Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Red Pepper Chili

Fall is the season for comfort food. When the weather turned brisk this past Sunday, this was the perfect recipe to make use of our bumper crop of Sweet Red Peppers. It warmed us inside and out.


3-4 Red Bell Peppers, seeded and diced
1 white onion, diced
2 chopped dried or fresh serrano chiles, with seeds
olive oil

1 lb chuck steak, cut into cubes and browned
1 lb leftover steak or beef pot roast, cubed

1 large can tomato puree
2 cups fresh pureed tomatoes from the garden

1-30 oz. can of pinto beans, rinsed
2 cups water
1 1/2 tbs chili powder
1 tbs cumin
Scant 1/2 tbs dried oregano
Scant 1/2 tbs dried basil
1 tsp salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
Sour cream
Chopped fresh cilantro


In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Gently sweat peppers and onions with a sprinkle of salt until translucent. Add chiles and beef and stir. Add tomato puree, beans, water, and spices. Stir to combine. Bring chili to a boil, stirring constantly. Lower heat, cover, and simmer gently for one hour. To thicken, remove lid to let liquid reduce and stir occasionally to keep beans from sticking. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your liking.

Serve hot with sour cream and freshly chopped cilantro.


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