Beef and Bean Chili

Beef and Bean Chili

Serves 4
This is good all-around beef chili, with just the right balance of spices and quick enough for a simple family dinner. If desired, lean ground turkey can be substituted for the beef. Serve in bowls topped with grated cheddar cheese and salsa fresca for a festive touch.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • Sea salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Hot pepper sauce, to taste, (optional)
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In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently until onions are translucent.

Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin and crushed red pepper and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add ground beef and stir to brown the meat, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add tomato sauce, water and beans. Season with salt to taste, then bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring often, until flavors have melded and sauce is thickened and bubbly. Stir in cilantro and hot pepper sauce, if desired.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 370 calories (120 from fat), 13g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 34g carbohydrates, (11 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 32g protein.
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