Serving Size: Serves 8-10 comfortably.
-Heavy bottomed saucepan with a lid OR Dutch oven (I used a cast-iron Dutch oven).
-1 1/4 lbs lean ground beef (I used 85% lean, 15% fat).
-3 cups tomato juice.
-2 10 Oz. Cans diced tomatoes in green chillies.
-1 15.5 Oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed.
-1 15.5 Oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed.
-1 red bell pepper, cubed (capsicum).
-1 small onion, finely diced.
-2 tablespoons chili powder.
-2 tablespoons ground oregano.
-1 teaspoon garlic powder.
-1 teaspoon cumin powder (optional).
-2 tablespoons olive oil.
-1 tablespoon tomato paste.
-Sour cream, Creme fraiche or Creme anglais.
-Shredded cheese of your choice.
-Fritos chips or any kind of crunchy, savory chips.
Instructions for cooking the chili:
-In a blender cup, add the tomato juice, the 2 cans of diced tomatoes in green chillies and the tomato paste. Purée until smooth. Set aside.
-In your saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat.
-Add in the onions and cook until transparent, stirring frequently.
-Add the red bell pepper (capsicum) and stir. Cook for at least 3 minutes.
-Add the ground beef and stir. Cook until there's no more pink showing on the meat and the meat has crumbled down.
-Add the kidney and pinto beans and stir gently in order not to break the beans.
-Pour in the puréed tomatoes and stir.
-Taste for salt.
-Place a wooden spoon over the edge of your saucepan and balance the lid over the spoon and the rim of the pan, leaving a little space for the steam to escape (see video).
Serving Suggestions: I serve mine up in a bowl, sprinkle some shredded cheese up over it, sit a dollop of sour cream over the cheese and add a sprinkle of barbecue flavored Fritos. I enjoy this with some of my sweet, fluffy cornbread (see post). The spiciness of this chilli and the sweetness of the cornbread are a perfect pairing. The sour cream helps to cool down those chillis on the pallete and the Fritos add a textural interest to this dish. You can also serve this over a warm bowl of white rice. You're welcome :)) !!