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Ultimate Beef Chili

January/February 1999, The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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Ultimate Beef Chili

Makes: 12 servings, 1 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound beef round, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 12 ounces dark or light beer
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes, (not packed in oil), snipped into small pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 19-ounce cans dark kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Preparation

  1. Season beef with salt and pepper. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add half the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides, 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Repeat with another 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onions and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Add garlic, jalapenos, cumin, chili powder, paprika and oregano. Stir until aromatic, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add beer and simmer, scraping up any browned bits, for about 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, bay leaves and reserved beef. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until beef is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  4. Add beans; cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until chili has thickened, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove bay leaves. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • For a hot, smoky chili, add 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.

Nutrition

Per serving: 235 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 24 mg cholesterol; 31 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 17 g protein; 11 g fiber; 496 mg sodium; 582 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: 52 mg vitamin c (90% dv), 38% dv fiber, 35% dv vitamin a, 4 mg iron (20% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat


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