I love a good dark beer, and Guiness is about as dark as it gets. In the 1920’s, it was actually advertised as a healthy beverage.

guiness healthy

This wouldn’t work today of course but as far as alcoholic beverages go, it is one of the healthier ones. Here is an article arguing the health values even today. I have had a licensed medical professional tell me that you could survive off Guiness and oranges because the only essential nutrient missing is vitamin C. Anyone willing to try that please let me know how it goes.

Today’s chili will be a very basic, simple recipe. We are just adding black beer. Any dark beer would work, but Guiness is the best. Be sure to use stout and not draught.

Brown the meat with the chopped onions and garlic. Add salt, pepper, cumin, and dark brown sugar to taste. Be sure to drain and rinse the beans before adding them. Also, drain all fat from the browned meat. This is a thick chili and the beer will add all the moisture you need. Add the beans with the fire-roasted tomatoes.

To finish this recipe off, add one 12-oz. bottle of beer and just let it simmer for at least 30 minutes.

finished product guiness

As a side note, if you’re worried about feeding this to pregnant women and children, don’t. The alcohol burns off in the cooking process. There you go..simple and tasty. Top with cheddar and sour cream if you want. If you try it, I hope you enjoy it.



2 lb. Lean ground beef

1 whole chopped onion

3 oz. minced garlic

1 can dark red kidney beans

1 can black beans

2 cans fire roasted tomatoes

dark brown sugar to taste

salt and pepper to taste

cumin to taste

1 bottle of black beer

cheddar and sour cream topping (optional)

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