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Homemade Irish Chili Recipe

Get ready to spice things up with this delicious Irish chili recipe! Whether you’re celebrating your Irish heritage or just looking for a great way to warm up on a chilly evening, this hearty dish is sure to hit the spot.

First Time Making Irish Chili?

No worries! This recipe is perfect for beginners and seasoned chefs alike. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking skills, you can have a big bowl of chili on the table in no time.

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Selecting Your Ingredients

To make this Guinness beef chili, you’ll need some ground beef, cans of kidney beans, beef broth, chicken broth, tomato puree, green bell peppers, a large onion, cloves of garlic, and some delicious Irish stout beer. And don’t forget the spices! You’ll need chili powder, cumin, adobo seasoning, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt, and brown sugar. You can find information about the differences between cured and uncured meat in my blog.

Cooking Time

To make this Irish chili, you’ll need a large pot or a Dutch oven. Start by heating up some oil over medium-high heat, then add your ground beef and cook until it’s browned. Next, add your onion and bell peppers, and cook until they’re soft. Then, add your garlic and spices and cook for another minute or so. Finally, add your tomato puree, beef broth, chicken broth, and Guinness beer. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least an hour.

Slow Cooker Method

Want to make this recipe even easier? Use your slow cooker! Simply brown your beef and onions in a skillet, then transfer everything to your slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

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Flavorful Tips

For extra flavor, try adding some red kidney beans or substituting the Guinness beer for a darker Irish beer. And don’t forget the toppings! Sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips are all great options. Chili can make a fantastic side dish and you should consider pairing it with a delicious casserole. If you’re feeling like adding even more protein to round out the meal, consider serving this tasty chili with a Sirloin Tip Roast.

Leftovers for the Next Day

This Irish chili is even better the next day, so be sure to make a big batch and save some for leftovers. And if you’re looking for more great recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or any day, be sure to check out some of my other posts. For example, if you’re looking for a tasty dessert to pair with this Irish chili I would recommend trying my recipe for Coconut Fudge.

Recipe Card

Print out the recipe card below and add it to your collection of go-to recipes. You’ll be making this delicious Irish chili again and again!

So whether you’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day or just looking for a hearty dinner tonight, this Irish chili recipe is sure to become a new favorite. So grab your ingredients, turn up the heat, and get ready for some good stuff!

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Homemade Irish Chili

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

This Irish Chili recipe is perfect for those chilly nights when you want something hearty and comforting. Made with ground beef, vegetables, spices, and a bottle of Irish stout beer, this chili has a rich and complex flavor that will warm you up from the inside out.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Irish stout beer
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned and no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add the chopped onion, garlic, green bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper to the pot with the beef. Cook until the vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the chili powder, paprika, cumin, oregano, salt, and black pepper until the beef and vegetables are coated with the spices.
  4. Pour in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, Irish stout beer, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the chili for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Serve the Irish chili hot with your favorite toppings, such as shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, or hot sauce.


If you are following a vegetarian or vegan diet, you can replace the ground beef with plant-based meat alternatives or use a variety of beans and lentils as a protein source. It's always a good idea to customize recipes based on your dietary needs and preferences.

  • You can adjust the spiciness of the chili by adding more or less chili powder and jalapeño pepper, depending on your personal preference.
  • For a thicker chili, you can let it simmer for a longer period of time or add a small amount of cornstarch to the mixture.
  • Don't forget to drain and rinse the kidney beans before adding them to the pot. This helps to reduce the sodium content and prevent the chili from becoming too soupy.
  • To save time, you can prepare some of the ingredients in advance, such as chopping the vegetables and measuring out the spices. This will help to streamline the cooking process and make it easier to assemble the chili.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 12 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 559mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 24g

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