Course: Entree
Beer Style: Pumpkin Beer

Pumpkin Ale Chili

This pumpkin ale chili has it all. Beer, pork, beans, peppers, and a dollop of pumpkin yogurt adds the perfect balance of sweetness to the chili, which pairs perfectly with your favorite porter.


4 lbs pork shoulder, trimmed and cubed into 1/2" pieces
  • 24 oz of your favorite pumpkin ale
  • 1.5 cans pumpkin puree or pure pumpkin
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 2-3 serrano peppers, stemmed, seeded and diced
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers, diced with adobo sauce
  • 1/3-1/2 cup fresh ground chili powder (adjust to your taste)
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp mexican oregano
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice
  • 1/2-1 oz bakers chocolate, finely chopped
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • pinch of cayenne
  • flour for dusting

  • Directions

    1. To make this pumpkin ale chili, place a large dutch oven over med-high heat. Add a bit of oil. Dust pork with flour. Toss pork into dutch oven and brown in batches.
    2. Drain. Add pork back in the dutch oven. Add in the beer, 1 tsp mexican oregano, chile powder, and chipotle peppers with sauce. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
    3. While pork is simmering, in another skillet over med-high heat, add in the poblano, serrano, garlic, onion, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 7-8 minuntes, until soft. Add in tomatoes and pumpkin puree. Cook for another 5-6 minutes.
    4. Dump veggie mixture into pork mixture. Add in remaining oregano. Simmer for 2 hours.
    5. After 2 hours, add in all the beans and most of the pumpkin spice. Then add in 1/2 oz of chocolate. Cook for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust. Both chocolate and pumpkin spice go a long way. So add in a bit at a time after, taste, and adjust if you need.
    6. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with a dollop of pumpkin yogurt (mix 1 cup greek yogurt, 1/4 cup pumpkin puree, pinch of cinnamon). And remember, chili is always better the next day.

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