Altstadt Signature Recipes

Create these recipes to compliment our German-Style Beers!

Altstadt Amber Texas Chili


  • 4 thick cut bacon strips
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 white onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (seeded and finely chopped)
  • 2 poblano peppers (seeded and finely chopped)
  • 2 jalapeño peppers (seeded and finely chopped)
  • 2 habanero peppers (seeded and finely chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tbs of tomato paste
  • 1 can Altstadt Amber (most important ingredient!)
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 3 tbs of chili powder
  • 1 tbs of cumin
  • 1 tbs of smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs of dried Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 tbs of Cayenne pepper (We use 100k Scoville cayenne)
  • 1/2 tbs of dried red pepper (Guajillo)
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 can dark red kidney beans (optional)


  1. in a large pot, cook bacon to desired doneness. Remove bacon and set aside to drain on paper towels, leaving bacon fat in pot (Pro tip: even if you like extra crispy bacon, no one likes crunchy chili. Best to undercook the bacon just slightly)
  2. Add the ground pork and beef to the pot and cook until browned
  3. Add garlic to cooked meat and stir in. Cook until fragrant (1-2 minutes)
  4. Add onion, bell pepper, poblano, jalapeño, and habanero to the pot. Cook veggies until slightly tender. (Onions should become translucent and slightly soft, 8-10 minutes)
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and Altstadt Amber to pot
  6. Add all spices to the pot
  7. Let simmer for 1.5 hours on low heat stirring occasionally (If liquid evaporates too quickly you can add a splash of water)
  8. When there’s about 15 minutes left to simmer add bacon and (optional) beans
  9. Taste for seasoning. May need to add a little extra salt or pepper (but the bacon should help with that)
  10. Serve! Topped with preferred accoutrements! (cheddar, sour cream, diced onion) We recommend a nice glass of Altstadt Kolsch to wash it down

Bonus: This recipe is flexible on its heat scale. On a 1-10 scale, this is probably a solid 4. If you like spicier chili (like we do) feel free to add a Ghost Pepper or Carolina Reaper to the recipe. If you want something less spicy, remove some of the Habenero.