Brandon Rodgers

James Beard nominated Best Chef of California

Brandt Beef Chili

Enjoy with tortilla chips, Brandt Beef cornbread, or on top of a Brandt Beef hot dog.

Brandt Beef Recipe Collection


  • 454g (1#) Brandt Beef Ground Meat
  • 6g (2 tsp.) Kosher salt
  • 15g (1 tbsp.) Vegetable oil
  • 5g (2 tsp.) Cumin seed, toasted 350F for 10min.
  • 2.5g (1 ½ tsp.) Coriander seed, toasted 350F for 10min.
  • 3g (1 ½ tsp.) Paprika
  • 2.5g (1 tsp.) Chili powder
  • .5g (½ tsp.) Oregano
  • 115g (4oz) Beer - Bud Light
  • 5g (1 tsp.) (1ea.) Serrano chili – finely chopped
  • 65g (½ cup) (½ ea. pepper) Red bell pepper – fine dice
  • 100g (¾ cup) (½ ea.) Yellow onion – fine dice
  • 15g (4 tsp) (4 cloves) Garlic – finely chopped
  • 2g (½ tsp) Chipotle pepper – canned – chopped
  • 454g (16oz) Black beans – canned – strain, rinse
  • 454g (16oz) Refried pinto beans – canned
  • 230g (8oz.) Brandt Beef Demi Glace De Boeuf
  • 60g (¼ cup) Water
  • 15g (1tbsp.) Dark chocolate chunks
  • 10g (2 tspn.) Soy sauce
  • 5g (1tbsp.) Cilantro – chopped
  • Juice of 1 ea. Lime


  • ½ Red onion – julienne
  • 2 cup Sour cream
  • 4 Red radishes – julienne
  • 3 cups Sharp cheddar cheese – grated on box grater
  • 1 Lime – cut into wedges
  • 1 bunch Cilantro – chopped


Step 1

  • Heat pan on high, add oil, then beef and salt.
  • Cook the meat and break it up with a wooden spatula into smaller pieces until most of the moisture from meat has evaporated.

Step 2

  • Add spices (cumin, coriander, paprika, chili powder, and oregano).
  • Cook to to toast the spices in the oil and evenly distribute amongst the meat.
  • Note: the pan should be dry with residual fat and particles should be sticking to the pan.

Step 3

  • Add beer.
  • Reduce to almost dry.

Step 4

  • Add the vegetables (serrano, red bell pepper, garlic, onion, chipotle).
  • Cook the vegetables until they soften and release some water, almost to dry.

Step 5

  • Add beans (refried, black beans)

Step 6

  • Add water and Brandt Beef Demi Glace.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Place lid and gently simmer on Low for 30 minutes.
  • Stir frequently.

Step 7

  • Add chocolate, soy sauce, lime juice and cilantro.

Step 8

  • Turn heat to lowest possible and let sit for 1 hour.

Step 9

  • Serve with garnishes. (radish, lime, cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese, red onion)
  • Enjoy with Brandt Beef Bacon Cornbread!


  • Enjoy with tortilla chips, Brandt Beef cornbread, or on top of a Brandt Beef hot dog.
  • If you are not preparing to eat it with cornbread, you can add 454g (16oz.) Corn kernals - canned to recipe.
  • If summer, use fresh corn and cut the kernals off.
  • When time allows, you may soak 225g of beans overnight in water, then simmer in water until soft and add to chili.
  • When time allows, you may soak 300g of pinto beans overnight in water, then simmer water until soft and mash to puree and add to chili.