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Double Beef and Bean Chili

Updated on May 8, 2019

Delicious and nutritious

Ingredients

1lb lean beef steak or roast, trimmed, cut into 1" cubes (london broil is good)

1lb 80/20 or leaner ground beef

1 cup (no- or low-sodium) beef stock

1 medium orange habanero, stemmed and sliced in half (optional, replace with jalapeno for a milder chili)

1 can unflavored stewed tomatoes, drained

1 large onion, diced (reserve 1/2 cup for prettier chili)

1 large green bell pepper, diced (reserve 1/4 cup for prettier chili)

1 8oz package baby bella(cremini) mushrooms, diced

6 large cloves garlic, minced

1- 15oz can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed

1- 15oz can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup mini pepperoni slices (or regular size, sliced into thin strips)

1-2 tsp salt, to taste (only use 1 tsp if regular sodium beef stock)

1 tbsp pepper

1/2 cup chili powder

4 tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp thyme

1-3 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste (optional, leave out for milder chili)

1 tsp sugar (optional, to accentuate spiciness, leave out if making mild or non-spicy chili)

1 cup Shredded meltable cheese of your choice (optional). I use a 6-cheese Italian blend.

Preparation

Put a large stew or stock pot on the stove on medium heat. (Optionally can be made in a crock pot over low heat setting for 8 hours, or high heat for 4)

Brown the ground beef and drain well. Add it back to the pot, add the cubed beef. Reduce heat to medium low.

Dice/mince up the veggies and mushrooms. Throw 'em in the pot, reserving 1/4th cup green peppers and 1/4th cup onion to add later for a more colorful dish.

Crush each stewed tomato over the pot and drop it in.

Add the 1 cup beef stock, habanero/jalapeno halves (optional), beans, chickpeas, herbs and spices, and *sugar (*optional, to regulate spiciness. Skip if making it mild or non-spicy) .

Stir deeply, mixing the ingredients well.

Cover and leave to simmer on medium low heat, stirring deeply every half-hour, for about 2 hours.

Add optionally reserved peppers and onion after 2 hours, stir again. Simmer uncovered for additional 1/2 hour, or until at desired thickness.

Serve by itself, covered with melted shredded cheese, with a side of crusty bread, over rice, or in bread bowls covered with melty cheese of your choice.


Serving suggestion: Cheesy Chili Bread Bowls

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