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Best Bean Chili

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Serves 6 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 30


1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (15 ounce) can kidney
beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans,
drained and rinsed
3 (14.5 ounce) cans diced
tomatoes with green chile peppers
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened
cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Cook beef in pan until browned, 5 to 8 minutes.

Stir in onions, bell pepper and garlic and cook 5

minutes more.

Stir in kidney beans, pinto beans and tomatoes. Season with brown sugar, cocoa powder, chili powder and cumin.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. (To make in a slow cooker, simply transfer beef mixture to a slow cooker, stir in remaining ingredients, cover

and cook on low 5 to 6 hours.)

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Best Bean Chili tweaks the traditional recipe, coupling

red kidney and pinto beans with ground beef and all the

chili seasonings. It can be prepared on the stove or a slow

cooker. Although B.E.A.N. recipes usually call for a specific

variety, any canned or dry-packaged bean variety can be easily

substituted for another.

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