The Ultimate Game Day Recipe

October 24, 2011    |    By +
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In the colder months, in many ways chili is the ultimate “guy” food. Of course chili is loved by all, but you gotta admit guys certainly have more of an affinity towards than others. And what’s not to like? It’s got meat (…or at least I think  most chili should), it’s got serious bold flavors, and it’s got beans (and all their magical powers!).

You can eat it like soup, or perhaps you can use like a dip, or you can even add it to other foods like a condiment. Basically, guys love it because it’s hardy, tasty, versatile and fun- and it goes great with beer!

With all that in mind, having chili on a football party menu is pretty much a given. And armed with a slow cooker, the chili might be the party’s easiest menu item to prepare. So no matter what team you root for, here’s a chili recipe that’s bound to be a high scoring affair.


2 Lbs Sonoma County Grass Fed Organic Ground Chuck (or regular ground chuck)

1 2/3 Lbs Sonoma County Ground Country Sausage with Sundried Tomatoes (or any type of flavored ground sausage)

2 Teaspoons Olive Oil

2 Onions / 1 Yellow 1 Red Chopped

2 Large Cloves of Garlic minced

2 small Shallots Chopped

2 Cups Diced Tomato Can or fresh is fine

1 Bottle Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. Any stout will work fine but this one is the epic if you can find it.

1 Can Beef Broth

1 Cup Coffee, I used Starbucks Instant Via Coffee (secret Ingredient)

2 cans of tomato paste

1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar

3 1/2 Tablespoons Vietnamese style Chili Sauce

2 Roasted Pasilla peppers or Pablanos will work as well chopped (Seeds and membrane removed.)

1 Roasted Anaheim Chili Pepper Chopped(Seeds and membrane removed.)

1 Jalapeno Pepper Chopped(Seeds and membrane removed.)

1 very small Habenero Pepper Chopped very fine(Seeds and membrane removed.)

1 Serrano Pepper Chopped very fine(Seeds and membrane removed.)

1 Sweet Hot Italian Pepper Chopped or Small Red Pepper (Seeds and membrane removed.)

2 Grilled Ears of Corn cut from the cob.

1 fresh Cayenne Pepper chopped (Seeds and membrane removed.) or 1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cayenne

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa

1 Tablespoon ground Cumin seed

1 Teaspoon Oregano

1 Teaspoon Coriander

4 Cups of Kidney Beans, fresh is much better but canned is fine.

Heat oil.

Cook onions, garlic and meat until brown. Add a little bit of salt to help sweat the onions.

Add tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and beef broth.

Add all the spices, chili paste, and brown sugar

Stir in 2 1/2 of the kidney beans and all the peppers and corn.

Reduce heat and simmer for to 2 hours.

Add the other half of the kidney beans and simmer for another hour.

Store overnight in refrigerator and reheat and serve the next day (can serve immediately if desired)

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