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Chili with Beef and Beans

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs beef chuck cut into ½- 1 inch cubes
  • ½ lb ground buffalo
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz dark beer
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock or low sodium store bought
  • 1 28oz can san marzano whole tomatoes with their juice, put through a food mill
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • juice of ½ lime
  • sour cream, avocado, grated cheddar for serving


  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Season the beef with salt and pepper, and sauté until browned on all sides. You may have to do this in batches – do not crowd the meat or it will steam instead of browning. This should take about 8-10 minutes per batch. Transfer the meat to a plate.
  • Add ground buffalo, season w/ salt and pepper and cook 3-5 minutes till browned. Transfer to the plate with the meat.
  • Add the onions, pepper and celery to the pan, scraping up any brown bits from the meat. Cook until soft, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the ancho powder, chipotle powder, chili powder, and cumin and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the beer and cook until completely reduced, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Return the meat and any accumulated juices to the pot, add the chicken stock, tomatoes, chipotle puree, honey and chocolate, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Add the beans and continue cooking for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the lime juice, and adjust seasonings.
  • Serve with sour cream, sliced avocado, grated cheddar, and cornbread