Chili con Carne

    • Prep Time
    • 10 mins
    • Cook Time
    • 1 hr 30 mins
    • Yield
    • 1 pot
    • Difficulty Level

Chili con carne translates to chili with meat in spanish. It’s a stew of meat, tomatoes, beans and spicy peppers. Don’t get confused, but this dish is actually an American creation, a staple in Tex-Mex cuisine.

There are many versions of chili. Some are made with meat some are vegetarian. My recipe is with ground meat, and it tastes even better the next day. The longer you cook it the better it tastes, since the spices melt into all of the ingredients.

We like it really spicy in my family, but if you like yours more mild, replace the habanero with jalapeño peppers. I also like to use three kinds of beans, it give the stew more depth, plus, it looks pretty!

My husband says this is his favorite thing that I make. Normally this would upset me because there are so many things that I make that are so much better, but who am I to make my life more complicated?

This chili is easy, and amazingly delicious. Serve in a bowl with tortilla chips and guacamole on the side. Enjoy this chili con carne!

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Ingredients

  • 3 dried chili peppers (optional)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • I large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 5 habanero peppers
  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 1, 16 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1, 16 oz can black beans
  • 1, 16oz can white cannellini beans
  • 1, 26 oz can diced tomatoes

Instructions

  • 1. Combine cumin, chili powder and paprika in a small bowl and set aside.
  • 2. In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat half of the olive oil. Sauté onions, peppers, garlic and chili peppers. Season with salt and half the spice mixture.
  • 3. Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a skillet. Add ground meat and sauté until brown. Add remaining spice mixture. When the meat is browned, transfer to the stew pot.
  • 4. Add tomatoes, habanero pepper and all of the beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, close lid and cook for at least 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally, making sure the bottom doesn't stick.
  • 5. Serve with tortilla chips and guacamole on the side. Enjoy!

Instructions

  • 1. Combine cumin, chili powder and paprika in a small bowl and set aside.
  • 2. In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat half of the olive oil. Sauté onions, peppers, garlic and chili peppers. Season with salt and half the spice mixture.
  • 3. Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a skillet. Add ground meat and sauté until brown. Add remaining spice mixture. When the meat is browned, transfer to the stew pot.
  • 4. Add tomatoes, habanero pepper and all of the beans. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, close lid and cook for at least 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally, making sure the bottom doesn't stick.
  • 5. Serve with tortilla chips and guacamole on the side. Enjoy!

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