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Beef and beans chili

(recipe, Jennifer Cole)


Our basic meat chili recipe. Ingredients and garnishes can be varied depending on what you have on hand; I'll add fresh veggies like squash or bell peppers when in season. Serve with brown rice or cornbread.


  1. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 lb. organic ground beef
  3. 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  4. 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 4 small red chili peppers, minced (or ground cayenne pepper to taste)
  6. 4 Tbsp. chili powder
  7. 1 large (28-oz.) canned organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  8. 2 small (14-oz.) cans organic tri-bean blend (or other beans, like black, kidney, pinto)
  9. salt
  10. water
  11. cheddar cheese, grated for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in 6 qt. soup pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground beef and sauté until browned.
  3. Add onions and cook for another 4-5 minutes, until softened.
  4. Add garlic, red chilis, and chili powder and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until aromatic.
  5. Add tomatoes and beans and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and gently simmer until flavors are well mixed, about 20 minutes or more. Add water if it gets too thick and add salt if needed.
  7. Serve over rice or cornbread and garnish with cheese.