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Best Darn Chili

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Meals


Your search for the best chili recipe is officially over! This is the Best Darn Chili you will ever eat. Hearty and seasoned to perfection with some seriously delicious ingredients, it’s sure to exceed all your chili expectations.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1.5 pounds beef chuck, trimmed of fat & cut into cubes (about 1/2 to 1 inch in size)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark stout beer
  • 1 cup strong brewed espresso (or coffee)
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 1 (14 ounce) can low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 and 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 4 fresh jalapeños peppers, seeded and chopped (we put in 1/2 the seeds for spice)
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions and garlic until onions are tender and remove from saucepan. Add ground sirloin and cubed beef chuck and cook for 10 minutes, or until the meat is well browned. Add onions and garlic back into saucepan with the meats.
  2. Mix in the diced tomatoes with juice, dark beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth. Season with brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, cocoa powder, oregano, cayenne pepper, coriander, salt and black pepper. Stir in 2 cans of the beans and the chopped jalapeño peppers. Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining 2 cans of beans and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in the bourbon just before serving.
  5. Salt to taste. The amount of salt you add will depend on the saltiness of the beef broth you use. You’ll want to add quite a bit of salt to bring out all the flavors.