high.  Season with salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. Before the onions are completely translucent, add jalapenos.  Continue sauteing for an additional 2 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for one additional minute.  Remove onion/jalapeno/garlic mixture from pot and set aside.
  6. Leaving the pot at medium high, add the first half of the meat mixture.  Season lightly (using the same spices as before).  Stir the mixture regularly while the beef and pork brown.  Remove, and set aside.
  7. Repeat previous step with second batch.  Remove, and set aside
  8. Reduce heat to medium low.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and can of tomato paste.  Cook until paste thins and darkens slightly. 
  9. Add onions/jalapeno/garlic mixture and meat back into the dutch oven and stir until paste is evenly distributed.
  10. Begin adding the rest of your canned tomato ingredients.  As you add the whole peeled tomatoes, use your hands to tear them into smaller pieces.
  11. Add bacon, beer, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 tsp. Tabasco.  Stir to combine all ingredients. 
  12. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until liquid has reduced by about a quarter (usually anywhere from 1 - 1 1/2 hours).  Stir occasionally. 
  13. While chili is cooking, dump beans into colander and rinse, setting aside.
  14. Once liquid has been reduced, sample mixture for seasoning.  Add additional Tabasco for more of a kick.  Add more brown sugar for a sweeter taste.  
  15. Add beans to the pot and stir carefully.  Continue cooking over medium low for 30 minutes. 

Sprinkle with your favorite toppings, add some sweet and easy Corn Bread and serve!  (Just mind that End Zone of yours.  DeflateGate should really only refer to the scandal...)

-  Seasoning should happen throughout the cooking process - not just at the end.  This gives the chili a depth (and allows you to moderate how spicy/sweet/herbalicious your end dish will be)
-  Not a big fan of spicy?  Leave out the tabasco and jalepenos.
-  Love sweet? Up the amount of brown sugar to 1/4 c.
-  Looking for delicious toppings?  Try diced green onions, extra sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, corn chips, cheesy croutons, jalapenos, plain Greek Yogurt or (my favorite) sour cream. Mmmmm...

Super Delicious Super Bowl Chili (You probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry!)
Wanna make it even more delicious?  Try my Jiffy Muffin Hack for super moist, delicious and easy corn muffins!

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