Beef and Bean Chili

Honey and Butter Beef Chili

Holiday season is here!

Though here in Southern California, you can hardly tell. With highs in the mid-80’s and 70’s, it’s pseudo-wintertime. As night falls and the temperature drops, however, a bowl of hot chili sounds amazing. This recipe features hearty beans, veggies, and with a spicy tomato base. Serve it with slices of fresh sourdough bread.

And to those across the world with snow and  frost- send me a snowman!


Beef and Bean Chili
adapted from Gourmet
Makes 6 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large red onions, chopped
8 garlic cloves, chopped
2 1/3 pounds ground beef (15% fat) – I used cubed beef chuck
1/4 cup chili powder
1-2 TB hot pepper flakes
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1-2 tsp salt, to taste
1/2 tsp pepper
one 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
one 15 1/4-ounce cans kidney beans, drained
one 15 1/4 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
one 14-ounce can beef broth

Sour cream
Grated cheddar cheese
Chopped green onions
Chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until brown, about 6 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add beef; sauté until brown, breaking up with back of fork, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, pepper flakes, cumin, and paprika, then mix in tomatoes with juices, beans, and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until chili thickens and flavors blend, stirring occasionally, about 45 minutes. Skim any fat from surface of chili. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing, stirring occasionally.)

Ladle chili into bowls. Serve, passing bowls of sour cream, grated cheese, green onions, and cilantro separately.

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    November 29, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I love chili! Perfect for a cold night! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Champion Chili Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!

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    November 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Hey FoodBuzz friend! I love your blog! Chili is my deal. Keep up the good work. Visit mine sometime.


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    November 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    This looks so great for the cold weather. I should try making this in a crockpot!

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    matt gordon
    November 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    i love this idea. gourmet had some amazing ideas an recipes that were amendable to your own palate.
    i live in central ohio, so i will take liquid nitrogen and flash freeze a snowman when we get one. just dont eat the snowman. acid rain makes our midwest snow have a bitter aftertaste

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      November 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Matt,
      Thanks for the comment. Liquid Nitrogen snowmen, I love it, thanks! 🙂

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