Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic

Dive into the rich and smoky flavors of our Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili. This recipe takes the classic chili to new heights with the addition of chipotle peppers and a blend of savory spices. Perfect for chili lovers looking to add a smoky twist to their culinary repertoire.


Chili is a beloved dish known for its versatility and rich flavors. Our Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili recipe brings a delightful twist to this classic, incorporating the deep, smoky flavor of chipotle peppers. This dish is not just a meal; it’s a celebration of bold flavors and comforting warmth.

The Recipe: Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (12 oz) beer (preferably a dark stout or ale)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce for an extra kick


  1. Brown the Beef: In a large pot, cook the ground beef over medium heat until browned. Drain excess fat.
  2. Sauté the Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add Chipotle and Spices: Stir in the chipotle peppers, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes to release the flavors.
  4. Combine with Tomatoes and Beer: Pour in the crushed tomatoes and beer. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Simmer: Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add Beans: Add the kidney beans and continue to simmer for another 30 minutes.
  7. Final Touches: Adjust seasoning to taste. For an extra layer of heat and flavor, stir in a few dashes of Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce.
  8. Serve: Serve hot with your choice of toppings such as sour cream, cheese, or green onions.

Why Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce?

Enhance your Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili with the unique flavor of Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce. This artisanal sauce, made from peppers grown in community gardens across America, not only adds a perfect kick to your chili but also supports a great cause. Each bottle you purchase helps support the gardens and the gardeners who grow these flavorful peppers. It’s a delicious way to make a difference!


This Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili is perfect for a cozy night in or for impressing guests at your next gathering. Its rich, smoky flavor, combined with the heat and depth of Small Axe Peppers Hot Sauce, makes it a dish that’s sure to please any chili lover. So, gather your ingredients and get ready to enjoy a bowl of hearty, flavorful chili that’s bursting with character.