Guinness Spiked Irish Chili
This delicious Irish Chili is spiked with Guinness which gives it lots of extra flavor. It's super easy to make and a big-time crowd pleaser. I love to serve it for St. Patrick's Day but it's a great chili recipe all year round!
I've got some Guinness Spiked Irish Chili for you guys, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. It's extra exciting because it's the first time ever that St. Patty's Day hasn't passed me by. I normally start clueing into all the green shamrocks right around March 18th. My timing is the best.
I think it's the whole green beer and toxic green-dyed everything that makes me turn a blind eye. Are you with me? Let's leave the creepy colored beer to the kids who are not quite old enough to legally drink yet and keep the good stuff to ourselves. Deal? Let's pour a glass of Guinness and sit down to this Irish chili together.
And while we're at it, these are some of my favorite Irish recipes:
- Cheesy Irish Cheddar Cauliflower
- Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread
- Chocolate Guinness Crockpot Beef Stew
- Guinness Chocolate Cake with Irish Whiskey Frosting
- Shamrock Sugar Cookies with All-Natural Green Frosting
When I served this Irish chili to my handsome man, he was a little skeptical. We both usually like chili to be vegetarian and think it's kinda weird to put meat in chili. Truth is, we're prob the weird ones.
But … all throughout dinner he kept going on and on about how good it was. When we finished it for lunch the next day, he said in a panic, “We have no more chili left! What are we going to do?” Answer: make more! We should always and forever have some Irish chili in the house. It would be a terrible thing not to.
What makes this an Irish Chili Recipe
There's a whole can of Guinness in here. And we believe that Guinness chili + Irish chili. If you don't have any Guinness on hand you can make this Irish chili with just about any beer. A stout or porter would be delicious, but a lager or amber ale will work, too. Just make sure to steer clear of IPA's or anything too hoppy.
We also based the spices on something called Irish Spice Bag, which is crispy chicken, fries, and a few veggies in a signature blend of salt and spices. We used some of those spices to make this Irish chili.
- Chili powder
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Guinness Irish Chili Recipe
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- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, grated on a Microplane or very finely minced
- 1 ½ lb. lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons each: chili powder and paprika
- 2 teaspoons each: ground cumin and coriander
- 1 teaspoon each: oregano, sea salt, and pepper
- 1 cinnamon stick, or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 14 ounce can of Guinness – see notes, 440ml
- 19 ounce can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- Optional toppings: sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, green onions
- Heat the oil in a large pot (I love using my Le Creuset) over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the celery, peppers, and garlic and cook for 5 more minutes.1 tablespoon avocado oil, 1 large yellow onion, 4 stalks celery, 2 bell peppers, 4 cloves garlic
- Add the ground beef to the pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir the chili powder, paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, salt, pepper, and cinnamon stick into the pot. Add the tomatoes and Guinness and stir together well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook uncovered for 30 minutes, or until the chili is nice and thick.1 ½ lb. lean ground beef, 2 tablespoons each: chili powder and paprika, 2 teaspoons each: ground cumin and coriander, 1 teaspoon each: oregano, sea salt, and pepper, 1 cinnamon stick, 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes, 14 ounce can of Guinness – see notes
- Add the beans to the pot then season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Serve the chili with any or all of the toppings.19 ounce can of red kidney beans, Optional toppings: sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, green onions
This Chili was absolutely FANTASTIC!!! It was so popular in my household and with my neighbors that I am making it again tonight. IT so rich and delicious. The spices really turn it around from being a run of the mill chili. I highly recommend it if you are looking to try something new and different.
I made this recipe yesterday. The family loved it. Used shredded beef though instead of hamburger and I couldn’t find avocado oil so I just used vegetable oil. I also used and entire 6-pack of Guinness. I did it all up in a 14″ dutch oven.
I got the coals going and had 2 sirloin roasts (about 5lbs) browning by 9:30 in the morning. I added 2 bottles 15 minutes later and slow cooked the meat until 2:00. Then I sherdded the roasts and added the spices. At 4:00, I added the veggies. We were eating by 6:30. Guinness was added as needed. I also did up a pan of cornbread for a side.
I’d definitely make this recipe again and I’d love to play around with it a bit.
This was great! Another reviewer had mentioned that it came out really watery/tasteless; if I had followed the seasoning measurements exactly, mine would’ve been pretty bland as well. Once the chili had been simmering for about 25 min, I started adjusting for taste. In the end, I would say I ended up tripling the measurements for all the seasonings across the board. I also added 2 tablespoons of tomato purée to add a little extra flavor and to thicken the chili a little faster. Otherwise, loved this recipe and will save it to cook again.
Guinness dosent travel well, not that problem in Ireland
That’s what I’ve heard! I need to plan an Irish vacation so I can try the real stuff. 🙂
I really enjoyed this recipe. I used bottled Guinness, it has a richer stout taste here in the states. I also omitted the cinnamon and added sugar instead to suit my personal taste. I made everything else as stated and will be making again! I tried to give it 5 stars but not sure if it posted…
I’m so happy you like the recipe! Thank you for the 5-star rating!
Kristen, My husband is from County Cork, Ireland and has had his share of Irish Chili. He wants me to tell you that yours is the best yet! He has always talked about the Irish Chili his Grandma used to make and now he talks about how much better yours is compared to his Grandma’s. That is a true compliment! Pat yourself on the back.
Oh my goodness Patty, I’m so blown away. That really is a great compliment. You totally made my day!!!
This turned out watery and flavorless. My guests actually took one bite and threw it away. I followed recipe and added plenty of salt and spices.
That’s really strange that it ended up flavorless, especially if you followed the recipe since there is a heafty dose of spices in here. You might want to check the date on your chili powder. Dried spices will lose their potency if they’re left to sit for a while. Sorry it didn’t work out for you.
Part of your lack of enthusiasm for Guinness is what you suspected–the export version is not quie the same. Also, even the Guinness we get is best served around 60 degrees–not ice cold–and that makes a tangible difference. Thanks for the recipe!
I had a feeling that was what was going on. I’ll have get to Ireland and try a real Guinness soon!!
I LOVE chili in all its variations. This came out excellent, and I know I’m going to make it again and again. I also added coriander, thyme, smoked paprika, and fresh cilantro for good measure. Thank you for this recipe.
Me too! I can never get enough chili. Smoked paprika is one of my fav flavours, too.
Have you seen the chili round up we did a little while ago? It’s 15 of our favourite chili recipes from TEM and around the web. 🙂 https://www.theendlessmeal.com/15bestchilirecipes/
Definitely because you haven’t had a Guinness in Ireland!! I went there and it’s such a difference ! I agree a nice thick stout!! Yummy
I’ll have to book a ticket to Ireland and change that stat!
How can I find out more about your underground restaurant?
You can check out the website for the supper club here: http://www.theendlessmeal.ca 🙂
Definitely a stick to you bones meal! That’s how chili should be!
It toally is!