Pumpkin Ale Chili

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Author Notes: Two cold weather favorites, pumpkin and chili, cozy up together in this warm and hearty pumpkin chili. Ethel B. | eating in instead

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Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 fresh jalepeno pepper, minced
  • 2 cans, 15 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 12 ounces pumpkin ale of your choice
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes with juices
  • 15 pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Avocados, chopped into large chunks
  • 1 cup sour cream or greek yogurt, optional
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro or flat leaf parsley, for serving
  1. In a large heavy bottom pan or dutch oven over medium high heat, add the oil and ground beef and begin to brown the beef. Stir consistently with a wooden spoon to ensure the beef breaks up and no large chunks form.
  2. After 3-4 minutes, add the onions and garlic.
  3. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, then add the peppers and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Once the peppers start to soften, add all of the beans and all of the spices, including the salt and pepper.
  5. Mix and combine all the ingredients thoroughly and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the bottle of beer, do this carefully so the beer does not get too foamy, and simmer over the edge of your pot.
  7. Mix everything well until the beer comes to a simmer, then turn the heat to medium and allow everything to simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  8. Add the crushed tomatoes and pumpkin puree, mix them in well, and turn the heat back up to medium high and bring the chili to a low boil.
  9. Turn the heat down to medium low and allow the chili to simmer partially covered, and stirring occasionally for 30-45 minutes. If the mixture is too thick while simmering, add ½ to 1 cup of water as needed.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste, and serve with fresh avocados, sour cream, and freshly chopped cilantro

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