Thursday, January 26, 2012

beef chili

The word "chili" always seems to spur a debate about beans or no beans. I think beans are great, but we have actually come to prefer a meat-full, bean-free chili, so that's the one I'm sharing here. I do think it would work equally well with both beans and meat (or even all beans!) if that's your preference.   

1 pound pasture-raised ground beef (elk or deer is excellent, too)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 small onion, chopped
4-5 stalks celery, chopped
Approximately 1 pound diced tomatoes (either canned or frozen works great)
4 Cups (plus more as needed) beef or chicken stock (that BBQ chicken stock I made was so good in this!)
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 Tablespoons chili powder (plus more according to taste)
salt and black pepper to taste 

optional garnishes:
sour cream
shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1. In a dutch oven, brown the ground beef.
2. Add the onion, celery, garlic, and bay leaf. Let cook, stirring, for a few minutes. 
3. Add oregano, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper
4. Add tomatoes and stock
5. Simmer for at least 30 minutes before tasting to adjust seasoning. The longer it simmers, the better!
note: We like our chili on the thicker side. You may want to add more stock for a more soupy chili! 


  1. This is right up our alley! Must try! Thanks for the recipe. My hubby is a Colorado native and hunter, which makes me thankful for the truly "free range" Elk meat in my freezer. Will have to give the recipe ago with Elk. :)

    1. Jaime, it is SO good with elk! My dad caught a buck last hunting season--he shared some of the meat with us, and I made a ton of this chili for the freezer. Hope you like it :)

  2. This is a recipe I will save to use the next time I make chili....although I'm a "beans in the chili" person. I think I started adding beans when my children were young and I needed to stretch the budget. Old habits are hard to break!

  3. Looks delicious, as do all of your kitchen creations! I'm a beef and beans and pork sausage in the chili sort of a person. We have plenty of beef and pork around here, so chili is a great way to use up odds and ends!

  4. Beautiful bowl of chili and I'll bet the BBQ chicken stock WAS a great addition! :)

  5. Yum! I'm going to try this. I love chili, but not a huge bean fan. This is perfect! Thank you!
    x Katherine


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