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Braised Five Alarm Chili

Traeger’s Braised Five Alarm Chili has the flavor the size of Texas. You simply stir beef and peppers into a tomato and beer-based chili and slow cook it over hickory. What could be better?


2 bottles Stout Beer
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 small onions, diced
1 small red onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
2 small cans chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, strained and rinsed
2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, strained and rinsed
2 (28 oz) cans plum tomatoes with juices
2 (28 oz) cans chopped tomatoes with juices
2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup chili powder
1/3 cup cumin
1/4 cup dry oregano
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 bar of chocolate, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste


When ready to cook, start the Traeger according to grill instructions. Set the temperature to 325 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

On the stove-top, preheat a Dutch oven. Chop meat and generously season on all sides with salt and pepper.

Add 2 tbsp of the olive oil to the Dutch oven and brown beef on all sides, working in two batches as not to crowd the pan.

After browning the meat, add beer to the Dutch oven and cover until it comes to a boil.

In a separate pan on the stovetop, add 1 tbsp olive oil, onion and garlic and sauté until slightly browned and translucent. Add peppers and cook for about 10 minutes or until they begin to soften.

Add the onions and peppers to the meat and beer mixture. Then add the beans, tomatoes, chipotle peppers and seasoning. Cover with lid and let come to a simmer.

Transfer the Dutch over to the Traeger grill and cook at 325 degrees F uncovered, for 3 hours or until the beef is extremely tender.

Add tomato paste and stir. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

Finely chop the chocolate bar and add to the chili at the last minute, stirring thoroughly. Serve hot. Enjoy!

Recipe and photo from Traeger.