Saturday, January 5, 2008

3 Bean Chili

After a very productive day of cleaning and organizing some areas in our home that have needed it badly, I needed something fairly easy to throw together for dinner. I had a lb. and a half of ground beef that needed to be used, but I just couldn't come up with anything. Until I logged into the nest that is. There were at least 3 posts that referenced chili. I asked Chad what he thought about having chili for dinner tonight and he was all about it. So that is what I madeI remembered that I bought 2 poblano peppers a few days ago for another recipe I didn't end up making so I was very happy to be able to use 2 of them.
I didn't follow a recipe, I just improvised. And the best part was I that I used one pot, one knife, a cutting board and a wooden spoon. Clean up was a cinch!

3 Bean Chili
1 1/4 lb ground sirloin (seasoned with salt and pepper)
1/2 lb smoked sausage diced
2 Tbs. canola oil
1/2 large Vidalia onion medium dice
2 Poblano peppers medium dice
2 celery stalks finely chopped
4 cloves garlic minced
1 Can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans with juice
1 can northern beans with juice
1 can kidney beans with juice
1 can tomato paste
1 can tomato sauce
1/2 cup beer
1 cup beef broth
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot)
2 Tbs. cumin
4 Tbs. chili powder
1 Tbs. paprika
1 bay leaf
3 Tbs. Flat leaf parsley chopped
2 tsp. white sugar
Heat large soup pot over medium heat and brown seasoned ground beef. Drain fat from pot, and wipe out exess with a paper towel. Add canola oil to pot and return to med. heat. Throw in all veggies except garlic and the bay leaf. Saute until onion is slightly brown about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and diced smoked sausage. Saute for a few more minutes (until sausage renders a bit).
Add ground beef and spices except sugar. Stir to combine and cook about 3 minutes. Throw in the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine. Let simmer for 45 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.


Kayte said...

wow ally! that looks incredible! my mouth is seriously watering. my DH will not eat chili so i never get to make it :-(

Carrie said...

I normally only make my chili with chili beans but this looks AWESOME! I am going to have to try this!

Renea said...

Mmm that looks delicious Ally!

Unknown said...

Chilli looks great, thanks for sharing:-)