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All-American Beef Chili


This chili can be garnished with a wide array of condiments including diced avocado, sliced scallions, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese. If you like your chili spicy, consider using a little more cayenne pepper.

servings:Makes 8 servings
prep time:
15 min
total time:
2 hr


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 pounds (85 percent lean) ground beef
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans,rinsed
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
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We discovered that a combination of diced tomatoes and tomato puree worked best to create a desirably thick consistency for this chili. Also, we found that leaving the lid on for half of the cooking time helped give us that perfect chili thickness.



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