I’d tap that… Magic Night Chili

Magic Night ChiliMen are coming.

Sure most of them are your run of the mill type nerds, but they’re also men. They hunger, for competition and MEAT. (Not that I’m saying women don’t also enjoy a platter of dead animal, but our playgroup is 99% dudes most times.)

I love these kinds of meals for our gaming groups. I can cook a giant tub of food and they dish up to their desire. Add a bag of corn chips or some freshly baked corn bread and they’ll go until they’re stuffed or the chili runs out. The latter doesn’t happen too often, this makes a ton of chili! Seriously, I barely have room to stir in my 6 quart cooker. Well, without making a huge mess. So make sure you have a LARGE pot or just halve the recipe. Do what you want, I’m not your boss.

Using the slow cooker is awesome for this as well. Not only does the long cooking make the flavors super intricate, I set it to cook in the morning and by time the guys all show up it’s ready to go at any time! This allows them to get a few games in to work up a hunger or some to eat now and some to eat later without ever having to reheat, just keep it on warm.

The original recipe I pulled this from uses a ton of beans and that’s cool, but I have picky eater issues with them still and because I’m the chef here, I do what I want! So beans are out, making this the meatiest chili you can handle! It’s also pretty spicy, so if you are more ‘sensitive’ you may want to cut back on the spicy ingredients. It’s no 2AM Chili but it’s damn fine in my book.

Magic Night Chili

Serves 12
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 6 hours
Total time 6 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Website Boilermaker Tailgate Chili
Serving Size 1.5 Cups (approx)
Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Per Serving
Calories 317 kcal
Protein 39.7g
Total Carbohydrate 19g
Sugars 11.1g
Total Fat 8.4g
Saturated Fat 3g
Fibre 6.6g
Sodium 618mg
A delicious, spicy and bean-less chili you can cook in a large stockpot on the stove or in a slow cooker. I choose the latter to really infuse the flavors!


  • 3lb Ground Beef
  • 56oz Crushed Tomatoes (Canned)
  • 6oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (Chopped)
  • 3 stalks Celery (Chopped)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (Seeded and chopped)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (Seeded and chopped)
  • 2 Jalapenos (Seeded and chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Bacon bits
  • 4 cubes Beef Boullion
  • 8oz Beer
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Hot Pepper Sauce (e.g. Tabasco)
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic (Minced)
  • 1/4 cup Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon White Sugar

Addons (Optional)

  • 1 bag Corn Chips
  • 1 bag Cheddar Cheese (Shredded)
  • Sour Cream


Step 1
Brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain. (It's a lot of meat so you may need to do it in batches unless you have a huge skillet)
Step 2
To serve: Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream, shredded cheese and corn chips.