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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hearty Beef Chili

Nothing is more comforting than a steamy bowl of chili on a cold snowy day. I have many versions. My family especially loves the one that I include steak. It is great to take a bite and have the chunky pieces of steak. I use any braising steak that is on sale. This makes it less expensive without sacrificing taste.


2 different cans of beans rinsed and drained (kidney, pinto, butter, or black beans)
1 pound of hamburger, browned and drained
1 1/2 pounds of a braising steak, cut into 1" pieces
1 small onion diced
2 large cans of tomatoes (whole, stewed, crushed, or diced depending on your preference)
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cilantro
1 Tsp. cumin
1 Tsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. hot sauce
1 Tsp. chili flakes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tsp. salt
1 Tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. oil

In a skillet heat oil on medium. Brown the steak on all sides. Remove. Place the onion in the skillet. Saute until translucent. In a slower cooker combine all the ingredients. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Garnish with your favorite toppings. (cheddar cheese, sour cream, onions, jalapenos, etc.)

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