Goat chili

October 24, 2010  •  Category: ,


Goat meat is available at my neighborhood Middle-Eastern store. Much leaner and much more nutritious than other red meats, it makes  an  excellent  chili.

I used cranberry beans to go with it. Simmered the mixture for about  three hours and served it with a handful of extra-sharp cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of chopped onions.

Goat meat has very high  amounts of iron and protein and is very lean. To check a nutriton table, click here.


  • 1 pound of goat meat with bones
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled
  • 2 cups of cranberry beans (can replace with pinto beans)
  • 2 tablespoons  of sumac
  • 1/2 cup of hot pepper paste or tomato paste and 1 red chili pepper (or more, to taste)
  • 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  • 6 cloves of garlic, mashed and some left whole (to taste)
  • 1 sprig of thyme (or whole-leaf zaatar)
  • 6 ounces of shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 white onion, chopped


  1. Brown the meat in a large pot; add the sumac, a few grinds of black pepper  and 8 cups of water.
  2. Add to the pot the onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, thyme and simmer for about one hour.
  3. Rinse the beans and add them to the pot, along with the diced tomatoes and hot pepper paste and simmer for one hour more. Taste and add some mashed garlic and salt. Simmer to reduce the sauce for another (short) hour. When ready to serve, add the cheese and heat in the oven or on the stove a few minutes to melt the cheese; garnish with a sprinkle of chopped onions.


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  1. 5 Star Foodie says:

    I would be a big fan of this if I could ever find goat meat. Perhaps I will try this recipe with bison 🙂

  2. Katie @Cozydelicious says:

    I have got to say that this recipe showcases everything I love about the way you cook. Who else could mix Texas and Lebanon is such creative ways? I love the idea of a chili made with goat meat. And, of course, the added zing of sumac. Yum!

  3. James Walsh says:

    I have never tasted goat and we can’t find it here. I would love to try it one day. Does it not go with yougurt and don’t the greeks eat a lot of it. I didn’t see a lot of it eaten in Egypt when I lived there.
    I made eggs with sumac the other day and they were very good. I was not familiar with this spice but now I will use it more often. I first became aware of it through your site.

  4. Mod Mekkawi says:

    Just read your Goat Chili recipe… couldn’t have come at a better time. Vifs mercis! A few min ago, we canceled a trip to Boston (rainy days thru the week), and thus the great expectations of some savory New England food. So we’ll try your chili instead. Sounds yummy! Will check out WholeFoods Market for the goat meat.

  5. Devaki says:

    Dear Joumana – This is wonderful – I grew up on spring goat and traditional recipes have been passed down for generations in my family. I love ‘select’ spring goat and have found that the quality of the meat is critical to how the meal turns out.

    I am so happy you posted this. I must make this soon!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  6. Simon says:

    My grandfather raised goat for meat and milk. I remember trying to milk them in the chaos (for a 5 yr old) of a goat shed.
    Unfortunately, goat is much too strong for Japanese taste. The meat is hard to find and prohibitively expensive.
    Your dish sounds amazing!

  7. Sushma Mallya says:

    Looks yum, your presentation is superb..

  8. Danielle says:

    I’ve never had goat meat before and I’ve really been wanting to give it a try only I needed to do it in a way my family would be sure to eat it. I think this just might be the winning recipe.

  9. Christine @ Fresh says:

    I wish goat was more common in our region of the world. For some reason, I never see it at the market or farmer’s market. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of the great goat meat recipes that you have shared on this blog. I hope that one day I get to make one.

  10. Mona Diab says:

    Joumana, this looks like a great recepie, but where in Beirut can I find goat meat?? I dont think I have seen it before, will ask my local butcher though. Thanks for this great inspiring blog, you have served as a “what-to-do-for-dinner-today” saver several times.

  11. Priya says:

    Thats a super delicious dish, looks absolutely yummy and tempting..

  12. Koek! says:

    I love goat’s meat. Alas I’ve only had it in restaurants – I’ve never seen it sold at the butcher’s… But if I ever get hold of some I’ll know where to come for a good recipe!
    Robyn x

  13. Katerina says:

    This is perhaps the only way I could be tempted to try goat meat. Here is available too. My father loves it because he was grown up eating this. I on the other hand feel the smell. I believe in this way the smell will be almost gone. So, this is a good way to try it.

  14. kouky says:

    Dans ma région, on consomme de la viande de chèvre, surtout les personnes ayant des problème de cholestérol. mais en fait pour notre santé , on devrait tous le faire! je vais tester cette recette! merci, bonne journée! bises!

  15. Isabelle says:

    What a good idea and great pictures ! We usually eat goat at Easter only, le gigot de chevreau, this is a traditional meal. Your chili looks very tasty. Thank you.

  16. Food Jihadist says:

    I love goat! Can’t wait to try your chilli with goat. What a great idea.

  17. john@heneedsfood says:

    Love goat meat and love the sound of this! I’m glad that the Indian providor 1 minute’s walk from my house sells it

  18. mylittleexpatkitchen says:

    I saw the title of your post and I got *very* excited! I love goat’s meat and cranberry beans. Thanks for a great recipe Joumana!

  19. Lea Ann says:

    I’ve had goat meat once and I must admit, it was quite tasty. I can’t imagine where I’d buy it here.

  20. Nuts about food says:

    I love goat meat, but unfortunately never see it for sale. That looks wonderful

  21. Diane says:

    I used to buy goats meat in S.Africa, but I have never seen it in the UK or France for that matter. France seems to sell everything perhaps I should look again. Diane

  22. Dana says:

    I just love goat! I’ve always kept it to the curries I grew used to it being in, maybe it’s time to branch out my usage of goat. It’s somewhat difficult to come across here, but you can order it at the halal market near to my inlaws home.

  23. Faith says:

    Mike is a big fan of goat meat…I don’t know if it’s available at our butcher so I may have to use lamb instead. Looks like a fantastic chili, Joumana!

  24. Krista says:

    I am SO intrigued by this, Joumana. 🙂 My Aussie friends cook goat regularly, but I’ve never had it in my life. Can’t wait to try it soon!

  25. Joanne says:

    I so wish goat were more readily available here! I really love it. This preparation of it sounds delicious.

  26. deana says:

    I once had a goat pull a huge chunk of my hair straight out of my head…
    hated them ever since… but why not eat them,nasty little buggers! Great
    chili recipe!

  27. Conor @ HoldtheBeef says:

    Fantastic recipe, I love goat and especially when spring is here and we have all the delicious capretto! Will be very happy to make this.

  28. grace says:

    i was a little put off at first by the thought of eating goat, but i guess it isn’t much different from other red meats. your chili looks great!

  29. peter says:

    I love goat and those who promote the consumption of goat are A-OK in my books. To those looking for goat….try a Middle-eastern, Greek or butcher that caters to muslims…halal meat people!

  30. OysterCulture says:

    Love goat to and this chili just sounds like such a treat, love the sumac and all the spices.

  31. domi says:

    Un délicieux chili vraiment étonnant…

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