Bean & Beer Chili

Makes one big fucking pot, enough to serve 6 people easy
Bean & Beer Chili

Stop fucking around with canned sodium soup that's tryna pass itself off as chili. You deserve something heartier, packed with protein, and full of fiber that's affordable. Sure we sneak some beer in here but this chili is also full of veggies in like zucchini, peppers, and carrots which makes you a nutritional ninja.

1 medium onion
2 medium bell peppers
1 zucchini
2 carrots
4 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup of beer (use whateverthefuck you got as long as its basic like an ipa or pale ale)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1 ½ cups of cooked or 1-15 ounce can of each: pinto, kidney, and black beans*
1 ½ cups hominy (precooked or canned) or corn kernels (optional)
juice of ½ a lemon or 1 lime
2 teaspoons of maple syrup (also fucking optional)
Red onion, jalapenos, cilantro, avocado

Chop up the onion, bell peppers, zucchini, and carrots into pieces no bigger than a motherfucking bean. Dice up the garlic all small and shit. Grab a big ass pot and heat up the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook them until they start to look a little brown, about 5-8 minutes. Add the bell peppers, zucchini, and carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, and salt and cook for another minute. By now, your whole place should start smelling good enough to make the fucking neighbors jealous. Add the beer, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and broth then scrap any spice shit that started sticking to the bottom of the pot. Let that all simmer together for 5 minutes. There should some beer left in the can, sip that shit while you’re waiting.

Now add the beans (and the hominy if you opted for this dopeness). Stir everything and turn down the heat to medium low. Slap on a lid and let that simmer for about 30 minutes. Set a timer if your ass is easily distracted like me. After the 30 minutes, stir it around and if you still want a thicker chili take off the lid and let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes. When the chili looks legit by your standards, add the lemon juice then taste that motherfucker. Depending on the brand of tomatoes you got, you might need to add some maple syrup to balance the taste out. Taste again and see if it needs more chili powder or salt. Throw in some cayenne pepper if you like that shit hot.

Serve warm and lay out some fresh toppings like red onion, jalapeños, and cilantro.

*You can use whatever beans you got but we like using 3 different kinds because variety is the shit.

Pairs With...

Gooey Grilled Cheese

Bet y’all didn’t know this culinary classic is actually the result of public schools trying to keep costs low while meeting the min nutritional mandates set by the federal govt after WWII.