ancho chile black bean chili

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, lunch, slowcooker, snacks on 11.30.11 at 9:16 pm

snow day? hello, comfort food. nothing like a winter storm to make you crave some slowcooked goodness. this hearty slowcooked chili will warm you up and have you coming back for seconds. it did for me. :)

what’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need to run to the grocery store for the ingredients. i’m guessing you probably have everything you need right in your kitchen. you can prep the chili for the slowcooker and then smell the lovely slowcooker aroma while you curl up on the sofa. now how’s that for a pretty stellar snow day?

the ancho chile beef:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (evoo) in a large saucepan on high heat
– brown 2 large shallots (peeled, rough chop) in pan
– add a dash of sea salt
– add 500g lean ground beef to shallots
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– sauté ground beef until browned, but not fully cooked
– remove from heat & set aside, while prepping other ingredients for the slowcooker

slowcook the chili:
add the following ingredients into a medium slowcooker and stir to combine well.
simmer on high heat in the slowcooker for approx 4-4.5 hours.

– 1 large can (approx 800mL) crushed tomatoes
– browned ground beef & shallots (transferred from pan)
– 1 can (approx 500mL) black beans (water drained)
– pinch of sea salt
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– 1 large red bell pepper (pitted, sliced into chunks)
– 1 large orange bell pepper (pitted, sliced into chunks)
– 2 large tomatoes (rough chop)
– drizzle evoo
– sprinkle 1 tsp ancho chile spice

at the 2 or 2.5-hour mark, add the following ingredients:
– 1/2 cup organic yellow split peas

note: recommend not leaving the slowcooker unattended. you will need to stir ingredients occasionally and lift the slowcooker lid slightly to release steam occasionally during the slowcooking process, so it’s best to stay nearby. be sure to follow the safety instructional manual that came with your particular model of slowcooker.

food styling:
– dish up in a large soup bowl & dig in! :)
– this slowcooked chili pairs great with a nice wedge of focaccia. i had some delish sundried tomato focaccia from the urban baker. so good.

  1. Wow, that looks so hearty. You make such great soups.


  2. Snow day!? Jealous. I miss having seasons. Definitely don’t get them here in CA. This chile would warm you right up. Sounds delish. x


  3. It will be in the “balmy” 20’s here all week – need to eat chili like this to warm us up from the inside! Hearty indeed. And if you have to stay home anyway with the snow, may as well soak up the aroma.

    My husband has an allergic-like reaction to peas, so I’d probably substitute corn or maybe skip it. Would still be delicious!



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