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Mexican-inspired Chili Beans

 

Mexican-Inspired Chili Beans

If you’re looking for a hearty and flavorful dish that brings a taste of Mexico to your table, this Mexican-Inspired Chili Beans recipe is perfect. Packed with protein, fiber, and rich flavors, it’s a satisfying meal that’s easy to prepare and perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef (or turkey for a lighter option)
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Sour cream and shredded cheese (optional, for serving)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook until it’s soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and bell peppers to the pot. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the peppers start to soften.
  3. Add the ground beef (or turkey) to the pot. Cook until it’s browned and crumbled, making sure to break up the meat as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
  4. Stir in the beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and tomato sauce. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Season with chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Pour in the broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to low and let the chili simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. This allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  7. Stir in the lime juice just before serving for a fresh, zesty kick.
  8. Serve the chili beans hot, garnished with fresh cilantro. For an extra touch of indulgence, top with sour cream and shredded cheese if desired.

Tips:

  • For a vegetarian version, omit the meat and add an extra can of beans or some corn.
  • Adjust the spices to your heat preference. Add a chopped jalapeño or a dash of cayenne pepper for more heat.
  • This dish pairs perfectly with warm tortillas or over a bed of rice.

Enjoy this delicious and hearty Mexican-Inspired Chili Beans recipe with your family and friends. It’s sure to be a hit!

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