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30-Minute Chili


This easy chili recipe makes eight one-cup servings; if you reserve half, you'll also have enough for four servings of our Cheesy Hash-Brown Bake, a stick-to-your-ribs meal for later in the week.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, March 2007


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) mild lager beer
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. In a Dutch oven or large (5-quart) heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Add tomato paste, chili powder, chipotles, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until mixture has begun to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beef, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

  3. Add tomatoes with their juice, beer, and beans. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a rapid simmer. Cook over medium heat until chili has thickened slightly and beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

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  • Danielle Ryan
    18 JAN, 2015
    This is on my stove right now. The flavor is good, I love cinnamon in chili (Cooking Light has a fantastic chorizo chili with cinnamon and a bit of chocolate) but I definitely added extra chipotle chilis. The only issue is that it is a smidge too watery, so I've got it on a low simmer to reduce the liquid a bit. Serving it with cheddar-jalapeno skillet cornbread. Should be a yummy dinner!
  • pwelbourn
    17 JAN, 2015
    I love this presenter! Her sense of humor is so fun. She does a good job showing the process in a quick amount of time. Excellent job.
  • Stacymoonsnow
    4 OCT, 2014
    I'm more of a Red Hot Ceyanne pepper girl, but my husband loves chipotle so I tried it out. It was delicious! I added a can of tomato sauce, a can of corn, the whole can of chili in adobo and cooked the meat slightly different. No way do I want all that grease in my food. I cooked the meat seperate and drained it. I will definitely make it again!
  • fred steffen
    16 MAY, 2014
    This is my favorite chili recipe now :) The whole family loves it! We sometimes just leave out the cinnamon, it's really the adobo chipotles that give it the flavor. We've also substituted a hard apple cider instead of the beer. Really brings out some great flavors. I highly recommend it. NOTE: It doesn't taste like chili in a can or most chili's you've tried. The flavor is really unique! Smell some chipotles in adobo to see if you'll like it.
  • Kirk W
    9 DEC, 2013
    I made this for a party (good friends so a new recipe was okay) because I was in a pinch for time. I did not care for it at all - turns out I don't like chili that tastes like beer and cinnamon. I ended up adding extra spices (cumin and oregano) to try to counter the cinnamon but it didn't really work. I did get a good take-away though - the chipotles in adobo sauce will be incorporated into my next pot of chili. They added a nice flavor and the heat was just right.
  • jt7torrico
    29 JAN, 2013
    This is the easiest chili recipe from scratch. I used ground turkey in place of ground beef and I was very happy with the way it tasted. The flavors are amazing. My husband gave it a 2 thumbs up! It makes a ton so I did freeze half for a weeknight I don't feel like cooking...Thanks Sarah! Your recipes are easy, delicious and interesting!
  • millieu
    13 DEC, 2012
    This is a real winner. The adobo peppers and beer definitely take it from ordinary to extraordinary! Quick & Delicious.
  • millieu
    13 DEC, 2012
    This is a real winner. The adobo peppers and beer definitely take it from ordinary to extraordinary! Quick & Delicious.
  • Eviebelle
    19 SEP, 2011
    This is a very tasty recipe. The chipotles and the beer add something a little different than your usual chili recipe, but not weird at all. I used ground turkey instead of beef.
  • Brucemky
    22 OCT, 2010
    I made this last night and since I didn't have the Chipotle peppers in Adobe I used Red Gold Tomatoes with Chipotle. It was very good, not watery and just spicy enough. We'll make this again!