Make Ahead

Triple-Paprika Chili

October  3, 2009
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

If you can stop eating it, the next day it will taste even better. classic Americana made richer with some Mediterranean with 3 touches of paprika. —Cordelia

What You'll Need
  • 1.5 onions (preferably sweet)
  • 2 bell peppers (one green and one orange\yellow)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 very full tablespoons of sweet paprika preferably Moroccan, mixed with oil)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoons hot Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pound ground beef (15/85)
  • 1 can of white kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  1. Slice the onion to a medium dice.
  2. Put the olive oil in a deep and heavy pan and add the onion. Add 1/4 of a teaspoon of salt. Sauté on medium heat for 10 min. Onion should not get color, just get soft and translucent.
  3. Dice the bell pepper to medium cubes. Add to the pan and sauté for another 7 min, until soft.
  4. Mince the garlic, add to the pan and sauté for 60 sec.
  5. Add the tomato paste, sauté for 2 min mixing most of the time, to caramelize the paste.
  6. Add all the spices, mix well and sauté for 60 sec to develop spices taste and fragrance.
  7. Add the meat, break it down to very small pieces, while sautéing for 5-7min.
  8. Rinse the beans and add them and the diced tomatoes to the pan. Mix well. .
  9. Add the liquid smoke (more or less depends on how smoky you like it), salt (about a teaspoon) & pepper and 1/2 of water.
  10. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let the chili simmer in a covered pan for 1 hour.
  11. Mix from time to time and see if it needs a bit more water or salt.
  12. Enjoy as is, or over rice, with a corn bread or even over pasta. Even better the next day

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • dymnyno
  • Cordelia
  • annacb
  • Betania

5 Reviews

annacb October 10, 2019
Hi! Is a 4 qt. dutch oven big enough?
Betania August 27, 2013
I will try this vegetarian style, with tofu (frozen and thawed and then crumbled) or soy protein, and without the liquid smoke (not needed, given the paprika). Also, I think I will double the beans and the diced tomatoes.
TiffyDelFuego June 4, 2012
This is a lovely recipe, in the absence of spicy paprika- I added a lot of dry chili flakes- nice by itself with lite sour cream on top. I'll made this again.
dymnyno December 14, 2009
This sounds yummy! Are purple onions ok to use?
Cordelia December 15, 2009
of course. Just let them sweat well, so they will become sweet as well, just watch out so they don't get too brown and dry.