Beef Chilli with Dark Beer and Chocolate

Beef Chilli with Dark Beer and Chocolate

As everyone knows there are a trillion billion 'Best Beef Chilli' recipes out there and many include the addition of chocolate.  Chocolate goes so well in any good beef chilli recipe, but until now I'd never added beer. Well let me tell you this was good stuff and I'll be making it again!

I know there's a long list of ingredients but half of them are just spices; I say this is the perfect make ahead recipe too which means it's a great meal to cook for friends. Whether you serve it with rice or potato wedges and a side salad, or even tortilla chips it's bound to be a hit.

Purity Brewery are based in Warwickshire and very kindly sent me some of their Saddle Black beer. I was asked to make a recipe using it along with a few more cans to drink which made the husband pleased as it meant he dinner and beer!

Expedia have come up with this lovely 'Beer Map' of the UK and Ireland's Best Regional Breweries;

Take a look to see which breweries are nearest to you.

All the beers and ales shown on the map are not only great to drink but also to cook with too.  After reading about Purity Saddle Black I discovered that the roasted malts used to craft it give it a taste of chocolate is how my Beef Chilli with Dark Beer and Chocolate recipe came to mind. So yes, beer is not only good for drinking but for with cooking too!

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To serve 4 you will need:


  • 1 Large Onion - chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper - chopped
  • 1 Yellow Pepper - chopped
  • 2 Red or Green Chilli Peppers - finely sliced seeds removed if you prefer
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Tomato Puree
  • 200ml Saddle Black Beer from Purity Brewery
  • 1/2 a Chicken or Beef Stock Cube - I use Knorr
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Chilli Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
Read the whole recipe on A Glug of Oil