Signature Dish of Damsel in dis Dress

Black Bean Chili

Damsel's Black Bean Chili

Yield: 4 quarts

Servings: 16

16 ounces dried black beans -- rinsed and sorted
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 pounds beef stew meat -- 1/2" cubes
1 medium onion -- finely chopped
1 medium green pepper -- finely chopped
1 clove garlic -- finely minced
28 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon chili powder -- or to taste
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
water -- as needed

Rinse and sort the beans. Place into a 3-quart saucepan with 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat. Let stand for one hour. Drain; add fresh water, and bring to a second boil. Reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Drain.

While beans are simmering, brown ground beef and stew meat in a 4-quart saucepan (start the ground beef first, so there is some fat in the pan to keep the stew meat from sticking). When meat is browned, add the onion and green pepper. Cook until the onion is translucent. Drain off any excess fat. Add garlic, tomatoes, and spices. Simmer until beans are ready. Add beans and water, as needed. Cook until beans are desired texture. Adjust seasonings if needed.

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