Friday, July 27, 2012

Beef & Bean Chipotle Chili

One dish I love to make when it starts to get cold is a nice big pot of chili.  I like to put all of the fresh ingredients into the slow cooker and let it cook for  couple of hours.  Then we have it for dinner with a little Daiya dairy-free cheese shreds and some corn bread and I have leftovers for lunch the next day.  Life can't get any better than this.  Since my daughter started eating the chili we have had to tame it down so it isn't too hot for her to eat.  I hope you enjoy and please feel free to let me know any changes you made to it.  I am always open to trying new variations!

3 lb. lean beef stew meat (trimmed of fat). cut in 1-inch cubes
3 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic minced (to go in crockpot)
1 clove garlic minced (to get browned with meat)
1 large onion, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
4 lbs tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
3 cans kidney beans, drained

1.  Place 2 tbsp olive oil and 1 minced garlic clove into a large skillet and brown the garlic.

2.  Once the garlic is browned, about 1-2 minutes, add the stew meat and brown for about 2-3 minutes.

3.  Next add the green peppers and onions and cook until meat is no longer pink on the outside and onion is softened.  I cook it for about another 2-3 minutes.  The nice thing about the crockpot is that it will make everything nice and tender!

4.  Before placing meat mix into the crockpot drain it in a drainer to remove any fat that was produced from cooking it.  After you have done this place the meat mix into the crockpot and stir it.

5.  Next add the diced tomatoes and stir.

6.  Next add the drained kidney beans and stir.  If you are concerned about sodium and can't find low sodium canned kidney beans after draining them rinse them.

7.  Finally add the remaining minced garlic, chili powder and ground chipotle chili pepper and stir really well.

8.  Cook in crockpot on high for 3 hours or until meat is cooked.  Serve with some fresh made cornbread and some Daiya cheddar shreds and enjoy!

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