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Braised Beef Oven Chili

Braised Beef Oven Chili. Imagine a delicious rich, spicy chili with tender pieces of pot roast in it. That’s what you get in this incredible slow cooked, comfort food meal.

Braised Beef Oven Chili - imagine a great slow cooked chili with chunks of tender pot roast instead of ground beef.

Braised Beef Oven Chili

Originally published March 2011.

Spouse seems to be on a bit of a quest to make the perfect bowl of chili. She does several great versions of great chili, including the recently featured 15 Bean Sausage Chili.

That recipe incorporates some spicy Italian sausage into the mix for an incredible infusion of flavour.

Uncooked cut of beef chuck roast on a cutting board

I like to use Chuck/Blade roast for a pot roast and for this recipe.

This is a real comfort food version of chili that is totally made in the oven. That makes it a perfect meal idea on a day like today when we are in the middle of a snow storm.

It promises to dump about 12 inches of the white stuff on us before it lets up.

Braised Beef Oven Chili wide shot plated with focaccia bread

Braised Beef Oven Chili

The difference in this recipe is that it uses a beef roast. That roast is slowly braised to tender perfection in the spicy tomato based sauce.

Imagine a slow simmered thick bowl of chili with pieces of pot roast in it. It’s just an amazing comfort food meal.

Braised Beef Oven Chili - imagine a great slow cooked chili with chunks of tender pot roast instead of ground beef.

Braised Beef Oven Chili

What about the bread?

UPDATE: Several people have asked about the bread in the photos which we served with this delicious Braised Beef Oven Chili. It is actually a combination of 2 bread ideas, French & Italian.

Click here for our French Focaccia Bread recipe

French Focaccia Bread photo with title text added for Pinterest

You might also like another amazingly delicious, slow cooked meal, Burgundy Beef Stew.

Burgundy Beef Stew photo with title text for Pinterest

Burgundy Beef Stew

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Braised Beef Oven Chili - imagine a great slow cooked chili with chunks of tender pot roast instead of ground beef.
Yield: 8 servings

Braised Beef Oven Chili

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Imagine a delicious rich, spicy chili with tender pieces of pot roast in it. That's what you get in this incredible slow cooked, comfort food meal.


  • 2 lb beef roast
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 6 oz beer
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 large fresh tomatoes diced
  • 1 large roasted red pepper, peeled and diced small
  • ½ to 1 whole jalapeño pepper finely minced, optional
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 5 tbsp chilli powder, more or less to taste
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 6 tbsp molasses
  • 1 can kidney beans, or 1 1/2 cups of your favorite cooked beans
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels, fresh or frozen


  1. Cheap cuts of beef are fine and are actually best for braising. Chuck, blade or cross rib roast would work fine.
  2. Season the roast with salt and pepper and brown it all over in a hot cast iron skillet over medium high heat with a little vegetable oil, then transfer the browned roast to a medium sized covered roasting pan or large covered casserole dish.
  3. Add the garlic, onion, beer, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, red pepper, jalapeño pepper, kosher salt, black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, molasses, sweet corn and kidney beans.
  4. Stir all together then cover the roasting pan with aluminum foil and then the cover to create a tighter seal. Place in a 325 degree F oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the sauce is thickened and the beef is falling apart. Remove the roast from the pan, trim any fat and break the roast up into small chunks like when making pulled pork. Return the beef pieces to the chili and stir in. You can also stir in a little freshly chopped cilantro at the end as well if you like. 

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

8 servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 368Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 6gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 78mgSodium 871mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 7gSugar 21gProtein 27g

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Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Great recipe! I’ve done this recipe with a few variations and found it turns out best by first splitting the jalapeños (2each) in half and searing in a pan before pulling the seeds, veins, skins. This adds the flavor but pulls down the lip burning heat.

My favorite variation: When I want heat, I add fresh roasted hatch green chilies. I suppose a small can of Hatch Chilies (Hot) would work if you didn’t get your fresh chilies by September. The difference is that you get that warm simmer from you throat to your belly that is common in New Mexican food. I also sear the corn to give it the roasted corn texture you get in Mexican street corn.

My second favorite variation: add chipotle peppers in Adobo. 1 whole chipotle pepper (canned) and a few tablespoons of the adobo sauce adds a little extra smoky heat. Funny story; I gave the recipe to my wife with a note to add the chipotle pepper and she thought I meant the whole can. The chili was like fire! I place the remaining chipotles in a freezer ziplock and cut pieces off to drop onto other sauces.


Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Thanks Barry for your great recipes. It seems Mother Nature cannot get rid of Old Man Winter in Atlantic Canada so we continue to rely on your wonderful comport foods like this braised beef oven chili. Many times I purchase pot roasts when they are on sale and cut them into stewing meat before freezing. Sometimes stewing beef is more expensive than the pot roast itself and with a good knife and cutting board, one can have their own stew meat on hand. I did this in this instance and the results were fantastic. (Just adjust oven time because the meat is in smaller chunks.) The molasses is a great addition to mellow the spices a bit and add depth. This chili will be made over and over again in this house especially for any "game day" and with grilled corn on the BBQ this summer (if it arrives) on the patio. I also made the french focaccia bread to go with this heart warming dish. Five stars for sure.


Saturday 21st of March 2020

Barry just small thing, but it makes me crazy when recipes call for a "can" of beans and do not specify the size of can. Canned beans come in many different sizes..

Noelle Perry-Earle

Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Barry what kind of beer do you normally use in this recipe? Is it a domestic run of the mill like Keith's or Moosehead or maybe a stout like Guinness, a wheat beer....?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 26th of February 2015

Whatever you like really, Noelle but I think a wheat beer is too light to have much flavour influence. I gravitate toward heavier tasting beers anyway. A stout would work well but if you want lighter with still some flavour to add to the party, I'd use a pilsner. Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic is a fave of mine and it's pretty widely available now.

Cathy T

Saturday 3rd of November 2012

I made this a couple of weeks ago and it was amazing. I'm making it again tomorrow! :)

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