Beefy Chili with Pinto Beans

Beefy Chili with Pinto Beans
Beefy Chili with Pinto Beans. Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 5 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 hrs
  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 Servings

This hearty chili gets extra heat and flavor from jalapeno peppers and garlic. Top this chili with a little shredded Cheddar cheese or sliced green onions and serve it along with your favorite cornbread. 

This chili can be cooked in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.  The recipe is easily doubled for a crowd.

What You'll Need

  • 2 pounds ground beef, 85% lean, or use part ground pork
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chili peppers
  • 3 tablespoons minced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 large can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste, about half of a 6-ounce can
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, drained
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion until no longer pink and the onion is tender.
  2. Add the bell pepper and garlic and continue cooking, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the canned chili peppers and jalapeno peppers and cook for 1 minute more. 
  4. Transfer to the slow cooker* and add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, pinto beans, chili powder, sugar, cumin, cayenne and black pepper, and salt, to taste.
  1. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 to 4 hours.
  2. Serve with fresh baked buttermilk cornbread or Tex-Mex cornbread.

*This can also be cooked on the stovetop. Use a Dutch oven to brown the meat and vegetables as above. Add the remaining ingredients, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 1 1/2 hours.

Serves 6 to 8.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
544 Calories
17g Fat
54g Carbs
46g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)