Easy chunky beef crockpot chili is made with chuck roast, beans and beer and cooked until tender for a deliciously sweet & spicy chili recipe.
Nothing beats a bowl of hearty chili topped with sour cream and cheese and served with a big ol’ hunk of cornbread…especially on a cold day.
This chunky beef crockpot chili is made with a chuck roast that gets rubbed with a mixture of coffee grinds, cocoa and chili powder, seared until perfectly browned, then placed in the crockpot along with tomatoes, beans, sweet potatoes, chipotle peppers, onions and beer. It’s cooked low and slow until the meat is fall apart tender.
…Flavor town here we come.
I know the coffee and cocoa might sound a little weird, but I promise you these two flavors go amazing with red meat. Along with the usual chili flavors, it’s a match made in heaven.
What makes this chili recipe so flavorful?
- Using a whole chuck roast that’s cut into 1″ pieces rather than ground beef gives this chili extra flavor. The chuck roast is a fattier beef and fat=flavor!
- The dry rub for the chuck roast is made with several different spices like cocoa, chili powder, coffee grinds, paprika, and oregano.
- Brown sugar is used for a little sweetness to balance out the spice.
- Browning the meat before adding it to your crockpot is a MUST. Not only does it give great flavor, but it locks in all the juices, keeping the meat tender
- Adding beer also keeps the meat tender and adds awesome flavor!
What spices are used in this chili recipe?
- Cocoa powder
- Ground coffee
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
Other Ingredients used in this chili recipe:
- Beans (I prefer Kidney and Pinto)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Diced Tomatoes
- Chipotle Pepper
- Other good stuff to add: diced bell peppers, corn or jalapeno if you prefer extra spice!
What can you use instead of chuck roast?
Chuck roast is perfect for slow cooking because it has a nice ratio of fat:meat giving your dish flavor and keeping it tender.
Some other cuts of meat that are great for slow cooking are: rump roast, bottom round, or brisket would all work in this recipe.
This chili makes the perfect sunday football recipe! I brought this to a football game last year where we tailgated and it was a big hit.
One of those comfort food recipes that keep you nice and warm on a cool winter day.
Be sure to make some homemade cornbread to go with it too. Some other add-ins I like are chopped red onions, sour cream and shredded cheese.
The best part about making this in the crockpot is that you can keep it on the "warm setting" so it stays nice and hot when ready to eat :).