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Simple Beef Chili with Kidney Beans

Source: America's Test Kitchen
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  Makes about 3 quarts, serving 8 to 10
Good choices for condiments include diced fresh tomatoes, diced avocado, sliced scallions, chopped red onion, chopped cilantro leaves, sour cream, and shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese. If you are a fan of spicy food, consider using a little more of the red pepper flakes or cayenne--or both. The flavor of the chili improves with age; if possible, make it a day or up to five days in advance and reheat before serving. Leftovers can be frozen for up to a month.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil or corn oil
2 medium onions chopped fine
1 red bell pepper cut into 1/2-inch cubes
6 medium cloves of garlic minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds 85% lean ground beef
2 cans dark red kidney beans (16 ounces each), drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with juice, (28 ounces)
1 can tomato puree (28 ounces)
Table salt
2 limes cut into wedges
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Heat oil in large heavy-bottomed nonreactive Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking, 3 to 4 minutes. Add onions, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, pepper flakes, oregano, and cayenne; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and add half the beef; cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink and just beginning to brown,
3 to 4 minutes. Add remaining beef and cook, breaking up pieces with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add beans, tomatoes, tomato puree, and
1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Remove cover and continue to simmer 1 hour longer, stirring occasionally (if chili begins to stick to bottom of pot, stir in 1/2 cup water and continue to simmer), until beef is tender and chili is dark, rich, and slightly thickened. Adjust seasoning with additional salt. Serve with lime wedges and condiments if desired.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Rating: 5
by: Mary Reviewed: 09/29/2008
4th Quarter Chili was a big hit!
I've never made chili before yesterday when I made this recipe. Thanks for making my chili debut a success. The recipe was straightforward and easy to follow, and resulted in a tasty and aromatic chili that disappeared quickly. I served it as suggested with sliced jalapenos, cilantro, shredded cheddar, sour cream and green onions. I'll be making this a few more times this year, I'm sure.
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