Beef and Black Bean Chili

The weather was cool this morning, and I needed a jacket when I went outside so I knew it was going to be the perfect day to make a pot of chili. The recipe that I used today comes from the food writer Laraine Perri. I first noticed this recipe last year in my newspaper and because it was different than the chili that I usually make, I just had to try it. I have made a few minor adjustments from the original recipe at Relish.com to suit my own taste. This is a flavorful chili that your family is sure to love, and it can be made with or without the added heat of the chipotle peppers.

Beef and Black Bean Chili

2 pounds ground round
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
3/4 cup water
2 (15 ounce each) cans fire roasted tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons chopped chipotles in adobo sauce, optional
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Brown the ground round in a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer beef to a bowl; set aside. Drain liquid from Dutch oven, then add the olive oil. Add the onion and saute for about 5 minutes until soft, but not browned. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in beef, salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cinnamon. Add chicken broth, water, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, honey, and chipotles (if using). Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add beans and lime juice and cook 5 minutes longer. Serves 8.

Some toppings you might want to use with this chili are shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, and sour cream. Other yummy chili toppings are cilantro, diced avocado, and lime wedges.

This chili recipe is being entered in the 2012 Texas Star Chili Cook Off. Please visit the Cook Off to view all the recipes, and of course I'd love for you to return often to the Cook Off because every time you view my chili at the Cook Off during the month of October I will receive a vote!

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  1. Anita, YUMMY! I love chili. I have never added honey or chipoltes in adobo sauce... I bet these little touches give your chili a great depth of flavor. Good luck in the cook-off!
    I'd love you to stop by StoneGable and share this at ON THE MENU MONDAY... still going on!
    Now I'm off to visit the 2012 Texas Star Chili Cook Off!

  2. This does sound pretty tasty! I am saving this for a cooler day like you had because right now we are in the low 90's and anything hot is out of the question! Thanks for sharing Anita and good luck in the cook off!

  3. Sounds delicious, Anita, and nice and spicy with the chipotles in adobo sauce.

  4. I am always a sucker for chili!

  5. Anita, I know my brother would really like this chili because after living in Texa for a few years, he likes hot and spicy chili. I'll have to tell him about adding chipotles to chili. I've heard of using black beans in chili, but have never tried it. Looks really good though!

  6. Thanks, I need a new chili recipe. Hubby does love chili!

  7. Anita,
    The weather is still on the warm side here in Pennsylvania, but we are still thinking fall. I made some black bean salsa soup this week. Love your chili recipe, especially the chipotle in it.

  8. Hi Anita,
    I love your Beef and Black Bean Chili, it looks awesome! I Pinned your post and Thank You so much for sharing your great Chili with The Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2012.
    Good Luck!
    Miz Helen

  9. Yum-OOOOOOOOOOOO! I love black beans in anything...this sure is the perfect chili weather. Thanks ever so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Pinning this recipe for now and plan to make it soon.

  10. Yum! This looks great! WE are having chili for dinner tonight since it got COLD all of a sudden.

    I would love it if you would share this recipe on my new blog hop Simple Meals Friday. I know my readers would too! Thanks so much.


  11. Wow, I can't help drooling. I just love the Beef and Black Bean Chili
    Well done!
    If you submitted your Beef and Black Bean Chili photos to http://www.foodporn.net , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

  12. Count me in for anything with chipotle and black beans. Your chili looks delicious, great flavors in there!

  13. Congratulations Anita!
    You are the winner of the Texas Star Chili Cook Off 2012. We made your Chili and it is delicious, and a sure winner! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. Hope you will enjoy your $50 Gift Certificate!
    Miz Helen

  14. Woo hoo Anita!! Congratulations on your winning recipe!! Hooray!!!