Chili for Chilling Out

Nothing warms up a party like a hearty bowl of chili. This Rackhouse recipe, a big batch for a big crowd, will have everyone in comfort food heaven.

A bowl of chili and some spilled green onions.
Photo by Cassandra Stiltner

The Rackhouse Lager Chili

Makes 5 quarts
Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs. whole peeled tomatoes, canned
2 onions, diced
1/4 c. garlic
1/4 lb. bacon
2 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 1/2 lbs. beef lobes
3/4 c. chili powder
1 tbsp. celery salt
2 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tbsp. coarse black pepper
1 tbsp. ancho chili powder
1 quart lager beer
2 1/2 lbs. canned black beans
2 1/2 lbs. canned red beans
Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, bread cubes

Directions
Crush tomatoes until chunky; set aside. Cook onions, bacon, and garlic in a 10-quart pot on medium-high heat until onions are translucent. Add ground beef and beef lobes to onion mixture; cook until browned. Add all remaining ingredients except beans; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Add beans and cool in an ice bath.

The Rackhouse
2875 Blake St.