Easy Meat Lovers Chili

Meat Lovers Chili ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com
Meat Lovers Chili is hearty enough to satisfy the biggest of appetites! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Meat Lovers Chili is loaded up with three kinds of meat, (beef, pork, sausage) making this classic chili recipe a hearty favorite when the weather cools down and appetites ramp up. Everybody loves this easygoing one pot meal.

Meat Lovers Chili loaded up with 3 kinds of meat for a hearty and comforting meal ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This meat lovers chili is a fix-it-and-forget-it type of recipe — once you’ve got the meat (3 pounds!) browned, you can basically dump everything else in, give it a stir, and let it simmer away on its own. When you’re ready to chow down, let everybody serve themselves and top it with their favorite garnishes. Never have so many been so well fed with so little effort.

TIP: Chili is one of those dishes that is easy to put together, but does benefit from a long slow simmer. That allows all the complex flavors to develop and mingle. Plan on at least 2 hours of (almost hands off) cooking time. I will let it sit on the stove for another hour off the heat, just to let it ‘mature’. Then it can be refrigerated until later, or reheated and served.

Meat Lovers Chili is loaded with 3 pounds of meat and will satisfy the hungriest of crowds! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

This isn’t rocket science…I saute a large chopped onion, then brown each of the meats ~ beef, pork, and sausage ~ individually. After that everything goes back in the pot with a bottle of beer, a can of good crushed tomatoes, and all the seasonings. Bring it up to a simmer and let it work itself into a wonderfully rich chili. I add a can of beans and chili peppers toward the end, and then I’ll thicken it up with a slurry of masa harina and water.

TIP: Masa harina is a super fine textured corn flour that is used to make tortillas and tamales, etc. I love to mix it with water, just like you would do with cornstarch, and use it to thicken up my chili. I always have a bag in the cupboard, and it’s essential if you want to make your own homemade tortillas. I also make Masa Harina Biscuits that are unbelievably tender. Look for it next to the corn meal in your supermarket.

Meat Lovers Chili is an easy, one pot meal hearty enough to satisfy the hungriest of crowds ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

Personally, I don’t need 3 kinds of meat in any one meal, but I made this to tempt my husband, who usually turns up his nose at chili for dinner. I love to usher in Fall with a big bowl of comforting chili, so this recipe was created to make us both happy.

TIP: Toppings matter! I grew up in a house where chili was just a plain brown stew (no offense, mom!)  But now I’m in the more is better camp when it comes to chili garnishes. Cheese, sliced green onion, olives, cilantro, avocado, sour cream, crushed corn chips…pile it on!

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Meat Lovers Chili

Meat Lovers Chili is loaded up with three kinds of meat, (beef, pork, sausage) making this classic chili recipe a hearty favorite when the weather cools down and appetites ramp up.  Everybody loves this easygoing one pot meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Author Sue Moran


  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion peeled and finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed and minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb Italian sausage sweet or hot
  • 1 12- ounce bottle of your favorite beer
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste from a tube optional
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp powdered cumin
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp powdered oregano
  • 1 tsp salt more to taste
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked black pepper more to taste
  • 15 ounce can of pinto beans
  • 2 7- ounce cans fire roasted chilies chopped (mild or hot)
  • 2 Tbsp masa harina


  • Heat the oil in a very large, deep skillet or stock pot. Saute the onions in the oil for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and saute 2 minutes more. Remove to a plate.
  • Add the beef to the pan and brown, breaking apart the meat with a fork or spatula into small crumbles while it is cooking. Remove to a plate. Brown the pork the same way and remove to a plate. Remove the sausage from the casings and brown it in the pan, in the same manner as with the other meats.
  • Put back the onions, beef, and pork to the pan with the browned sausage and give it all a stir. Add the beer and bring up to a simmer. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste (if using) bay leaves, cumins, chili powders, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir well, and bring up to a simmer.
  • Turn down the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for an hour. Stir occasionally. After an hour, taste the chili and adjust any of the seasonings. Add the beans and chilies to the pot. Dissolve the masa harina in 1/4 cup of water, and stir it into the chili. Gently simmer for another hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste the chili to adjust the salt or any of the other seasonings. At this point you can serve it, or let it cool for an hour off the heat, and then refrigerate until ready to serve. You can do this up to 24 hours ahead if you like.
  • Serve with plenty of toppings!
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.


  • My husband has the habit of putting corn chips at the bottom of the bowl before he ladles in his serving of chili. I used to think it was odd, but once I tried it, I was hooked. 
  • The alcohol in the beer will evaporate by the end of cooking, leaving just a hint of flavor.


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other fabulous chilis~

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Chasen’s Chili from Saving Room for Dessert

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Chili Con Carne from She Wears many Hats

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili from Spend with Pennies

Creamy White Turkey Chili

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  • Reply
    Frank Soltysiak
    December 6, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    No sausage available at the store, so I substituted “meatloaf mix” in its place. So it made it 1.3 lbs of beef and pork, and .4 lbs of veal, pretty tasty. Added some petite diced tomatoes and light red kidney beana on top too. The family enjoyed it. Of course, they enjoy it by the recipe too. Hahahahaha. Thanks

  • Reply
    November 11, 2018 at 8:24 am

    Substitute for beer? I don’t like the taste. Plus not all alcohol burns off with cooking.

    • Reply
      November 23, 2018 at 4:44 am

      You can use beef stock, or just water if you like Sally.

  • Reply
    October 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    May I ask why you brown the meats separately?

    • Reply
      October 24, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      I brown them separately just because I don’t want to overload the pan, I always brown my meat in batches to make sure it browns. Too much meat in the pan at one time will create too much moisture and you won’t get that good sear.

      • Reply
        October 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

        Great, thanks!

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    Sabrina B,
    October 2, 2016 at 6:30 am

    You had me with the title! And then, pork too? I’ve always stuck to ground beef beef and maybe some kind of steak cut, like the thought of adding pork, thanks you!

  • Reply
    October 1, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I have masa harina and had no idea what to do with it..love chili!

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    September 29, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Nothing says fall comfort like a great chili recipe! Love all those toppers too!

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    Rosemary Wolbert | Sprigs of Rosemary
    September 29, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I know we all have all favorite “go to’s” for chili, but every once in a while, you just gotta dial it up a notch or two. I know my meat lovin’ Mr. Rosemary would love this — three kinds of meat. It’s chili season!

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    September 29, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Love a good bowl of chili and this meat lovers one would be perfect for my meat loving husband! Will definitely cook this up for him 🙂

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