• 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced (3 large cloves) garlic
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (recommend getting tube)
  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, ground coarse
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 (19-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Rice, as an accompaniment
  • Toppings: Tortilla chips; sour cream; grated cheddar; chopped red onions; chopped jalapenos; diced avocado; minced cilantro; etc.


In a casserole or large pot, cook the onions, peppers and garlic in the oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, 1 cup of the broth, the vinegar and chocolate and bring the mixture to a boil, crushing the tomatoes with the back of a spoon. Simmer the chili, covered, for 1 hour, adding additional broth, if necessary. Add the kidney beans and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes more. Ladle into bowls and serve with rice and desired toppings.

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Submitted By: Meryl
Southwestern Chili