Cheesy Beef Chili (04.21.15)

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  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For serving:

  • Shredded cheddar cheese (additional)
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla strips
  • Jalapeno slices

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, salt and pepper; sauté for about 4-5 minutes.

Add the garlic, chili powder, and cumin; cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Push the onion mixture to the sides of the pan. Add the ground beef with additional salt and pepper. Cook until broken down and browned.

Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, tomato sauce, and beans to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 25-30 minutes. Fold in the cheddar cheese. Serve with the additional cheese, scallions, sour cream, tortilla chips and jalapeno slices.

Sponsor: Utah Beef Council