pork, beef, and black bean chili

We had some unseasonably warm weather last week.  Who knew the temperature could get into the mid 70’s in early November!  It was great weather for raking leaves and playing in the yard.  Well, it only lasted a few days…and now we are back to cooler temperatures; and in my opinion, it is perfect chili weather!

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

My favorite chili recipe combines three different meats, lots of spices, tomatoes, peppers, and black beans.  Can you say flavorful?!?  It is quite the hit in our house, well except with my vegetarian daughter (I’ll share my vegetarian chili recipe another time).

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

You will need…

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. chuck steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 18 oz. tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cups onion, diced
  • 3 cups red bell peppers, diced
  • 45 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • fresh chopped onion
  • sour cream

Directions…

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add the ground pork and ground beef, and saute until brown.

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

Add the cubed beef and garlic, and saute.

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

Add 2 cups of beef broth and bring to a boil.  Add the cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, and cayenne pepper.  Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

Add tomato paste and sugar, simmer 5 more minutes.  Add tomatoes, onions, and peppers.  Simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

Add the black beans to the chili.

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

Add more beef broth, 1/2 cup at a time until thinned to the desired consistency.  Bring chili to a simmer.

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

Serve with grated cheddar cheese, chopped onion, and sour cream.  I recommend some corn bread on the side, too!

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

pork, beef, and black bean chili | polka dots and picket fences

I might add that this chili is even better the next day, and it makes SO much that you will surely have leftovers!  Just add more beef broth and reheat.  Oh, and enjoy!

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