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Warm your heart with Cowboy beef and black bean chili

The New Year is the perfect time to think about health and wellness, and the best part is that you don't have to you sacrifice flavor!  Chef Shalene showcased a heart-healthy beef chili recipe that tastes so good it will make you forget it's healthy!

Cowboy Beef & Black Bean Chili


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 medium yellow bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves, crushed
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1 can (28 oz.) low sodium crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) chili-seasoned or zesty-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14 to 14-1/2 oz.) low sodium ready-to-serve beef broth
  • 12 oz. dark beer
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, rinsed, drained
  • chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


Brown ground beef in stockpot over medium heat 8 to10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Remove from stockpot with slotted spoon. Set aside. Pour off drippings.

Heat oil in same stockpot over medium heat until hot. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes or until onions are tender. Add bell peppers and jalapeño; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until peppers are tender.

Return beef crumbles to stockpot. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, thyme and red pepper; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, broth, beer, tomato paste and honey; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 45 minutes. Uncover stockpot; continue simmering 30 minutes or until thickened to desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans; cook 5 to 10 minutes or until beans are heated through. Season with salt and black pepper, as desired. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

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