Slow Cooker Two-Beer Chili

Two-Beer Chili
3 lbs ground chuck
2 lbs stew beef
2 large onions, either red or yellow, diced
4 large cloves garlic, minced
Olive oil
Chili seasoning (at least 4 T, but can adjust for taste)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 can diced tomatoes with jalapenos
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 12-oz bottles Amber lager (e.g., Killian’s Irish Red, Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Brown stew meat in cast iron skillet in batches. Cut into bite-sized pieces and add to stoneware of large (at least 5.5 quart) slow cooker. Brown ground chuck, drain, and add to stoneware. Soften onions, red pepper and garlic in a bit of olive oil, then add to stoneware.  Add canned tomatoes and rinsed beans, followed by seasonings and beer. Stir to combine, cover and cook on LOW for eight hours.
Serve with whatever toppings you like; we prefer shredded sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream and Fritos.

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