If ever there was a chili recipe I’d enter into a chili cook off, it would be this epic Guinness Chili Recipe that pairs stout Guinness with smoky chipotle peppers for flavor that keeps you coming back for more! In fact, it’s so good I should rename it “come back Chili” because you can’t stop at just one bowl. It’s also a great recipe for repurposing leftover meats like smoked brisket and prime rib- get creative!

The reason this recipe is called “Winning” Guinness Chili is that it has, among my friends and co-workers, won Chili Cook offs and bragging rights. If this Guinness chili was good enough to win a few Chili Competitions among friends, it is definitely worthy of your time investment over other chili recipes! 

Guinness chili recipe


Why I love this Guinness Chili Recipe: beans or no beans, it’s delicious either way!

Let’s face it, Guinness is the unsung hero in this recipe and it just adds a richness that can’t be accomplished without it. So whether or not you like beans in your chili, the flavor is still there regardless of whether or not you use beans.

With Beans: If you use beans, I like Black Beans as I think their flavor is complimentary with the chipotle peppers

Without Beans to be (Paleo and Keto approved version): For those following a paleo and Keto diet, this recipe is equally delicious without beans. I like to add an extra can of tomatoes when I make it without beans.

winning guinness chili recipe

Ingredients for Guinness Chili

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red or green pepper, chopped
  • 5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 56 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef (I prefer grassfed beef)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tsp ground cumin
  • t tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 12 oz. bottle Guinness or another dark beer
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes (try hunt’s or rotel) (
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 (14. 0z) chicken or beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 15 oz. black beans




It’s always fun to serve this Guinness chili in a bag of fritos with a big dollop of sour cream and cheese for a “frito pie” presentation. 

KETO STYLE Guinness Chili

If you are on the keto diet, skip the beans, add more tomatoes, and swap PORK RINDS for your tortilla chips.

PALEO STYLE Guinness Chili

The Paleo diet is all about no beans, no grains, and no dairy. I recommend using almond or coconut milk based plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream (you can now easily find almond and coconut milk sour cream too). For tortilla chips, use Siete Foods Cassava chips so you can keep the crunch and stay Paleo Approved.

Make This Guinness Chili and Be Prepared to be Blown Away!

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guinness chili recipe

Guinness Chipotle Chili Recipe

  • Author: Robyn
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


This Guinness Chili recipe has won number chili cook offs and it will be a winner in your household too!


  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red or green pepper, chopped
  • 5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 56 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef (I prefer grassfed)
  • 2 to 3 tblsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 to 3 tsp ground cumin
  • t tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 12 oz. bottle Guinness or another dark beer
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes (try hunt’s or rotel)
  • 2 tblsp tomato paste
  • 2 (14. 0z) chicken or beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 15 oz. black beans
  • Garnished: Fritos (as stated above) pepper jack cheese and sour cream


  1. Heat oil in a big sauce pan or a dutch oven over medium heat; add onion.
  2. Reduce heat to low, and cook the onion 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add bell pepper and cook 5 minutes.
  4. Add chipotle peppers and garlic, cook one minute.
  5. Add beef and next 5 ingredients. Stir in beer and simmer about 2 minutes. S
  6. tir in Worcestershire sauce and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to medium to medium low.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, 30-40 minutes.
  8. Add beans, stir, and continue to simmer until liquid has reduced slightly and the chili has become thicker. (After adding beans, I usually simmer another 30-45 minutes).

You will have seconds, possibly thirds.

Do you have a #winning Chili recipe? Let's hear it- I love trying out different chili recipes!

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: soups, stews, Dinner
  • Method: simmer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Guinness Chil Recipe



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