Too Hot to Trot Beer Chili

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Danielle Hoppock
from Crestview, FL

In our home, we like to top the chili off with a little grated sharp cheddar and a dollop of sour cream. Perfect for game day.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A simple Crock Pot chili that's robust and full of flavor. It's hearty, nicely seasoned, and packed with meat and beans. Fresh veggies make this chili a bit different. We loved the peppers in this chili. The red bell peppers are milder and almost sweet. The number of jalapenos scared us at first but totally worked in the dish (we removed the seeds). Slow cooking this recipe gives the flavors time to mingle. Serve this on your next game day.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 6
prep time 40 Min
cook time 5 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 8 slice
  • 1 lg
  • 1
    green bell pepper
  • 1
    red bell pepper
  • 16 oz
    red kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 can
    stewed tomatoes (14 oz)
  • 3 c
    spicy V8 juice
  • 8 oz
    beer, not lite
  • 2 Tbsp
    cocoa, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic salt
  • 3 Tbsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1/3 c
    good quality chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 8
    jalapeno peppers
  • 2
    habanero pepper, fresh
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp
    spicy yellow mustard

How To Make

Test Kitchen Tips
Unless you like things really spicy, we recommend removing the seeds from the jalapeno and habanero peppers. We also rinsed them in water to make sure no seeds got into the chili.
  • 1
    Brown meat and bacon drain. Put in Crock Pot. ( I like to add the bacon dropping to the cooker.)
  • 2
    Chop peppers and onion. NOTE: For extra heat, do not remove seeds. Add to Crock Pot.
  • 3
    Add all spices; stir to mix.
  • 4
    Add beer and V8 juice and all other ingredients. Give it another stir place lid on the cooker.
  • 5
    Set to high for 2 hours. Then to low for at least another 3.
  • 6
    Side note: spices are strictly to taste. Add more or less as the chili cooks. Hope you enjoy it.