Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

I have a tricky relationship with chili. I won’t hesitate to tell you this now: in general, I’m not a big fan of chili.

Chili dogs? Shoot yes. Chili Fritos? Yup.

A big bowl of chili? Eh.

A big bowl of shredded cheese, sour cream, with some chili underneath? We’re getting there.

Alas…its not always all about me. Take New Years Eve 2011 for example. Every New Years Eve, I try to do a little something different (not sure how well last year’s mussels went over…) This year, I went for convenience, flavor and something hearty. I toyed with beef stew, chicken parmesan, and pork tenderloin. Brett vetoed stew and tenderloin because, as he put it, “This isn’t a sit down dinner with family.” I ditched the chicken parm idea when I remembered my brand-spankin new beige carpets.

Chili it is. Chili it was.

With nearly two thousand 5-star reviews on, I knew this chili would be the perfect choice for our New Years Eve bash. I browned the meats and put everything into the crockpot that morning, turned it on low, and by 7 pm we had a giNORmous meal awaiting us.

The verdict? Awesome. Even this chili-is-so-so girl loved it! The ingredient list may be long, but don’t let it intimidate you; most are either in your pantry or inexpensive to purchase.

Happy 2011!

Boilermaker Tailgate Chili – adapted from Boilermaker Tailgate Chili on

1 lb ground beef chuck
1 lb beef stew meat
1 lb ground italian sausage
30 oz can chili beans, drained
30 oz spicy chili beans in sauce
6 oz tomato paste
1 large yellow onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 bell peppers, chopped
2 jalepeno peppers, seeded and minced
2 slices bacon
4 cubes beef bouillon
1/2 C beer
1/4 C chili powder
1 TBS worcestershire sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
1 TBS oregano
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp Tabasco
1 tsp basil
pinch of salt and pepper
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp paprika
1 TBS sugar

1. In large saucepan, brown italian sausage. Drain fat and put sausage into crockpot. Brown ground chuck, and add to crockpot. Brown cubed meat (does not need to be cooked through) and add to crockpot. Brown bacon, add to crockpot, and keep the bacon fat in the pan.

2. In the bacon fat, saute the onion, peppers, jalepeno and celery until tender. When tender, saute garlic for one minute. Add vegetables and all other ingredients to the crockpot.

3. Cook on low for at least 6 hours. Taste the chili and adjust flavors as needed.

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