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Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

This Chipotle Chili recipe is beanfree, ultra meaty and has the glorious smokiness of the chipotle peppers.

When the air hits that certain cold temperature and you can see puffs of breath whenever you go outside, you know it’s time for hearty meals. You know, ones that will warm you from the inside out like stews, roasts, chowders … and also chili.

I love chili. It reminds me of ski lodges, chair lifts and snow-covered mountains. When I was younger, I was an avid skier and loved to fold into the lodge between runs for a hot lunch. Among my favorite bits? You guessed it — Chili. I haven’t skied in years, though I would love to.

Anyway, back to the chili. For me, it has to be topped with cheddar cheese and, if it’s spicy, it needs some avocado too.  Shawn likes his with a dollop of sour cream and a big sprinkle of cheddar. Paige isn’t yet a big fan of spiciness, but Will loves it, so he gobbles chili right up. Gosh, I hope Paige discovers a love of spiciness soon.

This chili is beanfree and ultra meaty. It has the glorious smokiness of the chipotle peppers, with the slight sweetness of the red onion. When you take a bite, you are hit with those flavors first, and then a hearty sting of spiciness. It’s divine. If you like chili, that is.

What’s your favorite cold-day meal? Share!

Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

Meat-Lovers Chipotle Chili Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

This Chipotle Chili recipe is beanfree and ultra meaty. It has the glorious smokiness of the chipotle peppers, with the slight sweetness of the red onion.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb beef stew meat, (in chunks)
  • 1 red onion, , peeled
  • 3 cloves garlic, , peeled
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, , plus 1 tsp sauce
  • 1 20 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • Garnish: avocado, , cheddar cheese, sour cream


  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef and the stew meat. Once it's mostly cooked, pour off any excess fat.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the onion, garlic and chipotle in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until everything is chopped up ultra fine (almost smooth). Add the mixture to the pot and stir to combine with the meat. Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water and cumin to the pot. Salt and pepper to your desired taste. Stir and then cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Serve, garnished with cheese, sour cream and/or avocado chunks.


Please note: the recipe calls for one chipotle chili in adobo. Cans of these can be found in the ethnic section of most major supermarkets. DO NOT use the whole can. Simply remove one chili from the can for this recipe. Leftovers can be store in the fridge in an airtight container or pureed and frozen for future use.


Saturday 26th of December 2009

I adore chili on a cold day! I am going to be making mine this next week since it's been so cold lately.


Thursday 24th of December 2009

I made this last night, it was delicious! The avocado the dish complete! Thanks again for sharing!

Sarah Caron

Thursday 24th of December 2009

Sammy, I am so glad you liked it! I loved it best with the avocado too. Mmm. It's a nice cool, smooth component against the spice.

Cate, it has been pretty chilly right?

Cate O'Malley

Thursday 24th of December 2009

Looks perfect for the chilly winds we've been having lately - yum!


Wednesday 23rd of December 2009

sounds yummy! can't wait to try it!

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