Ground Beef and Black Bean Chili

We almost always have chili and corn bread for dinner on Halloween so this year I thought I’d try a new chili recipe.  This recipe comes from http://www.about.com.  It was really, really good!

1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or extra lean ground beef

1 large sweet onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 large garlic cloves, minced (or pressed)

1 (4 oz) can chopped mild green chile peppers

2 (14.5 oz each) cans diced tomatoes

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder or more chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon leaf oregano

dash chipotle chile powder, optional

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

salt and pepper to taste

In a large deep skillet or Dutch oven, brown beef, add onion and bell pepper and saute until onion is tender.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer over low heat for 1 – 2 hours or transfer to crock pot and cook on low 4 – 6 hours.

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