Three Bean and Beef Chili

We had a cloudy day today, and although it was still warm, it made me want to make some comfort food. I had a little ground beef to use up so I decided to make a batch of chili. I found a recipe by Ellie Krieger that sounded perfect. I added an extra can of beans since I used less meat and it turned out delicious. I loved the smoky flavor the chipotle and adobe sauce gave to this chili. My daughter wasn’t home for this meal but my husband and I really loved it. When I asked my son what he thought, he said he didn’t like it too much. I can’t win them all.

Heat the oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, and minced garlic then cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the ground beef, breaking up the meat, until the meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomatoes, beef broth, chipotle and adobo sauce, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Stir in the beans and cook, partially covered, 20 minutes longer. Taste and re-season if needed.  Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream and green onions. Enjoy.

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Three Bean and Beef Chili

Yield: 10

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 60 min.

Total Time: 70 min.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 lb extra-lean ground beef (90 percent lean)
1 (28oz) can of crushed tomatoes
2 cups beef broth
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
1-2 tsp adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can of chili beans in a zesty sauce

Directions:

Heat the oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, and minced garlic then cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the ground beef, breaking up the meat, until the meat is no longer pink. Stir in the tomatoes, beef broth, chipotle and adobo sauce, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Stir in the beans and cook, partially covered, 20 minutes longer. Taste and re-season if needed. Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream and green onions. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Ellie Krieger