How to Make Tailgaters Black Bean Chili

Great chili recipe for a tailgating party.

Chili is a great tailgating as well as a known football food. I’ve been to a great many football parties where chili was the mainstay of the menu. This basic recipe can be changed to deleted the beef and replace with ground turkey or chicken. For the vegetarians, the meat can be replaced with crumbled veggie burgers. Either way, this chili would be a welcome addition to any tailgating menu.

1 lb ground beef

2 medium onions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 medium carrots, chopped

2 red bell peppers, seeded and chopped

2 jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped

2 cans diced tomatoes with juice

3 cans black beans, rinsed and drained

2 cups of beer

Juice of 2 limes

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp oregano

1 tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Hot pepper sauce

The Night before the Event: 

            Cook beef in large pot over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

            Remove beef to a bowl and drain off all but 1 tbsp fat from pan.

            Add onions, garlic, carrots, bell pepper, and jalapeno chilies to the fat in pan. 

            Cook until vegetables are soft. Add tomatoes with juice and cook about 5 minutes.

            Add beans, beer, lime juice, ½ cup water, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, black pepper, and reserved beef.

            Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a medium low heat and continue to cook until sauce becomes thicker. 

            Remove from heat and let cool. 

            Chill in refrigerator until ready to use at the party.

When you get to the Event: 

            Reheat chili over medium-low heat.

If the chili is too thick – add a little more beer.

If it’s to thin, raise the heat to medium and cook until thicken.

            Keep warm over low heat.

After Event:

            Clean up.

            Garbage bags for the garbage. It doesn’t take long before the provided trashcans become overflowing, so it is a good idea to take your garbage home.

            Leave your party area clean.

Tips:  To transport warm chili, wrap pot in two layers of foil, then in a thick towel.

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