Beef Chili


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced (1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
  • 2 carrots, diced (1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (90 percent lean)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Directions

  • Heat the oil in large pot over moderate heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and carrots, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the cumin and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the ground beef; raise the heat to high and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, water, chipotle and adobo sauce, oregano and salt and pepper. Cook, partially covered, stirring from time to time, for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the beans and continue cooking, partially covered, 20 minutes longer. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.


Meat Loaf

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium red pepper, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 
     

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Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray lightly with oil.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions, garlic and bay leaf until the onions are tender, about 3 minutes. Add the red pepper and cook until the red pepper is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley and thyme and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and let the onion mixture cool. Discard the bay leaf.
  • In a large bowl, combine the beef, eggs, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup of ketchup, the Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and the cooled vegetables. Use your hands to mix everything together.
  • Transfer the mixture to the center of the baking sheet and form into a loaf. Coat the meat loaf with the remaining 1/2 cup ketchup.
  • Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depending on the shape of your loaf), until the meat loaf is firm. Let set for about 5 minutes before slicing.




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