Señorita Cinnamon Chili

*This post was written a long time ago!

This Sunday is the Super Bowl and I’m sure a lot of you will be cooking for large groups of people. Out here in Denver, I’ll be cooking up a storm and rooting for the Broncos to win and hopefully kick Richard Sherman’s ass. If you aren’t a Broncos fan, you should be. The best way to convince you is to just show you a picture of Eric Decker and Jessie James. Now you should be converted.


A usual Super Bowl party consists of lots of beer drinking, appetizers, and chili. If your party doesn’t resemble this, get with the program. For my Sunday shenanigans, I decided to make a chili that has the beer in it. A lot of people do this so I know it is not that original. But, instead of adding a crappy, watered down Coors light into the mix, what if we added something way more delicious? I chose Señorita by Elevation Beer Company. I had it at a tasting last week and knew right away that this would be amazing in a big pot of chili. Something I learned a while back was to add some cocoa powder and cinnamon to my chili.  Senorita is brewed with vanilla and cinnamon, but has a somewhat chocolately taste. Therefore, I decided it was the perfect brew to add to the recipe. At first I didn’t even add extra cinnamon but after tasting, I figured a small amount would help. A half of a teaspoon later and wow, the flavor really got a boost. Bring a pot of this cinnamon chili over to any party and it is sure to be a hit.

Senorita Cinnamon Chili




2 lbs ground beef (90/10 or 85/15)

1 large yellow onion, chopped

5 cloves of garlic, pressed

1 can black beans

1 can pinto beans

2 cans kidney beans

3 cans Rotel Original Tomatoes

1 24 oz can of tomato sauce

1 ½ cups Señorita by Elevation Beer Co.

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp chili powder

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon



In a large pot, cook the garlic on med-low in a tablespoon of butter or oil until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

Senorita Cinnamon Chili

Once your house starts to smell like garlic deliciousness, add the chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes.

Senorita Cinnamon Chili


The onion will start to get tender but won’t cook all the way. Don’t worry; it’ll finish cooking in the chili. After 5 minutes, turn up the heat to medium and brown the ground beef. Definitely don’t skimp out on the fat with the ground beef. Fat = flavor and we want lots of it. While the meat is cooking, work on opening the cans. Drain the beans but do not drain the tomatoes.

Senorita Cinnamon Chili


Rotel tomatoes are spicy and they have jalapenos in the mix. Keeping  the liquid will work to kick up the spice in the chili. Also, the amount of beans added is up to your discretion. I added 4 cans because I’m into fiber (and pooping). If you want a meatier chili, consider adding less beans or more beef. When the beef is browned, add all of your other ingredients including the beer.

Senorita Cinnamon Chili

The beer is great because it adds amazing flavor and also gets the chili to a nice consistency. (Just so everyone knows, the alcohol cooks off so this is safe to serve to everyone.) Once everything is combined, give it a good stir and wait for it to start boiling. When this happens, turn it to low and let it simmer for 1 hour. After the hour is up, grab a bowl and some toppings and chow down!

Senorita Cinnamon Chili


Beer Addition: Señorita by Elevation Beer Company

Señorita is a Horchata/Imperial Porter which tastes incredible in the chili and also on its own. Only adding 1 ½ cups to the recipe will leave you with a good amount of beer to enjoy while you feast. Before reading the label, I drank some and thought it must be a chocolate beer. After some investigation (all ingredients are listed on the side of the bottle), I found that Señorita is brewed with Madagascar vanilla, milk sugar, and cinnamon.  Sipping it more slowly, I could differentiate the tastes of the cinnamon and the vanilla, with the alcohol coming in at the end. The way the vanilla and cinnamon blended with the chocolate malts is what made me think it was chocolate at first. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was not too bitter (25 IBU’s) so it is an easy drink and great to cook with because it won’t overpower your food. The high alcohol content (8.5%) will also help you slip right into your food coma after you eat a big bowl of chili. I definitely recommend grabbing this fantastic brew by Elevation if you want to try out some unique flavors.

Senorita Cinnamon Chili


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