Beer Chili Spaghetti

Beer Chili Spaghetti

I was very excited when Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks! invited me to guest post on his blog. I'm a fan of Laz's creative and inspiring dishes and admire him for his mission to eat sustainably, organically, and seasonally.

My recipe for Beer Chili Spaghetti is a family favorite for its rich, meaty, chili-inspired sauce and hearty whole wheat noodles. Topped with extra-sharp cheddar cheese and chopped red onions, it's a nice way to warm up on a cold winter day.

Beer Chili Spaghetti

Serves 4-6
1 16-ounce package whole wheat spaghetti
2 pounds lean ground beef (I use natural grass fed beef)
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 teaspoons paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper (a little less if you like no heat)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano (the kind that is finely ground like a powder)
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 cup chili powder
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 12-ounce beer (I used a dark regional beer from Shiner, Texas but your favorite beer works just as well)
diced red onion
shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
chopped fresh parsley if desired
In a large pot over medium heat add the olive oil and then brown the ground beef breaking it up and crumbling as you go. If you’re not using lean ground beef, skip adding the olive oil. While the beef is browning, cook the spaghetti noodles in heavily salted water and according to package directions.

Next add the rest of the ingredients. The beer will fizz for a few seconds and then reside:

Stir well, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Meanwhile drain the spaghetti and toss with a small amount of olive oil to keep moist.

When ready to serve, top spaghetti with meat sauce, then cheddar cheese and red onion.

Beer Chili Spaghetti

For the holidays, I used Shiner's special edition Cheer Beer but you can use any beer you like.

Shiner's Cheer Beer

I hope you'll go pay Lazaro Cooks! a visit and check out all the great stuff he has going on over there.


  1. The title is so tempting! Will go check it out!so

  2. I never had that on spaghetti, it is very interesting!

  3. Wonderful combination of chili and spaghetti...I am shocked I've never tried this out.

  4. I live about 1.5 hours from the Shiner brewery. We've wanted to tour it for ages (free samples!), but they don't do tours on weekends...oddly enough. That spaghetti looks good...and pasta makes EVERYTHING better ;).

  5. Your beer chili rocks! This is a keeper! Thanks for sharing.

    I love Lazaro's blog. I will be hopping over to check out your guest post.

    Happy New Year!


    P.S. I am your new follower!

  6. Your spaghetti looks wonderful, very tasty and I love your use of the Shiner holiday beer! Found your blog through Lazaro's guest post, it's nice to meet you :)

  7. Hi Veronica
    you just said three of every males favorite food words in one meal, Beer, chili, and spaghetti...sigh...
    congrats on your guest post with Lazaro!

  8. I've also never tried chili and spaghetti together but it sounds like the best comfort food! I can't wait to try it soon :)

  9. coming from Lazaro's to check out your blog, I love it!! great recipe and wonderful pics!!

    happy holidays!!


  10. I stopped by from Lazaro's to say hello...
    This is a fantastic dish and great guest post :)

  11. My husband hails from Cincinnati, OH and there is a popular chili restaurant chain, Skyline, that does their chili over spaghetti and it's fantastic.

    I cannot wait to try this recipe! :]

  12. Hi Veronica,

    I wanted to see if it would be possible to feature this recipe on CraftBeer.com? One of the main goals of this site, published by the Brewers Association, is to bring craft beer to the dinner table through pairings or as an ingredient in dishes. I would create a post similar to this: http://www.craftbeer.com/recipes/breakfast-beer-popovers and include your bio/photo and link to your blog. Please let me know if this is ok!


    Meghan Storey
    Web Editor
    Brewers Association

  13. Great recipe. Similar to Spaghetti Warehouse. I sub fresh garlic and diced yellow onions for the granulated. Also whisk your spices, beer and tomato sauce together prior to pouring in with the beef. Thanks for the recipe! My wife loved it on her birthday! Beer chili sauce with spaghetti is her fave!