When I had lunch last week at my favorite local BBQ joint, I was looking forward to two things. Well, one thing really but in two different ways. First, I was going to enjoy (devour is probably a better word for it) a nice big smoked brisket sandwich. And second I was going home with a pound of smoked brisket for this three bean two meat chili. I wanted that great tender beef with a nice smokiness, the perfect compliment to my chili.
My wife’s not a big fan of chunks of beef in her chili (or anywhere else for that matter) unless they are crazy tender. That’s why she absolutely loved this chili: both the ground beef and brisket were fall-apart delicious.
The broth this chili makes it my favorite. It’s red and that means it’s going to be spicy thanks to plenty of cayenne. The chili powder and paprika don’t hurt either, that’s for sure. I could just drink it right out of the bowl.
I use my trusty, beloved Dutch oven to make this and any other chili. It has the best heat consistency and cleans up nice and easy.
Three Bean Two Meat Chili
- olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin Note: My wife doesn't care much for cumin, so I used just about 1/2 tablespoon. Use more or less, to taste
- 4 tablespoons cayenne Note: This makes for a mighty hot chili. If you like your chili milder, start with 1 tablespoon of cayenne and go from there.
- 4 tablespoons paprika
- 1 pound smoked brisket cut into small cubes (I picked up a pound of brisket from one of my favorite BBQ joints. You can also use leftover smoked brisket.)
- 1 pound ground beef browned and drained
- 1 16 ounce black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 16 ounce red beans rinsed and drained
- 1 16 ounce dark red kidney beans rinsed and drained
- 1 16 ounce diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 16 ounce petite diced tomatoes with juices
- Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until just soft, 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne and paprika. Stir to coat the onion and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
- Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and continue simmering for 1 hour.
Nutritional values are approximate.