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Buffalo Stout Beer Chilli, the Slow Cooker Challenge and a Giveaway

Crockpot Buffalo Stout Beer Chilli - spicy and delicous

Slow Cooker | February 1, 2014 | By

I love a big bowl of chilli with all the toppings.  It’s a dish that is so much better if slowly cooked, and stout beer adds richness and flavour to any beef casserole. Buffalo Stout Beer Chilli combines the finest of buffalo meat or beef with beer and chilli in a Slow Cooker recipe that you will want to make again and again. 

We had a great start to the Slow Cooker Challenge in January, you can see the delightfully varied offerings in the Slow Cooker Challenge Round Up.  To celebrate this success I have a review and giveaway for you this month: The Southern Slow Cooker by Kendra Bailey Morris  distributed in the UK by PGUK

In order to spread the message of the Slow Cooker Challenge to as many Slow Cooker owners as possible, this month will have an ‘OPEN’ theme, so you can enter any dish cooked in an electric slow cooker.

The Southern Slow Cooker

The Southern Slow Cooker is subtitled Big Flavor, low-fuss recipes for comfort food classics and I think that sums up the recipes and style of Kendra Bailey Morris in this book.   The Southern in the title refers to the Deep South of the USA, and Southern Food is described in the book as “the welcome table, a convivial place where you can savour a hearty meal cooked with love and where there’s always room for one more chair”.

About the Author
Kendra Baily Morris is a cookbook author, food writer, recipe developer and television
host. She served as a judge for the 2011 and 2013 James Beard Awards
and has a masters degree in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth
University. Have a look at The Southern Slow Cooker blogspot for more information.


The introduction to the book includes hints and tips on choosing a slow cooker, thoughts on browning, condensation, the importance of seasoning, a quick note on fats.   Here are a couple of the tips that I found particularly useful:

  • Get a baking dish that fits inside your slow cooker – this enables you to make cakes and desserts without the mixture burning. 
  • Don’t be afraid to season generously as slow cookers steam food for a long time, flavours can become diluted.

Chapter One: Soul-Warming Soup, Stews and Chillis including Mom’s Fully Loaded Potato and Onion Soup, South of the Mason-Dixon Manhattan Clam Chowder, Buffalo Stout Beer Chilli (see below), Chicken and Cornmeal Dumplings and Aunt Barbara’s Stew.

Chapter Two: Low and Slow Meats including Beer Braised Po’ Boys, Meatloaf with Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, Graham Cracker Stuffed Ham Steaks, Country-style Pork Ribs with Bourbon and Coke BBQ Sauce, Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage and Dry Mustard-Rubbed Shredded Chicken.

Chapter Three: Vegetables and Sides including Kale with Ham Hocks, Mom’s Creamy Corn Pudding, Black-Eyed Peas and Stewed Tomatoes, Country Breakfast Apples, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Maple Candied Bacon and Country Ham and Egg Breakfast Bread.

Chapter Four: Desserts and Sweets including Buttermilk Chocolate Spice Cake, Molasses Gingerbread, Gingersnap Peach Upside-Down Cake, Chocolate and Caramel Black Walnut Candies and Lemon Blueberry Buckle.

Chapter Five: Southern Odds and Ends, Plus Non-Slow Cooker Essentials including Apple Butter, Caramel Sauce, Peach Mango Jam, Easy Chicken Broth and the inevitable Cornbread, not cooked in the Slow Cooker but a Southern essential.


Chunks of tender Buffalo or beef slowly cooked in Stout Beer with chilli

Who is it for? 

Anyone who has a Slow Cooker and would like to try making some dishes with a real taste of the South.


There are some really appealing recipes in the book. The recipes are well laid out with an introduction to each recipe and recommendations for drinks, some recipes also have extra hints and tips.  I loved the desserts chapter as slow cookers are not noted for use in making dessert, I haven’t tried them yet but am hoping to in the near future. 


Regular readers know that I love to photograph with each recipe.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with this book, but the photos that are there are very good and very tempting.   The recipes are written with US measurements which doesn’t bother me as I can work with pounds, ounces, and cups as well as metric measurements.  I was, however,  a little disappointed that there wasn’t even a conversion chart at the end of the book. 

The Southern Slow Cooker by Kendra Bailey Morris
Published by Ten Speed Press, distributed in the UK by PGUK
Available online from £12 – £14

Slow Cooker Buffalo Stout Chilli - a rich and delicious recipe for the crockpot

Slow Cooker Buffalo Stout Beer Chilli
Serves 8
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  1. 2 pounds ground buffalo meat (I used steak mince)
  2. 1 large onion, diced
  3. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  4. 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  5. 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, such as Rotel Brand (I used diced tomatoes with some finely chopped fresh chillis)
  6. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  7. 3 tbsp chilli powder (this seems a huge amount, so be careful, not all chilli powders are the same heat!)
  8. 1 tsp cumin
  9. 1 tsp oregano
  10. 1 tsp brown sugar
  11. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  12. 1 bay leaf
  13. 1 (12 ounce) bottle dark beer, perferably a stout
  14. 6 tblsp tomato paste (3 ounces)
  15. 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  16. salt and black pepper
Optional Thickener
  1. 2 tbsp fine cornflour
  2. 2 tbsp cold water
Optional Garnishes
  1. Cheddar Cheese, grated
  2. Green onions, both green and white parts mixed
  3. Fresh cilantro (coriander) chopped
  4. Sour Cream
  5. Hot Sauce
  6. Tortilla chips or cornbread
  1. Spray the inside of a large slow cooker with cooking spray
  2. Heat a large saucepan on the stove-top over medium-high heat. Crumble in the buffalo meat and cook until well browned, about 7 to 8 minutes . Use a slotted spoon to transfer the meat to the slow cooker. Drain off half the fat in the saucepan and discard it. Add the onion and garlic to the remaining fat and saute until translucent, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Pour the onion, garlic, and pan juices into the slow cooker. Ad the tomato sauce, tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, chilli powder, cumin, oregano, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, cayenne, bay leaf, beer and tomato paste. Give it a stir and add the pinto beans. Cover and cook on low for t least 8 hours and up to 10 hours, skimming off any surface fat from time to time.
  4. If you prefer a thicker chilli, during the last 45 to 60 minutes before serving. Mix together the fine cornflour and cold water in a small bowl. Then remove the lid, crank the slow cooker up to high, and whisk in the corn flour mixture.
  5. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Remove the bay leaf. Serve the chilli topped with the garnishes or pass them to the side.
  1. If you can't get buffalo meat, then you can make the Chilli with beef.
Adapted from The Southern Slow Cooker
Adapted from The Southern Slow Cooker
Farmersgirl Kitchen

The Slow Cooker Buffalo Beer Chilli was a delicious rich bowl of chilli, the stout gives a depth to the chilli which works really well and although there seem to be a lot of ingredients, the recipe was very simple to make and I had enough to freeze for another day. Do add the garnishes, they make it so much more fun to eat and the different flavours and textures finish the dish perfectly.

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If you would like to join me for the Slow Cooker Challenge, then please:

  • Make your recipe in your Slow Cooker and post a photograph and the recipe, or a link to a recipe, on your blog
  • Link to Farmersgirl Kitchen
  • Use the Slow Cooker Challenge logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @FarmersgirlCook and
    #SlowCookerChallenge and I will re-tweet it to my followers AND post
    your post your pictures on a decicated Pinterest board.


  • Please do not publish recipes from cookbooks on your blog without permission, they are copyright.
  • If you are using recipes from another website, please link to
    the recipe on the website rather than publishing the recipe.
  • One entry per blog.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the 28th of each month.

To enter the prize draw to win a copy of The Southern Slow Cooker by Kendra Bailey Morris please link up your Slow Cooker Recipe to the Linky and leave me a comment, telling me why you would like to win The Southern Slow Cooker (UK only).


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  1. Leave a Reply

    belleau kitchen
    February 1, 2014

    The bowl of chili looks great. I actually saw done buffalo meat for sale in our local butcher so I may have to give this a go! I don't own a slow cooker but I feel this is something I should rectify x

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    February 1, 2014

    I don't have a slow cooker as I use a big Le Creuset pan over a very low heat. But perhaps a slow cooker would be easier. Anyway, this recipe looks delicious a definitely one to book mark. GG

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    Fiona Maclean
    February 2, 2014

    I'm the same as GG – I did have a slow cooker but I honestly didn't use it. I do have a huge Creuset, which sits in the oven for 6 hours or more sometimes

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    Ren Behan
    February 2, 2014

    This would be a great Superbowl recipe for this evening! Will dig my slow cooker out xx

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    Sylvia F.
    February 2, 2014

    Chilli looks fantastic! I'm the same as GG and Fiona, use my cast iron pot 🙂 But I was always curious why it is so popular?

  6. Leave a Reply

    February 2, 2014

    Dom & Chris: you can pick up a slow cooker for very little or simply cook the recipe on a low heat in the oven.
    GG/Fiona: I used to use my Le Creuset but it's more economical to cook for a long time in a slow cooker than in the oven or on the hob. I didn't get on with my slow cooker in the 1980s, but love this Sear and Stew one.
    Karen: Thanks X
    Ren: So it would for the six nations!

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    February 2, 2014

    Sylvia F: Thanks for the kind comment. Slow cookers are way more forgiving than cooking in your cast iron pot in the oven, you can leave it all day. Also more economical, less fuel to cook.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    February 2, 2014

    What a brilliant way to serve chilli. It looks so appetising. I'm going to do that next time I make chilli!

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    Lou, Eat Your Veg
    February 3, 2014

    I've no idea why exactly it's taken me so long but only this morning have I finally ordered my very first slow cooker!!! And can now join in with your lovely challenge, I'm obviously planning on quite a few slow cooker recipes so might just be inundating you!

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    Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
    February 4, 2014

    I adore chilli with all the trimmings, I think that the toppings are as important as the chilli.

    I have a recipe for this month's challenge too!

  11. Leave a Reply

    February 4, 2014

    Vanesther – you could certainly cook the chilli in your aga but I'm afraid it wouldn't be eligible for the linky.
    Jac – I always think the bits and pieces are the best bit!
    Louise – woo hoo!
    Jane – glad you like it
    Helen – yes, my sentiments exactly. Look forward to seeing your entry 🙂

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    February 4, 2014

    Sounds yummy but don't make beef often and no slow cooker yet in my kitchen.Cheers- Manjiri-sliceoffme

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    Tina Anand
    February 5, 2014

    I could really do with tucking into a bowl of chilli right now. It looks delicious, especially all the toppings.

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    February 6, 2014

    Ooh desserts in a slow cooker? Look forward to you trying some of those out.

  15. Leave a Reply

    Jibber JabberUK
    February 14, 2014

    You can never have enough cook books and perhaps a slow cooker one would make me be more inventive than 'chuck it all in'!

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