Watch TODAY All Day! Get the best news, information and inspiration from TODAY, all day long

Slow-Cooker Beef and Beer Chili
Slow-Cooker Beef and Beer Chili
print recipe
(76 rated)
Cook time:
Prep time:

This slow cooker chili couldn’t be easier — there’s very little prep work, and it’s truly a set-it-and-forget-it recipe. A chopped chipotle pepper adds a subtle, smoky heat that’s mellowed by the lager beer that simmers along with the rest of the ingredients. Soy sauce may seem like a surprising addition to chili, but it gives the dish a rounder, meatier flavor.


    • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 2 15.5-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 pound beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces
    • 1 12-ounce bottle lager beer
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobe), chopped
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • Kosher salt
    • Grated Cheddar cheese, sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)


Slow-Cooker Beef and Beer Chili recipe Maggie Shi
  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine the diced tomatoes and their juices, beans, beef, beer, garlic, onion, tomato paste, soy sauce, chopped chipotle, flour, cumin, chili powder and a pinch of salt. Stir well. 
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 7 hours until the beef is tender. Taste for seasoning and serve with Cheddar, sour cream and cilantro.