Monday, December 27, 2010

The Enchanted Cook's Beer Chili Spaghetti

Today I am very happy to turn over the LC floor to The Enchanted Cook.  If you are not familiar with this wonderful blog please check it out.  It is packed with great food, writing, and amazing photography.  Everything we love about good blogs.


Guest Post Spotlight

I am honored to be guest posting on Lazaro Cooks today! I always enjoy Laz’s elegant and creative dishes and also admire him for his mission to eat sustainably, organically and seasonally. I do my best to do the same.

When I began blogging (not all that long ago), Laz was one of the first to take notice and he often left positive and supportive comments. Cooking and blogging are such a joy and when your work is recognized, especially by someone as talented as Laz, it means the world. Laz is so wonderful to promote other bloggers on his site via his guest post series and I am very appreciative to have been invited to take part.

So a little about me...I’m an eclectic eater. I like a wide variety of foods and cuisines and I like to cook whatever strikes my mood at the moment. It’s usually inspired by where I am and what ingredients are available to me but it can also be because a random craving hits. One of the great things about being able to cook is that you can go in the kitchen and whip up whatever your tummy fancies. I love that.

I live in Southern California most of the time and travel quite a bit with my work as a marketing professional in the high tech industry. Currently, I’m on an extended stay in Texas (where I grew up) and with the cold weather upon us, I naturally began to crave chili. One of my favorite dishes I’ve made over the years is called “Beer Chili Spaghetti”. If that doesn’t sound like a down home Texas dish, I don’t know what does.

I use whole wheat spaghetti and top it with a chili-inspired meat sauce, then garnish with extra sharp cheddar cheese and diced red onion. The combination is flavor-packed and delicious. It’s spicy in a Texas chili kind of a way but it’s smooth like a meat sauce should be. A plate of this on a cold winter day is sure to warm you up.

The Enchanted Cook’s Beer Chili Spaghetti

Beer Chili Spaghetti
(by The Enchanted Cook)

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.

The beef should look something like this when done:

Cooked Ground Beef

Next add the rest of the ingredients. The beer will fizz for a few seconds 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. It’s delicious y’all!

The Enchanted Cook’s Beer Chili Spaghetti

Cheesy and good!

Happy Holidays!

For more, please check out The Enchanted Cook.


  1. This reminds me of my favorite Cincinnati CHili that is also on spaghetti... a wonderful idea. The addition of beer is such a great idea... must try it next time I'm in a spaghetti-chili state of mind!! Lovely to meet you through Lazaro... isn't he great!

  2. It sounds super-satisfying. Great photos too, looks delicious - perfect for a cold winter's day.

  3. Thanks for introducing us to another fantastic blogger, Laz!

    This dish looks wonderful and I love how thick and rich the chili is. It reminds me of one of my absolute favorite chilis, Cincinnati chili!

  4. Never had chiliover spaghetti. Interesting concept..perfet for today's blizzard in New York City.

    Happy New Year!

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  6. Gotta love the Shiner Bock!- what a fun recipe- it reminds me of New Mexico Frito Pie, but over pasta instead of Fritos! Awesome comfort food, and nice to discover your blog!

  7. I agree, Lazaro has the most supportive and positive comment to us all. He makes us feel better even when we feel down about blogging or even life.

    Love the spices you added there. Beer chili with pasta sounds great! I will double proportion of cayenne pepper just for me :)

  8. Great pick Lazaro, as usual! Beer chili spaghetti? My husband would be in heaven... I will definitely have to veganize this one (I'll keep you posted on that!) Great job though and thanks Lazaro, for another great guest post!!

  9. I have never had anything like this so must try it...., its got a whole heap of my favourite ingredients, love the addition of beer too. Thanks for sharing & great to meet you :)

  10. Beer. Chili. Cheese. Spaghetti. These are all beautiful things, and this dish is right up my alley :) Great guest post!! This would be so comforting right now with all that howling wind outside!!

  11. So nice to meet you all and thanks for the kind comments! I've never had Cincinnati Chili but a friend of mine has been threatening to give me their recipe. Now I must get it and see how it compares!

    Adventuresome Kitchen - we make Frito Pies with it, too - lol!

    Ellen - A friend of mine is vegetarian (and sometimes vegan) and we were discussing how it would be using soy crumbles. You could also use soy cheese I suppose to make it vegan? I bet it would be delicious - there's so much flavor in this chili. Let me know if you decide to try it. I'm really curious!

    Thank you all again!

  12. Hi Laz - thanks for introducing yet another talented blogger :)

    Love chilli but never had it on spaghetti. The garnishes on top are perfect - I have to make this for my boys. I know they will LOVE it! Thanks for a fantastic recipe :)

  13. A perfect way to chase the chill away! I love beer in chili. Haven't really gotten into my chili mode yet, but you are tempting me!

  14. thank you for featuring another talented blogger lazaro!
    love the chili-usque of this spaghetti... something new to me!

  15. I've been looking for an amazing chili recipe and I think I've found it!. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hey Lazaro,

    Thanks for sharing another great guest post. I've never tried using beer in my chili before. I know my Dad and my hubby would definitely approve of this recipe. Actually come to think of it, they'd probably demand I use beer from now on...haha. This dish is a must try for hubby and Dad.

    Hope you had a merry Christmas, Lazaro. Wishing you a happy holiday and happy new year!

  17. Spaghetti with beer? Sounds very interesting and exciting! Would be so perfect for this extremely cold Aberdeen weather. Thanks very much for sharing.

  18. Just fab...I will have to give this a try.

  19. Wow, beer chili spaghetti sounds simply wonderful, especially when during this cold weather! I can see myself craving this dish! I love how you used whole grain noodles and sharp cheddar (the best kind). Great recipe!

    Thanks for sharing another great guest poster, Lazaro!

  20. I LOVE LOVE this dish, but I am partial to anything Texas, lol love the beer, i also purcahsed a christmas beer from St Arnold, a local houston brew..perfect for this ..thanks for featuring such a hearty dish..

  21. Lovely guest the idea of chili spaghetti, very original and with the addition of beer no less :)

  22. Man oh man! I have not made anything with beer since the cheese soup, so I have to make this; its a great looking dish!

  23. I made this yesterday and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Looks really yummy! I changed blogs Lazaro and I hope you can follow my new blog. :D


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