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Beef Chili with Masa Harina + $500 Giveaway

Beef Chili is made thick and hearty by adding masa harina. This chili is SO good!

Sometimes I don’t know where my motivation comes from. Just the other night I was in the middle of writing a post and then I was like OMG. I was supposed to start on a huge pot of beef chili for tomorrow night’s dinner and it’s 10pm and I haven’t started it yet. I actually said that out loud and Ken made some sort of joke along the lines of “I guess I will have to suffer tomorrow”. Because me not cooking results in him ordering delicious pizza and that’s total suffering right there.

Since we had pizza a few nights before, I wasn’t up for it again. I got to work in the kitchen and started making the most gigantic pot of beef chili I’ve ever made. The recipe came from the William’s Sonoma Cookbook and in the recipe box below, I’ve included the changes that I made. This chili is thick, hearty and full of flavor. Masa harina makes it thick enough to use in nachos, chili burritos or tamale pies, the latter of which I will be sharing with you later this week. It’s perfect to pair with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and it will surely keep you warm on a cold day.

If I haven’t sold you on this recipe yet, what else can I do to persuade you to try it?

How about a little cheese, sour cream and butter crackers? That’s what I topped my beef chili with. It’s a winning combination. Don’t you want to try a winning combination with me?

Beef Chili with Masa Harina

Beef Chili with Masa Harina

Beef Chili with Masa Harina

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 1/2 lbs ground chuck
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 medium jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 C dark red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 C beer (I used a lager)
  • 2 1/2 C beef stock
  • 1 28oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can low sodium pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp masa harina
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large dutch oven or soup pot (at least 5 quarts), cook the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned. Removed the ground beef from the pot, drain and set aside.
  2. Cook the veggies. Reduce the heat to medium and add the extra virgin olive oil. Add the onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic, jalapeno, chili powder, cumin, oregano and coriander and cook for 1 minute. Add the beef, beer, beef stock and crushed tomatoes to the pot and mix well. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 50 minutes.
  3. Once the chili is done simmering, add the kidney beans, pinto beans and mix well. Then mix in the masa harina. Season with salt to taste. Start with a small amount of salt and gradually add more until desired taste is reached.
  4. Top with your favorite chili toppings such as cheese, sour cream, green onions, crackers and/or cilantro.


Adapted from the Williams Sonoma Cookbook.

Changes: I used 2.5 lbs of ground chuck rather than 3 lbs. I used extra virgin olive oil (3 tbsp) instead of 5 tbsp of canola oil. I did not cook the beef in oil. I cooked the beef at one time instead of in two increments.

Beef Chili is made thick and hearty by adding masa harina. This chili is SO good!

Beef Chili is made thick and hearty by adding masa harina. This chili is SO good!

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51 comments on “Beef Chili with Masa Harina + $500 Giveaway”

  1. Love this recipe!! I am always looking for something at the last minute, and I know my whole family would LOVE this!

  2. I would love a big bowl of this chili! You have definitely convinced me to try it and it would be a perfect for dinner!

    • Definitely perfect for dinner, Ashley! And it will last for days, too! Last night I made a tamale pie with the rest of it. We still have some of the tamale pie left for dinner tonight. Yay!

  3. My hubby would go crazy for this. Nice and spicy!

  4. This chili looks amazing, I’m going to have to try it.

  5. This looks incredibly hearty and filling and so delish! I wish I had a big bowl right now!

  6. My husband is always sooo disappointed when I forget about dinner or have had some sort of disaster with it, he just hates having to order pizza. ;-)
    This chili looks so thick and delicious! I’d love a big bowl of it right now as I’m watching the snow come down outside!

    • Haha, I think most men must be in the “Pizza is the best thing ever” club. I seriously think my boyfriend could live off it for the rest of his life!

      Also, just a tad bit jealous that you are watching snow fall. I saw snow for the first time last year (when I was 32 years old!) but it was already on the ground so I still haven’t seen it fall yet! Crazy, right?

  7. That chili looks amazing!

    And for the giveaway question – I love some chocolate cake with chocolate frosting for my birthday!

  8. A dessert i love on my birthday would be cassada cake!! It has strawberries and custard in the cake! It is so delicious(:

  9. I love tres leches cake! Definitely my favorite cake of all time. :)

  10. I love chocolate cake on my birthday.

  11. My favorite dessert for my birthday is carrot cake. I like it with pineapple and nuts and lots and lots of carrots! I have a recipe on my blog!

  12. My favorite dessert is my own chocolate pie recipe….

  13. I like a chocolate birthday cake

  14. This sounds amazing! I would love to make it asap if you will forgive my ignorance and tell me masa harina is……………….

  15. Chocolate Souffle at my favorite restaurant. YUM – it’s the best thing ever!!

  16. If I was rewarded for cooking with this chili I’d be up for making it late at night too!

  17. I could use a giant bowl of that right now! Freezing my butt off, and that is looking delicious!

  18. Thanks for joining our birthday bash!!! Love the chili and I know John would too!

  19. This chili looks fantastic, Julie! I could seriously dive right into this bowl now. Such a perfect comfort food! Pinned!

  20. Hi Julie, my favorite dessert on my birthday is carrot cake. And, your chili looks so good, especially this time of year!

  21. I came across your blog while looking for some beef recipes and liked a lot. How amazing! I will keep an eye out for all your recipes :)

  22. My go to birthday dessert is pineapple upside down cake. I just cannot get enough of it!

  23. I love a ice cream cake on my birthday. It’s in July and being from Texas Ice Cream Cake is refreshing

  24. Props to you for still getting in the kitchen and cooking! I can’t bring myself to wash dishes that late … ;) This looks absolutely worth it though, I mean, does anything beat a big bowl of hearty chili?? That is comfort food to me!

  25. This chili looks amazing, Julie! I would love a big bowl of this warm up with, it’s been so cold here lately and this looks perfectly hearty and comforting!

  26. Oh, man. A big pot of chili simmering on the stove is my ULTIMATE comfort food this time of year. I am swooning over how thick and hearty this looks, Julie! It sounds packed with ALL the flavors too! I need this for dinner tonight for sure. :)

  27. Julie, what a sexy-sounding pot of chili! I like to make the biggest pot I can, too, so that I can shove plenty in the freezer for later.
    Great giveaway, too! I’d have something really really chocolaty for my birthday – how about a giant chocolate souffle?

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  29. Hm…for my birthday, I love strawberry shortcake. It’s my absolute favorite desert ever. :) The chili looks delicious, and I’d love to try it – but I’ve got a big bowl of chili in my refrigerator. For some reason, I like chili so much better when it’s leftovers…maybe I’m weird. Also, I top my chili with the same things as you. :)

  30. On my birthday I love to eat an oatmeal cake my mom made every year for me. It’s delicious and has toasted coconut and pecans on top as the frosting!

  31. A good thick NY cheesecake with strawberries on top. YUM!

  32. plain or lemon sour cream cheesecake. or sometimes a frosted hersheys best recipe chocolate layer cake from the side of unsweetened cocoa box. any cake slice must have a birthday candle on it.

  33. Chocolate soufflé is my favourite dessert ever so to have that on my birthday would be such a treat!

  34. Molten chocolate cake! Also, that chilli looks AMAZING.