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Cause its chili season!!

Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili | @hbharvest

And it’s Thursday, which means football, which just means GOOD food!

Which also means, SMILE!!

Gosh, I love Thursday. It’s almost always a good day. I mean, it’s basically the weekend, so that just makes the whole mood of the day a million times better, you know? Also, Thursdays during the fall mean football, which means cozy football food for dinner. Reason number 1,444,444,333 why I love fall to pieces!!

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Ok, so I promised I would not bore you with my excitement over fall today.

SOO…let’s talk about the important things in life. Things like that new little black cat of mine, Snape. Remember, I talked all about him on Monday. He’s currently chillin right next to me. He likes to squeeze into the tightest places possible and be EXTRA close to me. It’s the best, I kind of love having the little guy by my side all day. While I work in the kitchen, he hangs out collecting scraps off the floor, then he gets tired and sleeps under my shooting table. While I work at my desk, he’s either on my lap or right beside me in my chair. And when we sleep, well he literally sleeps on top of me. Basically the little guy likes to be in touch at all times. Again, it’s the best.

OK, but the problem?!? He is SO small that I keep trapping him places. Like in cabinets, the bathroom…the fridge…don’t ask. I am also deathly afraid of crushing him, like he is TINY!

I promise photos. Do you want a whole dedicated post, or just a few snaps?? Let me know!

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In other important news, my right hand brother Kai is headed off to school on Saturday and I am beyond sad. I have been working him hard, having him do some filming things and such for the blog…hoping to show you guys soon!!

But really, life is alway more fun when this kid is around, so I am so sad to seem him head off to school. BUT very excited that he is headed off to LA. That means warm Cali visits and lots of shopping with Caitlin (his girlfriend).


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Most important news though?? This crockpot carne asada beer chili!!

It’s actually kind of funny though, because I can’t really take full credit for this idea. See, a while back I asked my oldest brother Creighton if he had any ideas for some fall themed football recipes (his favorite) and of course he responded – chili. Thing is, he likes chili from the packet, so he asked his friends and one of them (hi Tom!) suggested a Carne Asada Chili. I think this was one of the first times I ever asked Creigh for a recipe idea that I came away with one I actually liked.

I was pumped, I mean, carne asada chili? Sounds pretty awesome!!

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So I was sold and literally made it the next day.

This is just like a carne asada taco, but in chili form. Which I’m actually thinking I like better. I know, what?!? But this is just SO good, plus it’s so easy! The meat gets slow cooked all day, then topped with seasoned baked potato wedges and basically every other topping you can think of!

Hello, avocado, jalapeños, cheddar cheese, grilled corn, green onions, FRITOS and maybe even some sour cream or greek yogurt, if you’re into it!

And there you go, that’s your bowl of carne asada chili!!


*Lastly, for those of you who saw the note at the end of my post yesterday, I want to you to know that your efforts to contact Pinterest on my behalf of my issue worked! Pinterest finally contacted me to let me know that we have been removed from their blacklist. They apologized for the inconvenience and said, “Occasionally good websites get caught in the mix when we’re looking for spammy sites. This shouldn’t happen again, however, please let us know if it does”.  Thank you all for being such AWESOME loyal readers. You have no idea how much this means to me. 🙂 Tieghan

Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili | @hbharvest

Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili | @hbharvest

Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 747 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 2 pounds carne asada meat or flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • a good pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) can fired roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • 1 (12 ounce) beer
  • 4-6 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1-2 ( 14 ounce) cans pinto and or black beans, rinsed or drained
  • sliced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, Fritos, grilled corn, limes, sliced jalapenos + fresh cilantro, for topping

Seasoned Potato Wedges


  • Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet, grill pan or grill to high heat.
  • Rub the steak all over with olive oil and season with salt + pepper. Sear the meat on both sides until, light char marks appear, about 3 minutes. Add the meat to the crockpot bowl.
  • To the crockpot, add all the remaining ingredients except the beans (start with 4 cups chicken broth and add the remaining 2 towards the end of cooking if desired). Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hour or on high for 5-6 hours. I recommend cooking on low if possible.
  • Just before serving, shred the meat with two forks. It should easily fall apart. Stir in the beans. If you like a soupy chili, add more chicken broth to your liking.
  • To serve, divide the chili among bowls and top with seasoned baked potato wedges (recipe below), sliced avocado, cheddar cheese, Fritos, grilled corn and jalapeños. EAT!

Seasoned Potato Wedges

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease with a little olive oil.
  • In a large bowl, toss the fries with olive oil. Add the chipotle chile powder, honey, salt and pepper and arrange the fries in a single layer without crowding them (this is very important - I used two baking sheets). Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss, then bake for another 15-20 minutes. I like to start checking them at 15 minutes just to make sure that none are burning or getting too crisp.


*If you are in a hurry, you can skip searing the meat and just add it directly to the crockpot. However, I find that searing the meat really boosts the flavor. **TO MAKE IN TH OVEN: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Heat a large heavy bottomed soup pot to high heat. Rub the steak all over with olive oil and season with salt + pepper. Sear the meat on both sides until, light char marks appear, about 3 minutes. To the pot, add all the remaining ingredients except the beans (start with 4 cups chicken broth and add the remaining 2 towards the end of cooking if desired). Cover and cook for 4-5 hours, string once or twice. Just before serving, shred the meat with two forks. It should easily fall apart. Stir in the beans. If you like a soupy chili, add more chicken broth to your liking. Plate as directed above
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Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili | @hbharvest

But one thing, double up on the cheese. Well two things – DON’T skimp on the potatoes either! Mmmm, K?! Cool! 🙂

Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili | @hbharvest

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  1. There is a leaf in the fourth picture but i don’t see any leaves in the recipe ingredients… Is this a secret herb!? what is it? Just bought the ingredients and am excited to make this!

  2. Way too much liquid, steak didn’t become tender. In no way did the slow cooker version look like the picture on the post.
    Usually there is less liquid used in a slow cooker than on the stove top or in the oven. This post says to use the same amount for both methods. Not a fan.

    1. Hi Janette! I am really sorry you did not like this recipe! Please let me know if you have any questions! Otherwise, I hope you love some other recipes of mine!! xTieghan

  3. 1 star
    I’m not sure what recipe was used in the pictures from this post. It certainly wasn’t what was published. Like many others, mine was very thin, more so than most soup I make, and the meat was not tender. Followed the recipe to the letter, other that the cut of steak. The author said in a previous post that other cuts would work just as well.The pictures on the post look like chili, nothing like what my pot of chili looks like. Wondering if the pictures are actually from the oven version. Much more cooked down and thick like chili should be.

    1. Hey Janette, I am so sorry you had trouble with this recipe. What cut of meat did you use and how long did you cook for? For a thicker chili, just leave the top off the crockpot for the last hour of cooking. This will thicken it up. As for the meat, I need some more details on what you used. Hoping I can help figure out what might be happening! Sorry for the trouble.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday and am looking forward to the leftovers tonight with a hefty piece of cornbread! Love the chili- I doubled down on the cacao powder (because I like it) and added a chopped chipotle pepper and some adobo sauce for some heat. Husband and I both really enjoyed it a lot. My one bit of feedback: I think it’s unnecessary to use a good steak like flank or hangar (what I used) in this recipe since it slow cooks. By the end of 4 hours the meat had broken down more than I like and while it’s still really, really tasty, I think that I would have had better results with a chuck roast (thicker grain) and it would have been cheaper, too.

    1. Right above the broth. Let me know if you still don’t see it. It’s a 12 ounce beer. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  5. The lime juice and jalepanos are not in the recipe to add to the crock pot during cooking so mine turned out bland. Only way I knew was after the fact watching the video. May want to change it

  6. I made this tonight and it was so delicious!! I used Trader Joe’s Carne Asada marinated meat, Dos Equis Amber Beer, and I only used 1 cup of the chicken broth. I made this in my instant pot and ended up boiling it down for 30 min at the end to get the right consistency for us. The flavor profile was amazing! Will definitely make this one again!

  7. I haven’t read all through the comments and by now I’m going to assume Snape is full grown, but kittens:

    we learned to clear rooms and close doors afterwards by looking under furniture, keeping toilet lids down–all the time, anything that could have a clear pane was a good thing–washer and dry both have doors where we can see the interiors, even refrigerators can have clear doors nowadays (but expensive, I’m sure) but that was one thing they didn’t find fascinating/worth exploring–Thank God, and we didn’t walk normally (we walked shuffling our feet so we didn’t step on the little beasties) until they were grown. Yes, it was nice when they were finally aware enough to be nimble about our feet. LOL Mingus (Mr. Fearless) and Carlton (Mr. Feed Me Now) are a hoot and bed hogs given a chance. Have fun with your fur baby.

    1. Hey Sara, I am sorry, I do not feel comfortable converting the recipe to a gallon as I really do not know what the measurements would be. So sorry.

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    question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior
    to writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out.
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  9. This chili turned out fabulous, however I did need to tweak it A LOT to rid it of its soupyness.
    1. I transferred the chili to a stock bot and gave it a good boil in its final 30 minutes, this thickened it up to a good consistency.
    2. I still wanted it a bit thicker, I added about a half of a cup of flour
    3. Instead of grilling the corn to top it (seemed like too many toppings) I added a can of sweet corn.
    4. I pretty much doubled all of the spices, the cocoa gave it a really good rich flavor.
    5. I exxed the potato wedges, they really werent needed, but the squeeze of lime for each portion made it AMAZING.

    All in all I think it all depends on preference, but it was delicious either way. Ill be making it again!

  10. Hi! I made this in the crockpot today with 4 cups of chicken broth and 2lbs stew meat. It is really soupy not like chili at all…how do I make it thicker? Pour out some soup juice and freeze for a base later?

    1. HI! I would cook the soup on high, uncovered over for 20-30 minutes until it thickens. That will solve your issue. Hope you love this! Sorry it was a little soupy for your liking!

      1. I ran into a few issues with this one:
        1. I used 4 cups of broth (in addition to 12 oz of beer) that barely fit in my Crockpot and was surprised that an additional 2 cups of broth was suggested given how soupy it was with 4. I’m glad to see your October 15 (2015) reply about how to thicken the chili. Thank you.
        2. The combination of spices in the ingredients list was compelling, and I loved the suggestions for toppings (Fritos? Genius!), but I was baffled when my first bowl turned out so bland. I added more salt, pepper, cumin and chipotle chili powder and it helped.
        3. Next time I might cut the flank steak into small chunks instead of shredding it given the shreds were a little long (or cut it somewhat before shredding). Not a big problem.
        Despite the lessons learned on my first attempt to replicate one of your recipes, I am not deterred. I’m more than a little intrigued by your recipe collections and unique approach to each one. Glad I found Half Baked Harvest. Keep up the good work:^)

  11. So I made this last night for dinner. My 17 year old couldn’t wait for leftovers tonight! It truly was fantastic….for several reasons. One being its a crockpot recipe, so single mom genius!! I loved having to only prep the toppings when I came home from a day at work. Thanks for making me look awesome once again in the kitchen 🙂