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Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili

Black Bean Chili is our way of throwing a little bit of us into our chili. Who doesn’t love a good chili. Chili is one of those meals that can just warm you right up. A hot bowl of chili on a cold day is unbeatable. It’s just the right balance of spice and comfort that fills you up but doesn’t leave you with that over full feeling.

The beautiful thing about a dish like Chili is its ability to adapt to its surroundings. You can take your chili and make it your own in so many different ways. You can change the sweetness, you can add more heat, less heat, you can add different kinds of onions, choose to throw in garlic or not, or carrots, or not, and of course you can play with the kind of beans.

If you are missing an ingredient you can play with the different seasonings or vegetables to make up for it, and you will still end up with something delicious. Guaranteed. For example if you don’t have Adobo or chipotle powder, just throw a little more Chili powder and keep going.

In this chili Recipe we tried to keep it as close to a classic Chili as we could but with our own little Cuban twist. We decided to replace one can of Kidney Beans with a can of Black Beans. This little modification does so much in terms of richness. The kidney bean holds up to the chili a little more while the black bean breaks apart and brings a little creaminess to the texture.

This dish is meant to be done in an Instant Pot. If you do not have an Instant Pot, you should absolutely get one, but in the mean time you can make it with a slow cooker or even on the stove top. The directions for each will be found below.

The best part about our Black Bean Chili or really any Chili recipe is everyone can top it just how they like it. No one has to Chili the same. You can lay a spread out with some shredded cheese, the remaining diced Onion, Sour Cream and jalapeno as well as your favorite hot sauce can be set out and everyone can garnish however they like it. 

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Cheese, Sour Cream, Jalapenos and Onions are just a few things you can use to make your Chili yours

Black Bean Chili

Recipe by Abuela's CounterCourse: EntreeCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef 

  • 1 12 oz can black beans rinsed

  • 1 12 oz can kidney beans rinsed 

  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes 

  • 1/4 cup strained tomatoes

  • 2 yellow onions diced and separated 

  • 6 garlic cloves minced 

  • 1 teaspoon paprika 

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder 

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder 

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin 

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instant pot Directions

  • Hit the Saute Button throw in one of the diced onions and cover with enough Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some salt and pepper.  Cook until translucent. 
  • Add in your Ground Beef.  Season with salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, chipotle chili powder and regular chili powder.    
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  • When the meat is almost cooked through move it aside in the pan and add in the minced garlic.  Move it around 2-3 minutes allowing it to cook before mixing it in with the meat and onions. 
  • Add in your canned tomatoes, drained and rinsed beans, half the other diced onion, and the strained tomatoes.  Add in a little more salt and pepper to taste. Then Hit Cancel Button.  black bean chili
  • Put your lid onto the Instant Pot and be sure it is set to Sealed.  Hit the Bean/Chili Button and let the steam out when it is done.
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  • Slow Cooker Directions
  • On a stove top, heat a pan over medium high heat. Follow Steps 1, 2 and 3 from above. Sautee together the onion, ground beef and garlic. Once you have cooked everything through. Pour the contents into your slow cooker.
  • Add in your canned tomatoes, strained tomatoes, rinsed beans, the other half of the diced onions and salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well.
  • Set your slow cooker on high for at least an hour. Enjoy.
  • Stove Top Directions
  • On a stove top, heat a pan over medium high heat. Follow Steps 1, 2 and 3 from above. Saute together the onion, ground beef and garlic and season according to the steps.
  • Add in your canned tomatoes, drained and rinsed beans, half the other diced onion, and the strained tomatoes.  Add in a little more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix together well, and bring it to a boil on medium high. Allow it to soft boil for 10-15 minutes and then set it to simmer on medium/low for 45-60 minutes before serving.

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