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Monday, December 21, 2009

Beef and Black Bean Chili.........A perfect winter indulgence.

I love when it starts to get cold and chilly outside, a perfect excuse to get lazy, stay cozy inside and of course watch movie which i hardly get time for. So today I decided to watch "Sex and the City" again. There is something about the character of Carrie Bradshaw( Sarah Jessica Parker) strong, sexy and witty which i really enjoy, not that i want to relate myself to her in any way. And of course the wardrobe which Mr.Big builds for her is to die for... Does such luxuries really happen and do men really built that kind of closet. Hmm just a thought......

OK we are not here to discuss movie that too some old one but actually this is what I did on a chilly winter day. Hey my story is not over yet, my biggest indulgence of the day has not been screened yet."Beef and Black Bean Chili" Taddaa...... Now thats what is a perfect chilly day indulgence for me. Totally comforting and a complete soul food. I am sure every household has their very own recipe, actually the way my mom made this is a very different and lengthy process(which I will share with you all soon) but I came up with this recipe not so time consuming and lengthy but very satisfying and comforting flavors.


  • Beef minced 1 lbs
  • Tomato chopped 1 cup
  • Canned diced tomato 1 can 15oz
  • Tomato paste 2 Tbsp
  • Onion chopped 1/2 cup and for garnish
  • Garlic chopped 1 Tbsp
  • Ginger chopped 1 Tbsp
  • Serrano pepper 1
  • Black bean 1 can 15oz(drained)
  • Coriander powder 1 Tbsp
  • Paprika 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Mustard 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Worcestershire sauce 2 Tbsp
  • Cilantro chopped 2 Tbsp
  • Chicken stock 1 cup
  • water 1 cup
  • Oil 2 Tbsp

Throughly wash the canned black beans and boil it with ginger, serrano chili, chicken stock and water for about 15- 20 minutes covered on medium low flame. Boiling the beans like this add lot of flavor to otherwise bland beans. Heat the oil in a pot and add onions, once they start to get translucent add the beef and garlic and cook till the beef get brown.
Now add the tomatoes both chopped and canned and tomato paste with coriander,cumin and paprika powder and cook for 4-5 mins till everything blends well. Keep stirring it while cooking to avoid anything sticking to the pot and getting burned. Add the boiled beans with mustard and Worcestershire sauce, salt and sugar to the beef mixture. Stir everything together cover the lid and cook it on simmer for another 15 minutes if it get too thick you can add little more water as per your desired thickness. Mash the beans with bean masher before serving. Add cilantro and serve with onion and chopped Serrano(if liked) on top as garnish. Enjoy both the Chilly weather and the yummy Chili.


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