Friday, November 20, 2009

Amy's Sweet & Spicy Cilantro Lime Chili

Amy's Sweet & Spicy Cilantro Lime Chili

1 tbls olive oil

Green pepper

Yellow Onion

3 Tomatoes (medium, or 2 large)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb extra lean ground beef, browned

1/4 c beef broth

1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can tomato sauce, 8 oz

1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz can)

1/2 cup habanero bbq sauce (or your choice of spicy bbq sauce)

(*option - use a packaged chili seasoning in replacement of following seasonings, like McCormicks chili seasoning packet)


2 tbls chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic salt or powder

1/4 tsp coriander

pinch cayenne pepper (*optional)

Sea salt & fresh ground pepper; to your taste preference

1 tbls honey

1/2 tbls fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Cheddar cheese, freshly shredded (about 1-2 cups)

Heat 1 tbls olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium heat. Rough chop green pepper, sweet yellow onion, and put in pan once oil is hot, but not too hot. While sauteing, chop 2-3 tomatoes and 3 cloves garlic, and add to mixture. Let saute for 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. While mixture is sauteing, cook brown beef on medium heat (I salt my beef a little while its cooking). Once browned, add beef to mixture as well as 1/4 cup beef broth.

Bring to a boil, than cook uncovered on low until moisture is almost gone, about 10 minutes. Than add: 1 can red kidney beans, 1 can pinto beans, and 1 can black beans, 1 can tomato sauce, and 1 can tomatoes. Stir in 1/4 cup habanero bbq sauce, 2 tbls chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp coriander, pinch of cayenne pepper, salt and pepper (or after bbq sauce, stir in package of chili seasoning). Heat through and let simmer about 10-15 minutes, than remove from heat and stir in 1 tbls honey, 1/2 tbls fresh lime juice, and fresh cilnantro.

Shred cheddar cheese for topping. You can also have sour cream, oyster crackers, chopped green onions, minced white or red onion, etc. for toppings. Enjoy!!

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