Brew and Bean Chili Recipe

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Beer’s not just for drinking anymore! It’s for stewing—or “eco-brewing.” As this chili is sans meat, the beer adds another layer of flavor. My favorite part of the recipe, though, is how fast it is to fix. My carbon footprint appreciates that and yours will, too.

(Adapted from Big Green Cookbook by Jackie Newgent, RD)

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Servings: 4 Servings (1 1/4 cups each)


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  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion

  • 1 small jalapeno, with some seeds, minced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 1/2 cup locally brewed beer
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic black or white beans, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded organic or locally produced Monterey jack or sharp Cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and jalapeño. Sauté until the onions are softened, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, beer, chili powder, and cinnamon and increase the heat to high. Bring to a full boil and boil for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the beans and salt and return to a boil. Cover and turn off the heat.
  4. Let “lid cook” (cook covered while the burner is off) until flavors are combined, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Stir in the cilantro. Top with the cheese (if using) and serve.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 292g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 209  
Calories from Fat 72 34%
Total Fat 8.14g 10%
Saturated Fat 1.53g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 907mg 38%
Potassium 580mg 17%
Total Carbs 26.98g 7%
Dietary Fiber 8.4g 28%
Sugars 4.92g 3%
Protein 8.64g 14%
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  • John Spottiswood
    April 21, 2013
    This looks really good, Jackie. I'm going to save this to my recipe box and give it a try over the next few weeks. Nice photo, too!
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