Sam Adams Pumpkin Beer Chili


1 pound ground meat

1 green bell pepper (chopped)

1 medium yellow onion (chopped)

2 cloves garlic

12 ounces Samuel Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale

28 ounces crushed tomatoes, unsalted

15 ounces pureed pumpkin

15 ounces white kidney beans (drained and rinsed)

15 ounces black beans (drained and rinsed)

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon oregano

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1 teaspoon cinnamon



In large skillet over medium high heat, brown ground beef with chopped onion and bell pepper until meat is slightly browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Add minced garlic, stir, and cook for a couple more minutes. Add Jack-O pumpkin ale to meat mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to allow any browned bits at the bottom of the pan to release. Add mixture to large slow cooker.

Add remaining ingredients to crockpot. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-8 hours.

Before serving, use a potato masher to mash up some of the beans and continue to mash until your chili is as thick as you like. Garnish with freshly grated sharp cheddar and cornbread.