NO Bean Smokey Chili

Hey ya'll!

So, yesterday after reading all the Fall To Do Lists and pumpkin recipes on the blogosphere, I couldn't help but have a hankerin for something Fall...and seeing as it is actually Fall here in Maine, the cold weather lent itself nicely to a Fall induced Chili Craving.

The funny thing about chili is that it's usually loaded down with beans...and sadly, I'm not much of a bean girl. Like, I hate them. All kinds: kidney, black, refried, lima... you name it, I cringe at the thought.

With that being said, it took some major Pinterest research to find a bean free Chili recipe that didn't require two thousand ingredients and 14 trips to the grocery store.
Finally (and thankfully), I stumbled upon this recipe from This Gal Cooks.

After a few tweeks, I whipped up this little number:

After a quick once over, the recipe seemed reasonably doable and while it took me forever to find those damn chipotle peppers in adobo sauce at my local Hannaford's, the rest of the grocery list was pretty simple and store brand/budget friendly.

Here's what you'll need:

2 lbs of ground beef
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced and seeded
A couple of spoonfuls of the adobo sauce
1 small onion, chopped
 1 jalapeƱo, chopped and seeded
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup beer
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp white sugar
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 T unsweetened cocoa powered

In all honesty, this recipe was super easy to basically brown the hamburger with the chopped onion and jalepeno and then dump the rest of the ingredients into the pot.

I was surprised that the recipe called for cocoa powder!

Here's a tip for choosing the beer that you use in the chili: make sure that it's one that you like because you'll only need half a cup...and you'll want to finish the rest while your hard work is simmering away on the stove!

I chose a locally brewed Maine IPA....delicious!

You don't even have to bother with any particular order of the dumping and to be honest, I didn't even bother to measure the spices before I tossed the into the pot.

The recipe also recommends that you simmer the Chili for at least an hour - I wasn't sure when the boys were coming home so mine ended up simmering for close to 2 and a half hours...and it was just as delicious as the batch I taste tested an hour in!

We topped ours with sour cream, green onions, sharp cheddar and saltines

Finished product (delicious!)

Oh and P.S. I whipped up a batch of Jiffy corn muffins just for fun....they were perfect pairing for the chili...and a vehicle for butter, so who can be mad at that??

So easy! Make it, your Man Love will adore you for it, promise!


  1. That does sound weird having cocoa powder in chili, but it looks so good!! Love the "vehicle for butter" quote... haha!:)

  2. That looks amazing but sadly when it's 80+ degrees in Texas I just can't make myself make chili yet :(

  3. YUM!! I can't wait to make my first batch of chili for the fall. I wish it was just cool down already!! We love to add fritos, cheese, and sour cream to our chili! And I love jiffy cornbread! My mom makes this stew and she always pairs it with jiffy cornbread. The cornbread is sweet which offsets the spicy stew. Deeeelicious!

  4. Chili and cornbread is our favorite for the Fall/Winter months! This recipe looks delish. Must try! :)

  5. I hated beans for years!! Just recently deciding I rather like them :) This does look delicious though!

  6. This looks delicious! Definitely going to need to give this a try soon!

  7. Yes I LOVE this. I'm also a no-bean eater, and everyone always looks at me like I'm crazy. It's something about the texture. Blech. My husband makes the best no-bean chili, and the recipe actually looks super similar to this one. We do add some elbow macaroni and use ground turkey. When I was on WW, a huge bowl would be like 4 points, then I would add some saltines, and I was stuffed. If it wasn't 96 degrees here today, I would totally be asking him to make it for me. :)

  8. This makes me so hungry for a baked potato with chili!

  9. Sounds delicious! I just love a good chili when the fall weather kicks in. :)

  10. Yummmm this looks so good! No bean chili is a very Texan thing. It's only ground beef! I love beans in mine but this look delish!

  11. Hey Stephanie,
    I nominated you for the Liebster Award :)

  12. This looks so good but I am a bean LOVER so I'll definitely be recreating it with beans! I love chili at an oyster roast in the Fall!


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