Beer and Barley Chili

Recipe sponsored by LetsGrabA.Beer

Last week I had a great time on a trip to Wyoming and Idaho (which you may have seen on my Snapchat). I learned a lot about barley growing, specifically for beer, and met some local farmers who grow and supply barley for Anheuser-Busch. I really enjoyed seeing the passion and dedication of some of the growers, and the pride they took in their farms. I had never been to that part of the country and it was shockingly beautiful everywhere I looked. I was immediately inspired to create a recipe that used barley and beer!

Barley is such a versatile ingredient to cook with. It can take the place of any grain, rice, or pasta in a recipe. You just boil it for an hour or so until it becomes tender and it is ready to eat. In the past I have used it in risotto, had it for breakfast, and made a grain salad with it.

This time though, I made a fresh summer chili with some beef, pork, and lots of barley. I loaded up the chili with summer veggies like corn and zucchini to keep everything light and fresh tasting.

Squad goals though. Big thanks to @letsgrababeer for an unforgettable few days. #tkgtravels #barleyfieldtrip

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Before the recipe, here is a picture of the group of us in Idaho! It was such a fun trip and I loved all the people I met.

Typical Wednesday, drinking beers in the barley fields with @kirstenalana. #barleyfieldtrip @letsgrababeer

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This is what happens when you drop a group of bloggers into a barley farm!
Now on to the recipe! First, sweat the onions and peppers, and brown the meat. There is pork and ground beef in the mix. Beer goes in next. I used a Goose Island IPA. Tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and barley along with some spices. After it simmers for an hour and a half it is looking real good. Top with some sour cream and cilantro and serve! Like I said earlier, this chili isn't too heavy cause of all the veggies, but it fills you up. It has a nice light beer flavor running throughout which the barley plays well with. Serve it with the same beer you put it! I used an IPA but you can use any beer you like to make it your own.

Beer and Barley Chili

  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 pound diced pork
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Bell Pepper diced
  • 3 Jalapenos diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 28 ounces Canned Diced Tomato
  • 2 12 ounce Beers
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce diced
  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 2 small Zucchinis diced
  • 1 cup Corn
  • sour cream and cilantro for serving


  1. Cook the beef and pork in the pot to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, pepper, and jalapeno and sweat, stirring often, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  4. Add everything else and stir well. Season to taste. Cover and simmer about an hour and a half until the barley is tender.
  5. Serve with sour cream and cilantro.