The Sky is Dark and So’s the Beer in My Chili (Or How to Make Simple Stout Chili)

I love love love thunderstorms. And thunderstorms are incredibly rare in LA. In my 11 years here, I can remember maybe six of them. Total. So, you can imagine my excitement when I awoke to an ominously black sky today — particularly when it was accompanied by a few claps of thunder and a light drizzle.

This sort of thing almost never happens here.

Sadly, the storm hasn’t really materialized in the way I wish it would, but we still have newscasters talking about “flash flood warnings.”

Flash floods.

From about a ¼” of rain.

So, I find this patently ridiculous, but I’m happily embracing the gloomy day. And fantasizing about lightning.

Couldn’t you picture some bolts of lightening here? We really should have lightening. It would be better with lightening.

Because today’s dark sky also brought the first hint of fall temperatures yet, I decided it was the perfect day to make a pot of chili.

This chili is easy to make, and it’s perfect for a dark and stormy night. Or a dark and sorta stormy night.

Simple Stout Chili
1 lb of ground beef
1 medium onion, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
16 oz can of Murphy’s Irish Stout, or other dark stout
2 15 ounce cans of pinto beans, with liquid
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T chili powder
1 tsp cumin
¼ C jalapeno slices, finely diced, with liquid
14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste

Brown the meat in a large, heavy pot over medium high heat, about 3-5 minutes. Remove excess fat from the meat, if you wish. Add onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or until onion is slightly soft.

Add remaining ingredients, and allow the chili to simmer for at least 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

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4 thoughts on “The Sky is Dark and So’s the Beer in My Chili (Or How to Make Simple Stout Chili)

  1. Your “flash flood” warnings sound like when they close down all offices when there is literally a few flakes of snow here! And of course us mid-westerners refuse to drive on the road despite knowing how because Texans freak the —- out with the thought of snowfall!

    Anyway — like the idea of the stout in the chili! Stout generally makes anything better! 🙂

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