When the weather gets cold, I always start to crave chili. There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of beef chili with a piece of moist cornbread to warm you up. When I was a kid, we always had chili on Halloween, and it gave us the fuel we needed to go out and get tons of candy!
We love this recipe, and we’re sure you will too. Let’s talk through it.
This recipe starts with our Fresh Churned Garlic Butter. It’s a good way to start any recipe, because it sets a base of great flavor. Once the Garlic Butter is melted, add some diced onion and jalapeno and saute until they’re soft.
Add the beef and cook until browned. Then comes the classic chili flavors: chili powder, of course, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt.
If you’re not a fan of heat, you can choose to omit the cayenne. Or if you like, add more!
We’ll add the rest of the ingredients. Tomato sauce, as well as crushed tomatoes– it’s important to have both for some textural difference. Beef broth is next, followed by the beans. We used both kidney beans and black beans. You are welcome to add whatever type of bean you want, if you have a favorite.
All of that simmers for about an hour. The chili will thicken, and be ready to eat!
Garlic Butter Beef ChiliCourse: Dinner
2 large onions, diced
1-2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (with seeds)
2 lbs ground beef
2 T ground cumin
1 ½ T chili powder
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne (optional)
14 oz can crushed tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups beef broth
14 oz can kidney beans, drained
14 oz can black beans, drained
Cheddar cheese, grated
Fresh cilantro, chopped
- Melt Garlic Butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and jalapenos, and saute 3-5 minutes, until soft.
- Add the ground beef to the pot. Cook until browned, breaking up big chunks with your wooden spoon. Stir in the cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper (if desired). Mix in crushed tomatoes, with juices, tomato sauce, beef broth and drained beans.
- Stir everything together and simmer 60 minutes.
- Serve with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and cornbread.