Double Beef Chili

2014-09-26
  • Servings : 6-8
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 2:30 h
  • Ready In : 3:000 h

From: The Seattle Times

Very easy, but took him a couple of hours*; it does have a long simmer time, and he’s a bit of a Faulknerian man-child when it comes to chopping things. Someone more comfortable with knives, etc, would be done quick a bit sooner, I think. It was tasty. – Sporks

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dried black beans, rinsed and soaked 4-6 hours or overnight (or canned, see note)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large red peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded, and cut into medium dice
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 pound top sirloin, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • One can (28-ounce) whole tomatoes, chopped, with half of the can's liquid
  • 1/2 fresh orange, juiced
  • One can (14.5-ounce) kidney beans
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped red onions, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for garnish
  • 2 cups chicken broth if using canned beans (see note)

Method

Step 1

For the beans: Pour the beans plus their soaking liquid into a stockpot, and add additional water to cover by 1-2 inches. Add the smashed garlic and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 1 hour, until the beans have softened but aren't fully cooked through (they'll continue to cook in the chili). Discard the garlic and bay leaves.

Step 2

For the chili: Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, until onions have softened slightly. Add red and jalapeño peppers, and continue to cook for another 3-5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Step 3

Season meat with salt and pepper to taste. In the pot, add the ground beef and top sirloin and saute until browned on all sides, breaking up ground beef as you go, about 4 minutes.

Step 4

Add onion and pepper mixture back into the pot and stir to combine. Add the 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cinnamon, and stir until the spices are evenly distributed.

Step 5

Pour in the tomatoes and juice, fresh orange juice and cooked black beans plus 3 cups of bean cooking liquid (add chicken broth or water if you don't have enough). Stir well, and simmer over medium-low heat for about 1 1/2-2 hours, until meat is tender, liquid has thickened, and beans are fully cooked through. If you are using canned black beans, cooking time will be less. Add kidney beans, with the bean liquid, in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Serve with chopped red onions, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Note: If you want to use canned black beans instead, that’s fine, and it will cut down significantly on the cooking time. Use about three 14.5-ounce cans, saving one can’s worth of the bean liquid, and draining and rinsing the other two. When you add the beans and bean liquid, also add about 2 cups of chicken broth.

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