Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans (For a Crowd)

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1 hour 17 minutes
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Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans is scaled for a crowd and perfect for a party! With roasted poblano peppers, spices and a hint of red wine, this is soon to be your new favorite chili!

Photo of Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans in a bowl on brown burlap garnished with avocado, sour cream, cheese and cilantro.

The inspiration behind this recipe:

After a weekend of decorating for Christmas, I told my husband it would be nice if someone could see my decorations.  (Sniff, feels sorry for self.)  Except for my stepkids and grandkids, we don’t have any other family in the area and no one was coming from the icy north to visit.  We also didn’t have any parties planned, so it seemed I was only decorating for the two of us and the kids.

So to fix that, we decided to have a party!  Naturally, the chef in me begins planning an elegant soiree with a stunning buffet of top-notch menu items like beef tenderloin, shrimp, gorgeous appetizers, etc., etc.

Upon informing my husband of the menu I was planning, I could see the potential stress (and cost) of it all immediately pass before my husband’s beautiful blue eyes.  He preferred simple and casual and back down to earth I came.

So, simple and casual it was and Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans was born.  The rest of the menu consisted of my Sweet and Tangy Barbecue Chicken Sliders, coleslaw for the sliders, potato skins, salad, cheese and charcuterie board.  Everyone asked what they could bring and we let them do it.  Some brought appetizers, some brought dessert.  A good time was had by all and this chili was a hit!

What is chorizo?

This was the first time I had ever used chorizo in chili and it certainly won’t be the last!  I love chorizo and it’s fast becoming one of my favorite ingredients.

  • There are two varieties:
    • Mexican which is fresh and raw
    • Spanish which is cured and some types can be quite dry
  • True chorizo is made with pork, although it’s now possible to buy chicken chorizo

You’ll want to use fresh, raw Mexican chorizo for this chili.  Spanish chorizo is best served as part of something like a charcuterie board or tapas menu.  The two are not interchangeable.

Photo of Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans in blue clay bowl garnished with cilantro.

Now, I’m fully aware of the big beans/no-beans-in-chili debate.  I like beans in chili–especially black beans.  I like the texture variation beans provide to all that meat.  And yes, canned beans are just fine.  Just be sure to drain and rinse them thoroughly before adding to the chili.

This was also the first time I used red wine in chili and it sure won’t be the last!

And poblanos!  Had to use poblanos since we had such a bumper crop.  I had them already roasted in the freezer so all I needed to do was thaw and chop.  Roast the poblanos if you have the time and ambition.  I like to roast them for another level of flavor and to get the skin off, but with all the other vibrant flavors and textures in this chili along with the lengthy cooking time, unroasted and unpeeled is just fine.

Photo of a spoonful of chili being lifted out of bowl with cast iron ladle.
Photo of finished chili being served up in Mexican-style bowl with cast iron ladle.

I made two good-sized pots of this beef and chorizo chili.  We had a total of 16 people and only one pot was consumed.  We also had tons of other food so the servings everyone dished up were probably half the size they would have taken if the chili was the main course with only a side dish or two.  You should get about 12 hearty servings from each pot.

This beef and chorizo chili for a crowd is perfect to make ahead of time (which is what I did).  Cool thoroughly then refrigerate to allow all these lively flavors get to know one another.  If serving the same day, I like to let it rest a little bit before serving.

Photo of chili in Mexican-style bowl garnished with avocado, sour cream and cheese.

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Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans (For a Crowd)

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Beef and Chorizo Chili with Black Beans is scaled for a crowd and perfect for a party! With roasted poblano peppers, spices and a hint of red wine, this is soon to be your new favorite chili!
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 17 minutes
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 20
Calories 341 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 2 pounds fresh Mexican chorizo - casings removed if using links
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil - or vegetable oil
  • 3 large onions - chopped
  • 6 stalks celery - chopped
  • 2 large green bell peppers - chopped
  • 4 large Poblano peppers - roasted if desired and chopped
  • 1 head garlic - cloves separated, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chili powder - hot, medium or mild
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican oregano
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 6 cups beef broth - or as needed
  • 2 cans (each 28-ounce) tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (each 15-ounce) diced fire-roasted tomatoes - undrained
  • 4 cans (each 15-ounce) black beans - drained and rinsed (or more if you like it with more beans)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1 bunch cilantro - chopped
  • Cheese, sour cream, avocado, red onion, etc. - as desired

Instructions
 

  • Brown the beef and chorizo in a large skillet until thoroughly cooked (separately or together). Drain off excess grease and set aside.

WORKING WITH TWO LARGE POTS OR DUTCH OVENS:

  • Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 5-7 minutes or until beginning to soften.
  • Add the celery, green bell pepper and Poblanos (if using unroasted). Continue cooking over medium-low heat until the vegetables are very tender, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and spices and stir until garlic is fragrant, 10-15 seconds.
  • Add the wine, bring to a boil and reduce by half.
  • Add beef broth, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Bring back up to a simmer and add the meat back in. Cover with the lid slightly ajar and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat as necessary so the bottom doesn't burn.
  • Add the beans and heat through. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and adjust the other seasoning as desired.
  • Stir in cilantro. Let chili "rest" for 15 minutes before serving. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, red onion or other toppings as desired.

Recipe Notes

If roasting and peeling the Poblanos, add them in when adding the liquid ingredients as they’ll be cooked already.
MAKE AHEAD:  Can be made 1-2 days ahead of time.  Reheat on low heat on the stovetop.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY:  Place in airtight containers in quality desired.  Freeze 1-2 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator or microwave.  Reheat on low heat on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Calories: 341kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1092mg | Potassium: 520mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2263IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 4mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this chili and won a Chili cook-off with it! I left out the celery and added fresh jalapenos with 1/2 jar of smoked chipotles instead (because that’s what I had on hand). It was a huge hit!! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ella! Hope you enjoy! I haven’t done chili in an electric pressure cooker yet. I think slow-simmering gives the chili a bit more flavor intensity. Please check back and let me know how it goes! Thanks again!