Halftime Chili


It’s no secret I love chili. What woman hosts a chili contest, vowing to eat chili nearly every Saturday for MONTHS?

This woman.

halftimechili2 Chili is a food I love. And I appreciate the differences among the thousands of chili recipes that are available. I love the meat, the beans, the thick, spicy sauce.

I love the fact that you can top it with nearly anything under the sun and it makes it all the better. I love that you can freeze it without any ill effects. I like to eat it over pasta or baked potatoes, or au natural in a bowl.

And since I tend to love all recipes by Bon Appetit, it was clear I HAD to try this chili recipe.


But this chili also had a key ingredient: beer. And not just a little bit, but a whole bottle of delicious, frothy goodness. The flavor of the beer comes out, so if you love beer…you’re in luck.

This chili rendition is also perfect for the meat-lover. It is packed with lean ground beef and just a few beans – chili beans. Having grown up on chili made with chili beans, I’m particularly fond of that portion of the recipe.

halftimechili4 A bit belated, this recipe was made to celebrate the Super Bowl. But with March Madness right around the corner, chili is the perfect gather’round the TV food. People can top their bowls as they please and chili can be prepared ahead of time and kept warm on the stove.

As for this recipe, it’s hearty, meaty, and very, very good. It’s not spicy, but has lots of flavor from the tomatoes and richness from the chili powder and depth from the cumin. It’s great!


It’s the weekend! No major plans today…just some lesson planning, grading, a workout, and some college basketball.

Be well,


  1. You and your chili! This looks delicious. I think I may have to give it a try.

  2. I actually thought of you Nicole when I got my Cooking Light March issue – the cover has a poblano chili recipe that I thought you would love – I am going to make it this week, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • Weird. I was commenting on your blog as you were commenting on mine AND the March issue of CL is sitting right next to me…I’m fixin’ to start flipping through it :) Let me know how it turns out…I looove poblanos :)

  3. This looks really nice and standard for a chili recipe. Sometimes I get too caught up in making something new and different that I Forget how nice it is to having something classic.

  4. I’m going to have to add this as one of my weekly chilis!

  5. Shannon says:

    I made this the other day, and it was delicious. It was a big hit with everyone, even my finicky mom! Thanks for the great recipe.


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