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!

Two bowls of Irish chili with glasses of Guinness on the side.

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:

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.

A white pot filled with Guinness spiked Irish chili and a wooden spoon taking a scoop.

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
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Corriander
  • Cinnamon

Two bowls of Irish chili with glasses of Guinness on the side.

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Two bowls of Irish chili with glasses of Guinness on the side.

Guinness Spiked Irish Chili

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Irish

Description

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!

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, 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)
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14-ounce (440ml) can of Guinness – see notes
  • 1 19-ounce can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, green onions

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Notes

Guinness cans vary in size. If the ones available to you are a different size, don't worry. This recipe is very flexible so if you add a little more or less the recipe will still work.

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Two bowls of Irish chili with glasses of Guinness on the side with the recipe title on the top.

A white pot filled with Guinness spiked Irish chili and a wooden spoon taking a scoop.