Do Ahead Essentials: Chili Meat in the Freezer

Andy Anderson !


The secrets to an excellent chili are good ingredients and a long slow simmer. Not only does that help merge the flavors; in addition, it helps to tenderize the meat.

So, you are in the mood for a nice bowl of chili; however, you do not want to go through the long cooking process, so you settle for beans on toast.

Now, it is true that you can freeze a bowl of chili, but I like to use chili meat on other things besides a bowl of chile. For example, a nice taco salad.

This chili meat that can be used in a number of yummy ways.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
1 Hr 20 Min
Stove Top



  • 4 - 6 oz
    lite beer
  • 1 1/2 lb
    top round, chopped into 1/2-inch (1.3cm) cubes
  • 1/2 lb
    italian sausage, ground
  • 1/2 lb
    chuck steak, ground
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili seasoning powder, more on this later

How to Make Do Ahead Essentials: Chili Meat in the Freezer


  2. The beer will help to tenderize the cubes of beef, and the chili powder will get it nice and flavorful.
  3. The chili spice powder will season the meat and get it ready for whatever you want to use it in. This is the seasoning that I used… So yummy:
    Autumn/Winter Essentials: Chili, Chili Spice Mix
  4. Gather your ingredients (mise en place)
  5. Chop the steak into cubes… chop, chop, chop.
  6. Add the steak to a bowl, and cover with the beer, then drink what is left.
  7. Let the beef sit for about an hour.
  8. While the beef is getting drunk, add the Italian sausage to a pot over medium heat, and cook until it begins to brown.
  9. Add the cubed beef (with the beer), and the ground chuck, then cook until it begins to brown.
  10. Add the chili seasoning and reduce the heat to low.
  11. Cook until most of the beer evaporates, and then allow to cool down.
  12. Place in freezer or vacuum sealer bags and freeze until needed.
  14. Use in any recipe that calls for chili meat, like a bowl of chili, tacos, Mexican salads… Whatever. Enjoy.
  15. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Do Ahead Essentials: Chili Meat in the Freezer

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free Soy Free

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