Some Like it Hot: 5 Sonoma Beers to Pair with Chili

Can't make it to Saturday's Chili-Cook Off in Petaluma? Create your own mini-version at home.

Can’t make it to Saturday’s Chili-Cook Off in Petaluma? Create your own-mini version of the event at home –  we’ve listed five Sonoma County beers to pair with your homemade chili (recipe from Peloton Culinary below). Click through the gallery above for all the details. 

Peloton Culinary's chili. (Tim Vallery)
Peloton Culinary’s chili. (Tim Vallery)


Yields: 12 10 ounce portions (roughly 1 gallon)

  • Vegetable Oil, as needed
  • 1 Cup Onion, medium diced
  • 1 Cup Red & Yellow Bell Pepper, medium diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots, peeled, small diced
  • 1½ Tablespoon  Garlic, minced
  • ½ Pound Beef, medium diced
  • ½ Pound Pork, ground
  • ½ Pound Sausage, ground
  • ¼ Cup Chili Powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Cumin, ground
  • ½ Tablespoon Coriander, ground
  • ½ Tablespoon Mexican Oregano
  • ½ Cup Dried New Mexico Chile Puree (see below)
  • 32 Ounces Beef Stock, low sodium
  • 12 Ounces Your Favorite Sonoma County Stout
  • 1¼ Cups Diced Tomato in Puree
  • 1 Cup Beans, cooked until tender
  • ½ Cup Masa Slurry (see below)


Sauté the onion, rutabaga, carrot, bell pepper in the vegetable oil until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes. Remove the vegetable mixture from the pan.  Add a little more oil and sear the meat in same pan until browned. Add the spices and sauté for an additional 3 or 4 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the stock. Add the sautéed vegetables, beer, chili puree and tomatoes to the pan.  Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer for one hour.  In about 30 minutes check seasonings and adjust with kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper if necessary. After an hour add the cooked beans and simmer about 10 minutes. Then add the masa slurry and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Check for seasoning and serve.

Chile Puree

  • 1 pound Dried New Mexico Chili
  • 2 cups Water, boiling

Rehydrate the chilis in the boiling water, then puree in blender

Masa Slurry

  • 1/3 cup Masa flower 1 cup water

In a small sauce pot whisk in the water to the masa flour.  Cook at medium to high heat for 2 minutes.

Happy Cooking!