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Smoked Beef Brisket Chili -- Best use for leftover brisket

Smoked Beef Brisket Chili

A great use for leftover smoked beef brisket. Use it as a base for this smoked beef brisket chili.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword beef brisket chili, smoked chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 236kcal
Cost $20


  • 3 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion (about 2 cups), chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 ½ cups leftover smoked beef brisket, cut up into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder*
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon dry chipotle seasoning** (or the equivalent in canned chipotle in adobo sauce, adjust amount to your heat preference. A little goes a long way)
  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 12 oz bottle beer
  • ¼ cup coffee, (cold leftover coffee from your morning pot)
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • ½ can black beans, drained and rinsed, used a standard 15 oz can
  • ½ can kidney beans, drained and rinsed, used a standard 15 oz can
  • ½ can corn, drained and rinsed, used a standard 15 oz can
  • 1 small, 4 oz can diced green chili


  • In a large pot over medium heat, sauté bacon until crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and reserve for later.
  • Add onions and cook until soft (about 5 minutes). Add bell pepper and garlic; cook 1 additional minute to soften.
  • Add the meat and all dry seasonings, and cook one minute.
  • Add beer and allow it to deglaze the pan and cook off the alcohol (about 1-2 minutes). Then add coffee, tomatoes, beans, corn, green chili, and the reserved bacon. Bring to a low simmer, cover, and cook for a minimum of 30 minutes. The longer it cooks the more integrated and concentrated the flavors get. My recommendation is at least an hour for a nice rich chili. If the stew starts to get too thick, you can add water ½ cup at a time to thin it out.

Optional Toppings:

  • Sour cream (or my preference Greek Yogurt)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped cilantro


Note on the spicy seasonings: I've received some feedback that this can turn out a bit spicy. Not all dry spices are created equal. The fresher the dry spices the more potent they tend to be. So if your dry chili or chipotle seasonings are rather fresh or new, then they will be more potent. My tablespoon of dry seasoning may be different than your tablespoon of the same spice.
So if you're sensitive to spice go easy on the spicy spices at first. You can always add more later! I find that chipotle and cayenne tend to add the most heat. So go easy on them and add slowly.


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 639mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2192IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4mg