Chuck Wagon Chili

 Emerils Chuck Wagon Chili Recipe |
Yesterday I had a heck of a To-Do list and knew I would be running out the door at dinner time.  Those nights usually call for the trusty slow cooker.  So I poured through Emeril’s new cookbook for a slow cooker recipe.  “Emeril’s Chuck Wagon Chili” fit the bill.  The ingredient list is simple and readily available and the result….well let’s just say that this Chili will spin your spurs for sure.  It’s rich, meaty and has a nice fire that any good chili should possess.  6 hours of low and slow and you’ll have a hearty dinner for game night or any other time for that matter.  It’s the last recipe in Emeril’s new book “Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders” and there’s good reason – he was saving the best for last.  When you get the book, make sure you turn there first and bookmark it.  This will definitely be a staple in our house from now on and probably yours too.


Emeril’s One-Pot Blogger Party: Chuck Wagon Chili – Post 6

Yield: 4-6 Servings

Emeril's recipe for Chuck Wagon Chili from the One Pot Wonders cookbook


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Emeril's Southwest Essence
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles dark beer
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, crushed, with juices
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 -ounce semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons masa harina
  • Grated Cheddar, for garnish
  • Finely chopped green onions, for garnish
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add the beef, chili powder, cumin, Southwest Essence, cayenne, cinnamon, crushed red pepper and bay leaf and cook until meat is well-browned. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until the onions soften, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the beers and cook until the foam subsides, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, salt, and chocolate to the pot. Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, partially cover, and cook until thickened and meat is very tender, 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Skim off any fat that rises to the top of the chili. Sprinkle soup with masa harina and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary. Serve with the cheese, green onions, and cilantro alongside as garnish.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

  • herbal products
    March 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    That is certainly enticing. I love the health benefits that the bowl will give you. For one, it is good for the heart.

  • Katmom
    September 27, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Is it to late for a bowl of this yummy chili?
    It’s perfect chili weather today!

    September 26, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Yay for chili season! This looks fantastic!

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    September 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    This looks so great! Love the photos–and the beer pairing! What goes better with chili than beer?

  • Donna Currie
    September 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    This one’s on my list, too. My husband read the recipe and said it’s one that I absolutely have to make. Sounds good to me!

  • Nelly Rodriguez
    September 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Mmhm, chili is like the ultimate fall food!

  • marla
    September 24, 2011 at 5:37 am

    This chili looks awesome! Would make lots to enjoy leftovers πŸ™‚
    Have you joined us at Project Lunch Box yet? This post would be a great link up

  • Tracey
    September 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

    This one is on my short list too! Chili is such a great fall food. Glad you tried it out for us πŸ™‚

  • diabeticFoodie
    September 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I have a tried and true slow cooker chili recipe that I love, but maybe I’ll need to make both and do a taste test. Looks terrific!

  • susanb145
    September 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Love love Chili! Hope to try this weekend!Yours looks fabulous!

    September 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Love chili, especially when the weather turns cold. This looks great!