The BEST Smoky Chipotle Beef Chili

Smoky chipotle beef chili with whole chiles and two types of beef.

  • Author: The Diasporic Dish
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



For the stew beef marinade:

  • 1 lb stew beef, cubed into bite-sized pieces

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 tsp Adobo seasoning

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 2 tbsp olive oil


For the chili:

  • Marinated stew beef (see above)

  • 1 ½ lbs ground sirloin

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp Adobo seasoning

  • 2 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tsp onion powder

  • 3 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp dry mustard

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers, diced

  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup tomato paste

  • 4 chile de arbol peppers, rehydrated and diced (see note 1)

  • 1/2 shrimp maggi cube

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 14 ounce can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 4 chipotles in adobo, diced
  • 14 ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 4 ½ cups of beef broth (I used homemade, but store bought is fine)

  • Parsley

  • ½  tsp lime juice


For the garnish:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese

  • Sour cream

  • Green onions, diced


  1. Marinate stew beef in a mixture of olive oil, kosher salt, and spices for one hour. marinated stew beef
  2. Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat with a tbsp of vegetable oil. Sear the stew beef and remove from the pot.
  3. Add 1/2 tbsp of vegetable oil to the pot. Brown the grown beef for 5 minutes without touching it.
  4. Break the ground beef into pieces and season with salt, pepper, and a tsp each of Adobo seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, and thyme. Allow it to brown completely, then remove it from the pot.  
  5. Add ½ tbsp of vegetable oil to the pot. Saute the onion, red bell pepper, scotch bonnet peppers and garlic in the pot along with salt and pepper.  
  6. Season the vegetable mixture with 2 teaspoons cumin and a teaspoon each of dry mustard and thyme. 
  7. Add in ¼ cup tomato paste, rehydrated chili de arbol peppers, maggi, and bay leaves. chipotle beef chili ingredients
  8. Add in strained ground beef, seared stew meat, kidney beans, and chipotles in adobo sauce.
  9. Add 14 oz diced tomatoes, tsp worcestershire sauce, tbsp brown sugar, tsp each of garlic and onion powder.
  10. Add 2.5 cups of beef broth and simmer covered for 1 hour and 15 minutes. chipotle beef chili almost ready
  11. Add 2 cups of beef broth and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes. 
  12. Remove from heat. Stir in lime juice and parsley.   
  13. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, and green onions.


  1. To rehydrate dried chiles, pour boiling water over them and cover for 15-30 minutes.

Keywords: winter recipes, American cuisine, soups and stews