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Church in Chili recipe!

This is a family recipe, but i'm not going to write a 10 page prologue. I am using a German Porter - "Married to The Sea" from Church Brewing. You want a thick dark beer and by using this delicious beer from Church Brewery - youre supporting local!

Married to The Sea is a - A black beer with deep copper hues and a thick tan head. The aromas boast sweetened coffee, chicory, milk chocolate, and a light bready character. The flavour is a clean medium roast coffee, with hints of caramel, cocoa nibs, and malt chocolate. All of these add so much flavour to the chili.


4 hour slow cooker

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes (I used the 796 ML Unico with italian spices)

  • 1 can of tomato paste (I used unico 156 ML)

  • 1 cup of Married to The Sea (feel free to drink the rest - its delicious!)

  • 1/2 cup of red kidney beans ( you can add more.. I dont like beans in my chili!)

  • 1 sachet of oxo beef bouillon

  • 5 TBSP chili powder

  • 1 TBSP smoked paprika (I find this is the most important.. SMOKED PEPRIKA!)

  • 1 TBSP Italian seasoning

  • 1 TBSP cumin

  • 1 TBSP sugar (helps cut the acidity trust me)

  • 1 TSP grama masala

  • 1/2 TSP cayenne pepper

  • 1/4 TSP chili flakes (more or less depending on your desired taste)


I like to also mix in a TON of veggies in a food processor and mix it as a smoothie. I find this adds a good texture and you can’t even see the veggies in the chili I added bell peppers, carrots, celery, red onion and 4 garlic cloves. Mix mix mix until it’s creamy and carefully dump out the water if you can (no stress if you can’t). You could also just used cut up veggies. The food processor is something new i've learned to do since my accident because I couldnt cut the veggies up as fine as I wanted them.


Last 30 mins - For the beef (or minced turkey both work well) I like to cook it and put it in the slow cooker in the last 30 mins. The amount of beef is up to you. I like to use a limited amount of beef.

I season it with salt, pepper and a bit of garlic seasoning. I put this in after because i find that the meat gets mushy.. again I’m not a chef.


I love garnishing with cilantro & green onions but you can leave this out. It adds so much flavour though!


To learn more about this delicious German Porter - https://churchbrewing.ca/beers/married-to-the-sea/?v=61c1ee440e51

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