One Recipe, Two Meals: Southwest-Style Chili

The chili starts off the same for everyone: browned seasoned beef, a dose of veggies, black beans, tomatoes and a little bit of tomato sauce[. At this point the kids' version is ready! To up the ante for the adults, I added a bit of beer, beef stock, more chili powder, a minced jalapeno and brown sugar to round it out.]

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min

4 servings (2 kids, 2 adults)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup stout beer, such as Guinness
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Lime juice, optional
  • Garnishes: shredded Cheddar, sour cream, sliced jalapeno, sour cream, torn cilantro sprigs
  • Serving suggestion: cornbread
  • Let's make the kids' version first. In a large pot, brown the ground beef all over, until no longer pink. If you need to drain the fat, go right ahead! Add the cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder and a good pinch of salt. Saute for a minute or so. Add the garlic, onion and bell pepper. Saute until the veggies soften and the garlic is fragrant, another couple of minutes.

  • Add the beans, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir to combine and let simmer for 10 minutes. Taste it. The kids will dig that, right?

  • Ladle out about a cup for each of your littles. Top each bowl with shredded Cheddar and serve cornbread on the side!

  • Now let's finish this out for the adults. To the pot, add the beer, beef stock, jalapeno, brown sugar and the remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder. It will feel pretty soupy at this point, but let it simmer for another 20 minutes or so, stirring once in a while. Taste it one more time for any seasoning adjustments. Maybe a little salt? Lime juice? Go for it.

  • Serve it with shredded cheese, sliced jalapeno, sour cream and torn cilantro sprigs. Boom.

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