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Fireside Brisket Chili

Thanks to my dear friend, I was introduced to this modified version of Ina Garten’s Brisket Chili on night as we cozied up around her firepit for dinner.

Fireside Brisket Chili

This chili is brought to a whole new level with the brisket. I love that all you really need to do is prep the ingredients and let the dutch oven and heat do all the work. It's the perfect meal for social distance eating around the fire.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes


Yield: 6
  • 5 pounds beef brisket, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups tomatoes, chopped with their liquid
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish
  • chopped scallions, for garnish
  • sour cream or dairy free plain yogurt, for garnish
  • chili olive oil, for garnish


  1.  Pat the brisket cubes dry with paper towels. Heat the oil in a very large heavy casserole and quickly brown the meat in batches on all sides. Transfer the brisket to a separate bowl and set aside. 
  2. Sauté the onion and garlic in the same oil over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until limp, but not brown. 
  3. Add the chili powder, pepper flakes, cayenne pepper and cumin and sauté for 1 minute. 
  4. Add the bell peppers, bay leaf, tomatoes with their juice, the reserved meat, 1.5 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pot with a tight fitting lid and simmer for 5 hours (or 3 hours 1st day + 2.5 the second day), stirring occasionally. 
  5. Add the coffee, cover the pot and simmer for one more hour. 
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings (salt and pepper to taste)
  7. Add the kidney beans and and warm through. 
  8. In separate bowls, serve garnishes of cilantro, scallions, sour cream and chili oil.


Serve with guacamole and tortilla chips.

Adapted from Ina Garten's Brisket Chili.

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