Beer makes just about anything better. And that includes food. And while you can always sip a brew alongside a meal, why not use some of that hoppy goodness to add some flavor to your actual cooking? Here, some delicious recipes that feature beer as an ingredient—including dessert.
Instant Pot BBQ Beer Pulled Chicken Tacos
What beer it uses: Your favorite! The author has used (and recommends) pumpkin beer, but you can also skip the beer altogether if it's not your thing.
Key notes: The beer adds a robust flavor to the shredded chicken, but you can also swap it out for chicken broth or another liquid of your choice.
Beer Cheese Soup
The Recipe: Beer Cheese Soup
What beer it uses: Pilsner beer.
Key notes: You can’t get more beer-centric in food than with a beer cheese soup. Perfect for game nights and chilly weather, serve this in a bread bowl for something yummy, easy, and extra comforting.
Beer Battered Cod Lettuce Wraps
What beer it uses: A pale ale or other light beer.
Key notes: The light beer keeps the beer batter from getting heavy or greasy, which is ideal for a battered cod. The lettuce wrap is finished with coleslaw, crema, radishes, and cilantro for a delicious, healthy twist on fish tacos.
Peel ‘N Eat Beer Steamed Shrimp
The Recipe: Peel ‘N Eat Beer Steamed Shrimp
What beer it uses: A lager-style beer.
Key notes: This appetizer is a perfect melding of garlic, onion, and—yes—beer. Don’t forget the sourdough bread so you can sop up the remaining sauce.
Stout Chocolate Brownies
The Recipe: Stout Chocolate Brownies
What beer it uses: Stout. (Obviously.)
Key notes: Who said all beer-focused recipes had to be savory? These brownies up the ante with richness from the stout. (Don’t worry, you won’t taste “beer.”)
Beer Braised Beanless Chili
The Recipe: Beer Braised Beanless Chili
What beer it uses: Any kind! Light, dark, you can use whatever you like or have on hand.
Key notes: This simple chili features no beans, so there's a heavy emphasis on meat—it’s perfect with tortilla chips and sour cream. And the leftovers are even better.