Chipotle Stout and Chorizo Chili Topped with Pork Rinds


I’m so glad I can share this recipe with you. I’ve been working like a crazy person to develop and test recipes that I fall in love with but I can’t share them with you because I need to save them for the cookbook.

And, of course, I’m putting a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to make each recipe a home run.

Because once you buy the book, and actually pay for the recipes, I want them all to be amazing. This, my friend, is a huge amount of pressure on me and the limits of my culinary creativity.

But then I get these crazy ideas, like putting crushed Chicharrones on top of chili and I can’t even wait to share it. I have to post it as soon as possible, even pushing back a more “seasonally appropriate” post because I want to show you this.

And Chorizo, with its spice and fatty goodness, is perfect in chili. In fact, I pretty much raided the “C” section of my local Mexican food market (there isn’t a “C” section, by the way, but there should be) to bring you a dish with chipotle, chorizo, chicharrones, cilantro, cheddar and cumin.

 And then I ate three bowls before I could even share it with anyone.

If I was planning on tailgating anytime soon, I would make this in huge vats.

And if you are a “beans in your chili” kind of guy, go ahead and throw some in, I won’t mind.

Or add some sour cream, if that’s your thing.

Chipotle Stout and Chorizo Chili Topped with Pork Rinds


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • ½ white onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped, stem and seeds removed
  • 6 oz chorizo, raw, removed from casing
  • 1 lb ground beef chuck (80/20 lean to fat)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Chipotle Stout
  • 14 oz stewed diced tomatoes (canned is fine)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo (from can), minced plus more if desired
  • 1 tsp adobo sauce
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • Toppings:
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups Chicharrones (pork rinds), lightly crushed
  • (Makes 4-6 servings)


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook until onion softens but isn’t browned, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chorizo and beef, cook until meat starts to brown. Add the garlic and stir.
  3. Add the beer, diced tomatoes, one chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, smoked paprika, pepper, cumin and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes, until thickened. Add additional chipotle peppers as desired to raise heat level.
  4. Pour into bowls, top with cilantro, cheddar and Chicharrones.




32 thoughts on “Chipotle Stout and Chorizo Chili Topped with Pork Rinds

    1. Stone makes a great smoked porter with chipotle peppers. Bootleggers makes a coffee and chipotle stout called Black Phoenix, but I don’t think they distribute out of Southern California. Mikkeller makes a great one called Texas Ranger. Rogue makes a Chipotle Ale, but it isn’t a stout.

  1. I wouldn’t be able to keep this one a secret either! Holy crap. I’ve been dying to find a Chipotle Stout since you first posted a recipe using one. I would love to make this once I do! (especially since I have a bean-hating boyfriend who won’t eat my regular beer-filled chili!)

    1. The 12.12.12 comes out this weekend, I believe. I can’t wait to get my hands on the last version in the series.

  2. Ok, first off…you had this southern girl at pork rinds. And 2nd? Holy crap chorizo in chili, how have I never thought of this before?!? And for your cookcook, hurry up! I can’t wait to have it in hand 😉

  3. I can’t find anyone in my area who sells a Chipotle Stout….Can your recommend another type of Stout that might be a good substitute?

    1. The easiest to get, if you can’t find anything from a local brewery, are the ones from Rogue and Stone. The Rogue Chipotle Ale isn’t a stout, but it will work well. And the Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers is fabulous. If you can’t find either a stout with coffee notes will work as well.

  4. Hi there! This recipe sounds amazing – do you think this could be adapted for a slow cooker? I’d love to try this out for an upcoming potluck at my office. Thanks!

    1. I really don’t know. To be honest, I think slow cookers tend to muddy flavors a bit. If you try it, let me know how it goes!

  5. Made this today. It is fantastic!! Wonderfully smoky with a kick. Added extra chipotle because….Louisiana girl. Couldn’t find chipotle stout so I used half Rogue Chipotle Ale and half Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout. It’s perfect!!

  6. I made this with a few extra ounces of chorizo, the addition of a can of red beans and Molé Stout by Ska Brewing. It was SO good. Highly recommend this recipe, though I will probably add even MORE chorizo next time.

  7. This is a wonderful recipe! I did alter it a bit, I didn’t have any Stout in my fridge so I used Thorn Brewing Barrio Lager. My package of chorizo was 8 ounces so I just used the whole thing and I also added a can of pinto beans and extra Chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. The smokey flavor was fabulous!

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