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Simple Beef Chili with Kidney Beans


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  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 Cup chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 Teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes *
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Pounds 85 percent lean ground beef * *
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree * * *
  • table salt
  • 2 limes



Step 1

Prepare Ingredients

Chop 2 onions fine. (You should have about 2 cups.) Stem and seed 1 red bell pepper, then cut into ½-inch cubes. Mince 6 garlic cloves. (You should have about 2 tablespoons.) Drain and rinse 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans. Cut 2 limes into wedges.

Brown Vegetables and Beef

Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, ¼ cup chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 2 teaspoons coriander, 1 teaspoon pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and ½ teaspoon cayenne. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.

Increase heat to medium-high and add 1 pound ground beef. Cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining 1 pound ground beef. Cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.

Simmer Chili

Add beans, 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree, and ½ teaspoon salt.. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove cover. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender and chili is rich, dark, and slightly thickened, about 1 hour. (If chili sticks to pot, stir in ½ cup water.). Season with salt to taste. Serve with lime wedges.

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