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This rib-sticking bean chili is richly flavored with cumin, chili, paprika, oregano and an assortment of peppers. Use whatever beans you have in your pantry.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1995

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Toast cumin seeds in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, until aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle or spice grinder; grind to a fine powder. Transfer to a small bowl; add chili powder, paprika, oregano and cayenne. Stir to combine; set aside.

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  • Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of the oil in a large heavy pot over high heat. Add beef, in batches if necessary, and saute until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.

  • Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onions and bell pepper. Cook, stirring, until the onions have softened and are golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeños, sun-dried tomatoes, anchos chiles (if using), and the reserved spice mixture. Stir until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add beer, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, scraping up any brown bits clinging to the bottom of the pan. Add tomatoes and their juices, chocolate, sugar, bay leaves and the browned beef. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beef is very tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

  • Add kidney beans, white beans and black beans and cook until the chili is thick, 30 to 45 minutes more. Remove the bay leaves. Stir in cilantro, if using, and lime juice; season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with garnishes.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up 2 days or freeze for up to 6 weeks.

Note: Ancho chiles, one of the most popular dried chiles used in Mexico, are dried poblano peppers. They have a mild, sweet, spicy flavor. Ground ancho chile can be found with other spices in large supermarkets, or substitute ground chili powder with a pinch of cayenne.

Nutrition Facts

358 calories; protein 26.3g; carbohydrates 47.7g; dietary fiber 14.6g; sugars 8.9g; fat 8.1g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 33.5mg; vitamin a iu 1315.6IU; vitamin c 23.9mg; folate 139mcg; calcium 128.2mg; iron 6.4mg; magnesium 55.2mg; potassium 948.8mg; sodium 493.3mg; thiamin 0.3mg; added sugar 1g.

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

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