Rocking Root Beer Elk Chili and BONUS root beer recipe!

The danger with mixing root beer and sriracha is that it may taste really terrible.  As a contingency, I’m adding vegetables.  In this way, if something tastes bad, I’ll just blame the veggies.




1 lb elk meat, cut into cubes

1 C homemade root beer*


¾ C diced celery

1 ½ C chopped carrot

1 1/3 C diced red potatoes

1 T chili powder

1 T chili 3000 (Penzey’s)

1 T paprika

¼ t coriander

¼ t tarragon

¼ t BBQ seasoning (Penzey’s)

1 T sriracha sauce

1 (15 oz) can pork and beans

1 can (14.5 oz) chili flavored diced tomatoes

1 C tomato sauce




  1. Marinate the meat in root beer overnight.
  2. Add everything to a crockpot and cook on low for 9 hours.



* Homemade root beer is a great way to get the kids interested in the life of microbes.  It also does well to get the tots off your back about ‘only making booze and chili all the freaking time.’

Here is the bonus recipe:


5 gallons water

4 lb sugar

1 bottle of Zatarain’s brand root beer concentrate

1 package of champagne yeast

(10) 2 L bottles



  1. In ~3 gallons of water dissolve the four pounds of sugar. This will require heating the water and stirring quite a bit.
  2. Once the sugar is in solution, turn off the heat and add the root beer extract. Stir well.
  3. Bring the volume up to 5 gallons.
  4. Once the temperature is below 90F (it really should be at this point), add the yeast and stir well.
  5. Fill clean 2 L soda bottles until they the fluid is about 1” from the top. Then cap.
  6. Shake bottles and leave at room temperature until the bottles become very turgid.
  7. Refrigerate them and enjoy at your leisure.
Rocking Root Beer Elk Chili

Rocking Root Beer Elk Chili


Tasting Notes:


The root beer tastes great, especially over vanilla ice cream.  For a creamer root beer try using 2 lbs of sugar + 3 lbs of honey.


The chili was delicious.  The synthesis of disparate ingredients resulted in an indescribable symphony of chili goodness.  There were hints of root beer and murmurings of hot sauce.  The vegetables did well to contribute to the heartiness of the stew, as the elk meat was moist and tender.


Chili Jr and Mrs. Chili365 enjoyed the chili very much.  Pre and The Pirate have had enough of chili already.  They will no long speak the word ‘chili’.  So much for being ‘in this together’ of the final 22 days.






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2 Responses to Rocking Root Beer Elk Chili and BONUS root beer recipe!

  1. Seriously! Homemade Root Beer! Wow! This sounds like it would be an amazing project for a group of kids – root beer floats and everyone gets to take a bottle home. Who knew! I’ve never heard of champagne yeast and never knew Zatarain’s made a root beer…

    Oh yeah, the chili looks good, too! 🙂

    • spasture says:

      It is pretty fun to drink the fruits of your labor. The root beer recipe can be tweaked for taste- you can make it more like “Mug” or more like Barq’s.

      The chili was good. Marinating the elk makes it oh so tender.

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