Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Melissa D’Arabian’s Game Day Chili

Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Melissa D’Arabian’s Game Day Chili

Our Favorite 2015 Tailgate Recipe is This Awesome Chili!

Every September, football season gives us two reasons to get excited – some great action, and some even better tailgate parties and food! But with grills and smokers getting more sophisticated, tailgate parties (and their hosts) are always trying to step their game up to have the best tailgate party at the football game.

Every year, Peter Salerno and his son, Anthony, go on the hunt for the very best tailgate recipes around. For 2015, their new favorite is a 5-star classic from renowned Food Network chef Melissa D’Arabian, host of 10 Dollar Dinners.

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An easy recipe that takes just under an hour of prep time and the perfect blend of savory, smoky and spicy notes, this “Game Day Chili” recipe is a knockout for your tailgate party this season.

Peter Salerno and his team thank Food Network and Melissa D’Arabian for publishing this awesome chili recipe – we’ve never met, but we love your chili!

Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Game Day Chili (click here for original recipe):


2 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
3 cups black beans
2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Kosher salt
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated Cheddar, for garnish
Chopped scallions, for garnish


In a large saucepan or small Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon is cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until the onion softens, about 5 more minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink. Raise the heat to medium-high, deglaze with the beer, and allow to bubble and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beans, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cocoa, and salt. Stir to combine well. Simmer for 30 minutes, or more, and serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped scallion, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian & Food Network

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