Vegan Beer Chili

We all know Shaun likes cooking with beer, and we all know Shaun likes throwing everything into one pot. The apex of his cooking career? Throwing everything into one pot…with beer. We present: vegan beer chili. His best recipe yet.

the gift of awesome chili.

crock pot magic.

The chili cooked in Starr Hill’s The Gift [winter lager] while we went to class and the gym, and when we returned home, the house smelled like heaven. This is definitely a great tailgating/Superbowl/bring-to-a-winter-party dish, particularly because of the inexpensive ingredients and easy preparation. Shaun got the spice mix perfect, and his mom’s home-canned tomatoes were the best addition.

As good students do, we served our beer with a side of beer: the last two bottles of our coveted Dogfish Head Punkin Ale [$12/4 pack].

we used to call grady dogfish because he walked funny.

Dogfish’s pumpkin ale is hands-down the best one out there, and the hardest one to come by. Most restaurants run out of it by mid-October, so we snagged this at Whole Foods in late September and stowed it away until now. Hey, instead of bread, we had beer. Fair trade-off.

don't tell new belgium.

that we're traitors.

This chili kept us full on our OH SO FREEZING walk to The Southern for the A. A. Bondy show last night… but that’s the subject of another post.

We just finished stowing away our amazing Polyface turkeys. They’re gorgeous. Mine clocked in at 18.6 pounds [we have a lot of family over for Thanksgiving], and Shaun’s at 11.4. Now, we’re heading out for a long walk with Grady, because I am hurting from my cardio/weights class at AFC yesterday. My hip adductor muscles never make it out of that class alive, because I rarely pay attention to them in any other workout. I guess that’s good – minus the waddling. Then, Alhamraa for dinner [Moorish/Moroccan tapas]. This place has been on our short list, and when a professor told us they’re hurting for business, we thought we’d better try the place sooner rather than later. Waddle on.

Vegan Beer Chili (Vegan, Vegetarian)

Prep Time: 5-6 hours

Serves: 4-6

Tools: Crock Pot


  • One container soy meat crumbles
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 jar canned tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar (we used Splenda)
  • Pinch of crushed coriander seeds
  • Pinch of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce, used liberally
  • 1 bottle hellerbock beer (A winter lager, like Starr Hill’s The Gift)


Put everything into the crock pot, stir, cook on low for 5-6 hours (or high for less, if you have less time). Don’t you just love the instructions for Shaun’s recipes?


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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