Thursday, February 2, 2012

Beef & Bean Chili

Makes: 4-5 servings

Cost per serving (Heidelberg): ~1,77€ (if 4 servings, excludes cheese/chips)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500 grams (~1 lb) ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1½ tablespoons cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup masa harina or other corn flour (masa harina is available in Germany from Amazon)
  • 2 14-oz/400-g cans beans of your choice
  • 1 14-oz/400-g can tomato pieces
  • 2 medium-sized spicy chilis (jalapenos if available), sliced
  • pepper
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • corn chips (optional)
Brown the beef with the garlic.  Drain the fat, then add the tomato sauce, oregano, cumin, cayenne, chili powder, and salt.  Stir together, then cover and simmer for one hour.  Stir occasionally and add water if the mixture becomes dry.

After one hour, mix the corn flour with half a cup of water until smooth, then add to pot.  Stir, then add beans, chilis, tomatoes, and pepper to taste.  Simmer 10 more minutes.

Optional: Serve with shredded cheddar and crushed corn chips on top.

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