Chili Con Carne
This serves a lot, so feel free to half the recipe. This is not overly hot unless you add the optional jalapenos and cayenne pepper. Prep time does not include the 8 hours to soak the beans.
- Ready In:
- 3hrs 20mins
- 1 lb dried pinto bean
- 6 cups water
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground chuck
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 1 cup green pepper, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
- 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can beef broth, undiluted
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano, crushed
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (optional)
- cheddar cheese, shredded
- sour cream
- avocado, peeled and diced
- green onion, sliced
- Sort and wash the beans; place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water 2 inches above the beans; let soak for 8 hours.
- Drain the beans; add 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Drain the beans, reserving 2 1/2 cups liquid. Set beans and liquid aside.
- Cook the ground chuck, onion, green pepper, garlic, and chopped jalapenos (if using) in a skillet until the meat is browned, stirring to crumble the meat; drain well.
- Stir in the tomatoes and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in the reserved beans and liquid. Cover and simmer an additional 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Yummm, chili :D. I made it using vegie crumbles for the meat with all else being the same and it came out great. Really hit the spot last evening after a full afternoon of freezing rain. Topped with some fat reduced cheddar it was filling and oh so yummy. Had to use red bell pepper as that is what I had on hand. This is a marvelous, from scratch, chili to be made on a day when your home and want to say "I made it for you".
This was a big hit at our house, even DH commented how well he liked this chili!!! I made it with dry light red kidney beans (what we like), omitted the bell pepper (DH is not a fan of it) and reduced the oregano in half. I originally added only half of the chili powder and cumin, but after 1st hour, I tasted it and adding the remaining amounts and did go ahead and add the cayenne pepper. I don't care for a real hot spicy chili that numbs the mouth and this didn't put still had a kick and a lot of flavor!! Made for Adopt A Tag in the Games Forum.