Author Notes: Chili is always best the day after, and this one is no different. The twist is that it's stuffed into a red bell pepper and baked with a slice of melty gooey cheese on top. —acquiredlife
Three Bean Chili
- 1 large onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4-6 tomatoes diced (or 2 cans diced tomatoes)
- 7 ounces tomato paste
- 1 bell pepper, chopped
- 14 ounces can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 14 ounces can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 14 ounces can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 cup brewed coffee
- salt and pepper to taste
- cilantro as garnish (optional)
- Place a rather large pot on over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Next, add in onion and garlic and allow to brown, stirring occasionally. The chilli pepper next, remembering to stir so nothing burns. You can remove the chili pepper if you don't want it to be too spicy, or you can remove the seeds before you add it to the pot.
- Toss the beef in and allow it to brown, again stirring occasionally. Once the beef is browned and mixed with the onion, garlic and chilli add in the paprika, cumin, cayenne and cocoa powder and stir, allowing it to cook about a minute before adding in the tomatoes and paste. Mix well.
- Bring the pot to a boil, reduce to a simmer (just at or under medium heat) cover and allow to stew for at the very least an hour, but I'd let it cook a couple of hours, stirring occasionally to keep it from sticking and adding water as it cooks to keep it wet like a stew but not drowning like a soup. The longer it cooks or sits, the more the flavors meld and the better it tastes (second day chilli is always better!).
- Salt and pepper should be added about 10 minutes before you plan to eat, this will keep it from being too salty as the water evaporates.
Chili Stuffed Bell Peppers
- 8 red bell peppers
- 8 slices of white cheese
- Take a knife and insert it into the top of the pepper, cutting around the stem and remove it. Wash out the little seeds and drain the water from the pepper as you prep the other peppers.Place the peppers on a baking sheet with the hole up.
- Spoon in the chilli until it reaches the top of the pepper, top with a cheese slice or shredded cheese. Rinse and repeat until all of your peppers are done. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F (180C) for about 20-30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chili