Deschutes Brewing is one of my most favorite American breweries. Hands down I will always pick one of their beers over another brewery. I have also converted many novice beer drinkers I know into Deschutes drinkers. Deschutes, you’re welcome.
Although they are not the only brewery who’s pub menu is filled with tasty beer inspired foods, Deschutes is generous enough to post their recipes online and for that I thank them. This recipe was slightly adapted from Deschutes Jubelale Chili recipe.
The Jubelale is a seasonable beer offered from September to December each year. When I decided to make this recipe it wasn’t Jubelale season 🙁 Instead I used a homebrew, my Happy Holiday Ale. It is comparable to the Jubelale – a thick, velvety texture with spicy undertones. But if you can get your hands on some Jubelale I recommend making this chili with it… that is if you can keep yourself from drinking it all first. It’s delightful.
For the recipe you will need the following:
12 oz of Jubelale (or a winter ale that is spicy)
1 pound ground turkey or beer (I used beef)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of black beans
1 can of chili beans
1 cup of chicken broth or water
2 teaspoons of chili powder
2 teaspoons of cumin
2 tablespoons of cilantro (I omitted because I can’t stand cilantro!)
the following will all need to be diced
1 poblano pepper (I used a green pepper as I did not have a poblano available)
1 red pepper
1 yellow onion
1 jalapeno (no seeds)
Brown the meat and place in a crock pot with the beer. Let the meat soak in the beer while you are cutting up the veggies.
Chop the veggies like you have never chopped before.
Combine the veggies in with the meat and beer. Add the cans of beans and mix everything together well inside the crock pot.
Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours stirring occasionally. Personally I would keep an eye on the chili as I cooked on high and it was finished in about 3 hours. Probably depends on the crockpot.
Enjoy! I will say that letting the chili sit overnight, allowing the spices to all mingle together, was a delightful outcome.
There is a saying to not pair the same beer you are drinking with the same beer you made the food with, but in all seriousness these people probably never have had a Jubelale. Pair them up and you’ll be your own new best friend!