Amy Green

Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter

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I like to buy quality meat and stretch it with produce. This chili has more than enough meat for our family but if you’d like you can increase the meat by 50 percent. Make the heat of this stew perfect for your palate by using more or less chili powder. I know the recipe says that chips are optional but I personally find them necessary! My favorite part of this thick chili is dipping a salty tortilla chip into it. If you like lots of heat, try The Heat is On peanut butter instead of Old Fashioned Smooth.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings

Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter


Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
6 cloves of garlic, grated on a micro-plane or finely minced
1 pound of lean beef, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups beef stock
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon basil
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14.5-ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter
Cilantro, optional
Lime wedges optional
Tortilla chips, optional


1. Heat the olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5-8 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, until fragrant.

2. Add the beef and sea salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown on all sides. Add the beef stock, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is tender.

Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter

3. Stir in honey, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, coriander, basil, oregano, ground pepper, tomatoes, and pinto beans. Heat through.

Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter  Added Vegetable and beans

4. Ladle approximately 2 cups of the chili broth into a large measuring cup or bowl. Add Old Fashioned Smooth peanut butter and whisk until combined. Add peanut butter mixture back to the chili pot and stir to combine.

Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter  Whisk in Peanut Butter

5. Serve hot with cilantro, lime wedges, and tortilla chips if desired.

Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter  Serve Hot


In this recipe Amy adds a peanut butter twist to the traditional Chili recipe. Which other ways can you use peanut butter in a spicy recipe?

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34 Responses to Spicy Beef Chili with Peanut Butter

  1. makayla says:

    Spicy barbeque chicken and maybe a spicy hummus recipe

  2. Tiffany S. says:

    peanut butter and siracha make a great, spicy combo!

  3. Em Robin says:

    Curries and in salsa

  4. Irene Chen says:

    A red pepper flake chicken pasta dish.

  5. Jennifer Hudson Mosher says:

    A little PB mixed in in a taco…yum!

  6. Susan Christy says:

    Thai Chicken Pizza

  7. Joy says:

    peanut butter batter for fried chicken!

  8. Jennifer says:

    PB and Asuan Chili Garlic sauce is one of my favorite toppings for tofu & veggies

  9. Mary H. says:

    You can use peanut butter with other ingredients and cook with chicken pieces and server over rice.

  10. vickie says:

    I love your recipe saved and shared.
    I use pb for spicy recipes too.
    3 family faves are
    Fudge, yes fudge
    Chicken Satay
    and my spicy pb shrimp curry over rice…so good. oh and my sweet and sour chicken…so many recipes and kick up your plain ole recipes with peanut butter.

  11. Francisco says:

    I would mix the PB with spicy lentils or black beans and spread it on a burrito with lettuce, tomato, and a little cheese for a great vegetarian meal.

  12. Sandy N. says:

    Id make some Spicy Thai Noodles and add chicken to the recipe too.

  13. Scott says:

    I would add it to a lamb curry dish.

  14. Linda F says:

    in a spicy Barbeque sauce

  15. Colleen G says:

    Id make some Spicy Thai Noodles

  16. Hilary A says:

    I would definitely add garlic, teriyaki sauce, red pepperflakes to the peanut butter, maybe a little bit of sesame oil for a very quick Thai sauce that tastes excellent over rice with shrimp /your choice of meats and vegetables. Delish!

  17. sarah s says:

    i think a spicy peanut sauce on chicken would be great. top with fresh cilantro!!

  18. Terry Riley says:

    Peanut Butter and Asian sauce for a spicy chicken or shrimp stir fry is phenomenal.

  19. Heidi Spero says:

    add a little peanut butter to taco meat and seasoning. It gives it another layer of flavor and adds a little creamy texture. thank you

  20. stacy philip says:

    I would spicy peanut butter to a grilled chicken dish.

  21. Jeffrey says:

    I like adding it to spicy wing sauce, it adds a great flavor. I’ve never tried it in chili, always used a bit of dark chocolate. Definitely going to in the next batch on gameday!

  22. Jessica says:

    I made a peanut butter and hot mustard base for a tuna salad once. It was pretty darn good.

  23. Paula Hurley says:

    A big dab of smooth peanut butter on a Ritz cracker then press the cracker with the PB into a small bowl of spicy pumpkin seeds delicious big bite with the seeds sticking to the PB…..yummy!

  24. Jamie Feldman says:

    I love a spicy peanut butter sauce over noodles with vegetables!

  25. Amy P says:

    This chili sounds good. I will have to try it. Lots of other good suggestions in the comments. I think peanut butter in taco meat sounds interesting. Thanks.

  26. Keegan says:

    Spicy peanut and ginger satay sauce over spaghetti squash noodles!

  27. Marianne Hertel says:

    I love Thai food! I would use this spicy peanut butter sauce over noodles,you can eat it hot or cold the next day!!

  28. Kelli says:

    I’d use it for a satay sauce.

  29. Cheryl Ray says:

    I use a peanut butter and mustard mixture for slather on a ham, then bake it. The glaze keeps the juices in the ham and the flavor of the baked pb and mustard it wonderful. This is what my mother did with a bone in ham.

  30. Amber says:

    I’d add it to my homemade hummus. I live in an area where tahini is hard to find so I sub peanut butter all the time. A gir’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

  31. Whitney Lindeman says:

    Love mixing it with sriracha and sometimes lime to make a spicy peanut sauce!

  32. Sand says:

    I have made spicy thai noodles with peanut butter before.

  33. nik says:

    Peanut Butter Ghost Chile Cupcakes

  34. leann lindeman says:

    peanut buttter would be good in thai food.

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