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Hearty 15 Bean Chili

Posted by wcwh2opolo on 2010.06.23 at 20:00

Just tried this tonight and it's awesome!

- 1 bag Hurst's 15 Bean Soup Mix soaked in water overnight (discard spice packet)
- 1lb ground beef (for vegan option substitute 4 large carrots diced or 1 acorn squash diced)
- 2 14ox cans diced tomatoes
- 5c water
- 1 large onion chopped into large pieces
- 2 large bell peppers chopped into large pieces
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2c ketchup (or 1 can tomato paste)
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp Old Bay
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp diced canned/jarred jalapeno peppers
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp olive oil

First off make sure that your beans have been soaked overnight and that they are slightly tender to the touch.  In a large stock pot cook ground beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic, jalapenos, salt, pepper, and olive oil, until the beef is completely browned and the onions are starting to become translucent around the edges.  Set the meat aside.  Drain beans from soaking water then add to stockpot with 5c water.  Cover pot, and bring to a boil - allow the beans to boil for 1 - 1.5 hours, allowing the beans to become soft to taste (try them out to see if they are at the softness that you like).  To the boiling bean mixture add the canned tomatoes, ketchup, meat/veggie mixture, and spices.   Return to a simmer and allow to cook, uncovered, for approximately 45-1hr.  Adjust seasoning to taste, although I would recommend not doing so until the mixture has simmered for a minimum of 45min.

Note:  I adapted this recipe from a vegan recipe I found online, and I really liked how it turned out with the ground beef.  In the original recipe they started with boiling the beans with the diced carrots, then everything else was added later and simmered together.

Servings:  At least 12 cups

I made this tonight because I had a bag of bean soup mix, and really wanted to eat it.  Lol.  I was also craving chili.  This recipe turned out really nicely.  The Old Bay was my inspiration because I really like it as a spice mix.  The ground beef was also my idea because I grew up eating chili with beef in it.  Both Dan and I really liked this one.  We served it with shredded cheese on top of the chili with some home made cast iron honey cornbread.  Mmmmm.......  Tasty!!!

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