Winey Cold Day Chili

"My grandma used to cook this chili on a cold day when we needed to be warmed up down to our bones! It can be made spicy or mild depending on taste, and was a staple of our childhood."

Prep Time


Cook Time

1.5 hours

Paired With

Main Protein



Olive Oil 2tbs, 2 (chopped), (1 yellow, 1 green), 3tsp, 1.5lbs, 1 cup (+extra for soaking beans), 1 (28oz can), 1 (15oz can), 1 (15oz can), 1 (15oz can), 2-3 tbs (to taste), 1-2tsp (optional/to taste), 2tsp, (to taste), (to taste), (Optional)
Vidalia or Red Onion
Bell Peppers
Minced Garlic
Ground Beef
Black Box Merlot/Pinot
Crushed tomato
Black Beans
Dark Red Kidney Beans
Northern White Beans
Chili Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Smoked Paprika
Black Pepper
Beef Broth


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 chopped vidalia or red onions
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1.5lb 85/15 or 80/20 ground beef
  • 1 cup Black Box Merlot or Pinot red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can Northern white beans
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Beef broth (optional)
  • Shredded cheese, sour cream, lime juice, sliced Jalapeno, sliced avocado, or hot sauce to taste

**Rinse and strain beans, soak in a bowl of equal parts wine and water overnight.

Heat oil over high heat in a large, dutch oven or heavy. Add onions and bell peppers. Saute 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown and softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute until fragrant.

  • Add ground beef; break apart and brown.
  • Pour in red wine. Increase heat to high; boil 10 minutes, stirring often and scraping up any bits that stick to bottom of pan. Reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Add crushed tomato and tomato paste to pan along with beans (do not drain). Stir in chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne (optional), cumin and salt and pepper to taste. If chili is too thick, pour in some beef broth.
  • Cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings as needed, and add more beef broth to thin out as needed. Serve with your favorite toppings!