Russian Chili

Russian Chili

5 Reviews 2 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h
  • Ready In

    1 h 15 m
Paul Rugala
Recipe by  Paul Rugala

“A bold twist to a traditional favorite. This recipe would have even pleased Stalin.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until brown. Drain and let cool. Rinse with water. Drain.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, cook onion, bell pepper and celery in oil until just tender. Stir in ground beef, beer, water, chili powder, salt, pepper, parsley and cumin. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste and cook 10 minutes more.
  4. Stir in kidney beans and heat through. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.

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I think the taste of the beer was too overwhelming and there were too many onions. The flavor just wasn't pleasing.



Truth be told, I didn't add the cup of sour cream to the entire chili, which is, from what I can glean, the ingredient that makes this "Russian." We like to glop our own sour cream (along w/ grated cheese and green onion) as we're serving. There is NO chance that this serves 8 though b/c I doubled the beans, and added a can of diced tomatoes, and fed 3 hungry folks who'd come in from a snowy day to the delicious aroma of chili, and had a smidgen for leftovers, maybe just enough to doll up a baked potato tomorrow. I can only imagine that the type of "can of beer" could make a difference, depending on which kind you use -- Guinness? Pale ale? That funky lime-flavored beer? I'd give this 5-stars for watching in awe as my 3-year old demolished her bowl, but 3-4 stars for it being a ho-hum-kinda-chili. Good, but not outstanding. One of the last chilis that I reviewed "Emily's Chipotle Chili" blew this one away, but I'm still on my mission to test out as many chili recipes that there are on AR, sooooo here's my Russian Chili Haiku: "Didn't quite add up. Sour Cream mixed in the pot? It needed more beans."



Wow. This is different but I don't know about associating it with a dictator.

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 422 cal
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 26.2 g
  • 40%
  • Carbs
  • 20.2 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 24.5 g
  • 49%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium
  • 393 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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