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Oktoberfest Chili

Oktoberfest Chili

Are you ready to add a little German twist to your chili? Look no further than Oktoberfest Chili! This hearty and flavorful dish combines the best of traditional chili with the rich and savory flavors of German cuisine. Whether you’re celebrating Oktoberfest or simply looking for a new chili recipe to try, this dish will not disappoint. Let’s dive in and explore all the deliciousness that Oktoberfest Chili has to offer!

The Perfect Blend of Flavors

Oktoberfest Chili takes the classic chili recipe and adds a German twist with ingredients like bratwurst, sauerkraut, and German beer. The result is a flavorful medley of smoky, tangy, and savory goodness that will have your taste buds dancing. Picture the rich flavors of a bratwurst simmering in a tomato-based broth, complemented by the tanginess of sauerkraut and the depth of German beer. It’s like a symphony of flavors in every spoonful!

Bratwurst: The Star of the Show

At the heart of Oktoberfest Chili is the bratwurst. This traditional German sausage brings a burst of flavor and texture to the dish. The bratwurst is typically browned before being added to the chili, giving it a slightly crispy exterior that contrasts beautifully with the tender meat inside. As you take a bite, you’ll experience the smoky, savory notes that make bratwurst so beloved.

Sauerkraut: A Tangy Twist

Another key ingredient in Oktoberfest Chili is sauerkraut. This fermented cabbage adds a tangy and slightly sour flavor that cuts through the richness of the bratwurst and lends a unique twist to the chili. It’s like a burst of brightness in every bite, adding depth and complexity to the overall flavor profile.

A Hearty and Satisfying Meal

Oktoberfest Chili is not just about the flavors; it’s also a hearty and satisfying meal. The combination of bratwurst, sauerkraut, beans, and spices creates a chili that is packed with protein and fiber. It’s the kind of dish that will keep you full and satisfied for hours, making it perfect for chilly fall evenings or gatherings with friends and family.

Pairing Suggestions

Wondering what to serve with your Oktoberfest Chili? Here are a few suggestions to enhance your dining experience:

  • Soft pretzels: The soft and chewy texture of pretzels pairs perfectly with the bold flavors of the chili.
  • German potato salad: The tanginess of German potato salad complements the sauerkraut in the chili.
  • Beer: What better way to celebrate Oktoberfest than with a cold German beer?


Oktoberfest Chili is a delicious fusion of traditional chili and German flavors. It’s a hearty and satisfying meal that will transport your taste buds to the lively streets of Munich. So why not give it a try? Whip up a batch of Oktoberfest Chili, grab a cold beer, and celebrate the flavors of Germany right in your own kitchen!


Q: Can I use any type of bratwurst for this recipe?

A: While traditional pork bratwurst is recommended for authentic German flavor, you can certainly experiment with different types of bratwurst, such as chicken or turkey, to suit your dietary preferences.

Q: Can I make this chili vegetarian-friendly?

A: Absolutely! Simply omit the bratwurst and replace it with plant-based sausage or additional beans for a delicious vegetarian version of Oktoberfest Chili.

Q: Can I make this chili in a slow cooker?

A: Yes, you can! Brown the bratwurst before adding it to the slow cooker along with the other ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours for maximum flavor.

Q: Is Oktoberfest Chili spicy?

A: The level of spiciness can be adjusted to your preference. If you prefer a milder chili, you can reduce or omit the chili powder and cayenne pepper.

Q: How long does Oktoberfest Chili last in the fridge?

A: When stored in an airtight container, Oktoberfest Chili can last for up to 4-5 days in the refrigerator.

Q: Can I freeze leftovers?

A: Absolutely! Oktoberfest Chili freezes well. Simply transfer it to freezer-safe containers or bags and store for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Q: Can I add other vegetables to this chili?

A: Of course! Feel free to add diced bell peppers, carrots, or any other vegetables you enjoy to customize the chili to your liking.

Q: What kind of German beer should I use?

A: Opt for a malty and slightly hoppy German beer, such as a Märzen or a Dunkel, to enhance the flavors of the chili.

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Oktoberfest Chili

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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 45 minutes
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Servings 14


  • 2 ½ pounds of fresh bratwurst links , sliced into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon fat , divided
  • 1 large onion , finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper , finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers , finely chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 2 cups of drained sauerkraut
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of drained and rinsed red beans
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans of tomato juice
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle of German-style beer
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • ¼ cup of chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons of white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 2 ½ ounces of milk chocolate candy


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings over medium heat.
  • Add the bratwurst to the skillet and cook until browned and no longer pink inside, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes.
  • Drain excess grease from the skillet.
  • In a large, deep pot, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, green and jalapeno peppers, and garlic to the pot and cook until the onion becomes translucent, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer the cooked bratwurst to the pot with the vegetables.
  • Stir in the sauerkraut, red beans, petite diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, beer, salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, allspice, and oregano.
  • Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Stir in the milk chocolate until melted and dissolved.
  • Simmer the chili for 5 hours, stirring occasionally.
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