Three-Meat Spicy Chili

I’m pretty much in cold weather cooking mode this week. Time-to-hunker-down, it’s-brrrr-cold-outside cooking mode. Time to make three-meat spicy chili! Great meaty flavor, beans, and of course, a spicy kick. I know it’s not ‘traditional’ but I love Italian sausage in chili. Love it!
Three-Meat Spicy ChiliThis chili also is full of one of my other favorite flavors: chipotles in adobo. Chipotles add that great smoky flavor, and just enough heat that you’re going to notice it. The chili comes out rich and flavorful, absolutely perfect for a cool fall day. I make sure to make a big batch of three-meat spicy chili and freeze some of the extra in single-portion containers for easy lunches throughout the week.

Also try my McIlhenny chili. It’s flat-out fantastic too.

Three-Meat Spicy Chili

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 10 -12 servings


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 red bell peppers chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chipotles in adobo sauce chopped, with some of the sauce
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bottle Sam Adams beer
  • 1 16 ounce can dark kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1 16 ounce can light kidney beans, rinsed, drained


  • Crumble the meats into a large Dutch oven or pot over high heat.
  • Cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is browned. Drain any fat that accumulates, if desired.
  • Reduce heat to medium-high.
  • Add the minced garlic, bell peppers, chipotles, onion, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Stir, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the peppers and onion have started to soften.
  • Add the tomatoes and beer. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Add more salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the beans and heat through, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve.

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