Photo: Taste of Home

Photo: Taste of Home


  • 2 lbs ground beef or venison (I prefer the deer meat :))
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-15 oz. can pinto beans (or two if you like beans)
  • 2-11.5 oz. cans Ro-Tel (It’s canned diced tomatoes and green chiles. If you don’t have Ro-Tel, you can use 2 cans diced tomatoes and add another can of diced green chiles.)
  • 1-6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup beer (Dark Amber Beer, the alcohol cooks off.)
  • 2 tsp chili powder, more/less to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt to taste


  1. Chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Brown the ground beef/venison with the onion and the garlic until no pink remains.
  3. Put browned meat with other ingredients into crock pot or slow cooker, give it a good stir, and leave to cook on low for 8-9 hours or high for 4-6. (I think it’s better when it’s cooked on low, and even better if you eat it the next day).
  4. Serve to your family, friends or missionaries topped with an option of sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped cilantro, diced onions and crumbled tortilla chips and watch it disappear.

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