Cowboy Beef and Black Bean Chili

  • Yield 8 servings

Lean-ground beef, peppers, tomatoes and black beans combine for a hearty, low-fat, high-fiber chili.

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2 pounds ground beef (95% lean)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 medium yellow bell peppers, chopped
1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded, finely chopped
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 -- (28-ounce) can crushed canned tomatoes, undrained
1 -- (14 1/2-ounce) can chili-seasoned or zesty-style diced tomatoes, undrained
1 -- (14-ounce) can ready-to-serve beef broth
12 fluid ounces dark beer
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon honey
2 -- (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed, drained
-- Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)  


  1. Brown ground beef in stockpot over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Remove from stockpot with slotted spoon. Set aside. Pour off drippings.
  2. Heat oil in same stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are tender. Add bell peppers and jalapeño; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until peppers are tender.
  3. Return beef crumbles to stockpot. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, thyme and red pepper; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, broth, beer, tomato paste and honey; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 45 minutes. Uncover stockpot; continue simmering 30 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans; cook 5 to 10 minutes or until beans are heated through. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. 
Cook's Tip:  Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
Recipe reprinted from The Healthy Beef Cookbook, published by John Wiley & Sons.



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