Beef & Beer Risotto

Feb 11

Cooking with beer makes me feel a bit like a rebel. There’s something about adding alcohol to a pot of risotto that seems so wrong but also so right. And when you taste the risotto, you will know it’s the right decision :)

I love cooking with beer- change the beer and the whole flavoring of the dish changes. I prefer cooking with darker beers instead of lighter ones– the darker ones have fuller body and flavor. When we go to Costco, there are always awesome microbrew samplers, and it’s fun to try new beers in my recipes and to drink while cooking :)

Do you cook with beer? What’s your favorite kind?

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  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 12oz beer (I used Wise Cracker Wit)
  • 2 cups fat free, low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 4 oz shredded swiss cheese
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • Salt, pepper
  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy


In a medium to large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and beef.  Break apart and brown sausage.

Once the ground beef is cooked, add the rice and mushrooms and stir until the rice is toasted, about 4 minutes.

Add a third of the beer to the toasted rice, cook until liquid is absorbed, then continue to add beer two more times until the bottle is empty.  Then add the broth is 1/2 cup increments. Wait until the liquid is absorbed before adding additional liquid to the pan.

Cook until the rice is tender and creamy. Stir in the butter, cheese, and spinach until well mixed.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve and enjoy!

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Comments: 27

  1. Christine Luken Feb 11 at 10:48 am Reply

    I’ve made beer chicken in the crock pot, but I’ve not used it in a beef dish. I pinned this recipe for future reference!

  2. Allyson Zea Feb 11 at 10:56 am Reply

    I love cooking with beer too, my favorite thing to make is beer cheese soup…because I LOVE cheese as well! This looks delicious!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Feb 11 at 11:25 am Reply

    Actually, when I make a turkey, I pour a beer over it before I put it in the oven. It comes out soooo juicy!

  4. Debbie Denny Feb 11 at 2:19 pm Reply

    I love cooking with beer and wine. Great recipe!

  5. Looks delicious!

  6. Jennifer B Feb 11 at 5:37 pm Reply

    Wow this sounds and looks amazing! I know beer is really good to cook with!

  7. Sandra Feb 11 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I love risotto and make several kids but have never heard of this. My dad would love it, thanks for sharing!

  8. Pam Feb 11 at 6:42 pm Reply

    I love risotto and cooking with beer. I make a beer bread and a beer beef stew that are fantastic.

  9. Debbie L. Feb 11 at 7:09 pm Reply

    We love risotto – but I have never tried to make it. I will give this recipe a try. I am sure hubby will like it.

  10. Lexie Lane Feb 11 at 7:15 pm Reply

    I love risotto. I don’t think I’ve ever had it with beer in the recipe. I bet it makes it so much better!

  11. lisa jones Feb 11 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Sounds & Looks Delicious I Have A Certain Recipe I Use With Beer & It Makes All The More Tasty Will Have To Try!!

  12. Milena Feb 11 at 7:53 pm Reply

    I just love all of these ingredients! I’m always a hit or miss with risotto. I’ll have to give this recipe a try- thanks!

  13. Helene Cohen Bludman Feb 11 at 7:57 pm Reply

    This sounds delicious. I love risotto. Can’t wait to try it.

  14. Aly Mashrah Feb 11 at 9:10 pm Reply

    That looks good. I don’t drink beer, but I’m sure I could find another substitute to try this recipe out, it sounds yummy.

  15. chrishelle ebner Feb 11 at 10:15 pm Reply

    I have never made risotto. This looks like a yummy dish. I like cooking with beer. (I make a mean beer cheese soup) I will be giving this a try.

  16. Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas Feb 11 at 11:00 pm Reply

    I’ve made meatballs with a beer sauce before, but never anything like this! Looks really yummy.

  17. Lisa Feb 11 at 11:27 pm Reply

    I’m going to have to try and make this!

  18. Janeane Davis Feb 12 at 12:33 am Reply

    I had always thought of rissoto as a delicate dish. The name of your recipe makes it sound hearty and substantive. I like it!

  19. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Feb 12 at 1:31 am Reply

    I haven’t played around with the craft beers much at all. My kids are really into them and always telling me the ones they enjoy. I think I’ve used beer a few times in the slow cooker.

  20. Carlee C Feb 12 at 1:54 am Reply

    I have never cooked with beer before, but it is definitely something I would like to try. My hubby makes beer bread around the holidays. I might have to try it in the slow cooker.

  21. Danielle Feb 12 at 2:04 am Reply

    This looks so delicious! i adore cooking with wine, and beer… particularly steak and guinness!

  22. Mama to 5 Blessings Feb 12 at 9:30 am Reply

    sounds like a good mix, I have never had risotto before I need to try it!

  23. Amanda Love Feb 12 at 10:09 am Reply

    Hubby would certainly love this. Just the word beer would have him wanting to do it himself and he’s a great cook. :)

  24. brett Feb 12 at 12:50 pm Reply

    my husband would be doing cartwheels if i cooked with beer!! i love risotto

  25. Danielle @ We Have It All Feb 12 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Would you believe I’ve never cooked with beer before?!? THis sounds good, I should give it a shot!

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