Chilly? Time For Chili!

Now that it is getting chilly out, there is nothing I like to do better than make a big pot of chili.  It is the perfect food for a cold night.  There are millions of ways to make chili.  I know some like it with beans, some without beans.  Others make chili with beef chuck cut into cubes and some make it with ground beef.  I have tried many chili recipes and this is one I go back to over and over again.  It is simple, quick and delicious!

Can I tell you a secret?  It is REALLY hard to get a good photo of chili….shredded cheese on the other hand seems to be quite easy.

Black Bean Chili

Recipe ~ Serves 8


2 pounds of ground beef – 90% lean

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and Pepper

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 medium onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons chili powder, divided

2 tablespoons cumin, divided

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cups beef broth

1 – 14 1/2 ounce diced tomatoes

1 – 8 ounce can tomato sauce

2 – 15 ounce cans black beans

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


chopped green onion

sour cream

shredded cheddar cheese


In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium high heat.  Add ground beef, diced onions and minced garlic.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally until beef is no longer pink.  Add 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1 tablespoon cumin.  Cook stirring constantly for about 5 minutes.  Stir in broth, Worcestershire sauce, diced tomato, tomato sauce, black beans and the rest of the chili powder and cumin.  Add the cayenne pepper and chopped cilantro.  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve in individual bowls topped with sour cream, chopped green onion and shredded cheddar cheese.

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  1. Jackie P says:

    Yummmyyyy! I know what I’m making for dinner!

  2. Kim says:

    I do love chili. It is so strange seeing this wordpress blog and then your blogger blog. Your food photos are amazing.

  3. This looks wonderful and perfect for this time of year! I can always for a bowl of chili!

  4. Beverly says:

    We were just discussing a pot of chili last night. It will be on our menu soon, too. I think your photo looks great.

  5. Ann says:

    I was just thinking about making chili the other day. I love the toppings you used! Everything tastes better with sour cream…hope you are well and having a good week!

  6. janet says:

    Love chili! This looks and sounds delicious…will have to try this!

  7. I have never made black bean chili. this sounds delicious. The photo is lovely of the cheese. Smile. It really all looks good Penny.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  8. Hi Penny, I just came home from Publix to my daughter’s home ready to make your chili. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
    xo, Jeanne

  9. My chili is simmering and it has great flavor. I almost never totally stick to an exact recipe but I did today. So far so good. Heads up report.
    hugs, Jeanne

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