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Chili Con Carne with Beef

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Chili Con Carne with Beef
Chili recipe with beef is a wonderful family recipe, particularly during the cooler months. Serve this with cornbread or saltines.


  • 2 dried hot red peppers, seeded and diced
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 pounds stew beef or lean chuck, cut in small pieces, about 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cans (approx. 16 ounces each) pinto beans, drained


Simmer dried peppers in 1 cup water 10 to 15 minutes, or until soft and plump; drain and cool peppers; cut open and remove seeds and membranes. Finely chop peppers; set aside (wear gloves if peppers are very hot). Saute meat in hot oil until browned. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender. Add 2 cups of water, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and diced red peppers. Cover and simmer for 2 hours, or until beef is very tender. Heat beans in a separate saucepan. To serve, spoon beans into a bowl and top with meat mixture. Or, add beans to meat mixture near the end of cooking.
Chili recipe serves 8.

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 5 out of 5
I Love Tomatoless Chili, Member cister30328

This is very similar to my tomatoless recipe. I use either NM chile powder OR dried chiles - which I scrape from the skin before I chop it (quite tedious). 2 dried chiles = 1 Tbsp. chile powder. I like the idea of combining them. For the meat, it's much easier to start with thin steaks, so one dimension is already cut. Saves lots of time.

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