Pork~N~Beef, Black Bean Chili

While unconventional, that I use 3 meats, black beans, and red as opposed to bell peppers… this dish is second to none in my book of chili con carne. I’d take the pepsi challenge on it :::wink::: I cook with a few secret ingredients of my own, pork being one of them, especially bacon starts, and the other you KNOW is wine:)
I do love to make soups/beans.. in fact I have a pal that used to “show up” whenever I made a pot of beans… it really got to be eery after awhile.. now I make beans, and I guess I’m too far away, because I keep checking the driveway, and she isnt here? ::sigh:: (H?)
My Dad makes a mean chili too with Venison and pinto, I’ll save that for another time.

Pork~N~Beef, Black Bean Chili

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1 pound beef steak, cut into 1-inch cubes or smaller
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 Tablespoons NM chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 6-ounce cans tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar (splenda)
3 cups diced tomatoes (fresh)
3 cups diced onions
3 cups diced red bell peppers
3 cups canned black beans, drained & rinsed. ( or go put on a pot!)
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro ( or less, depending on your fondness to this herb)
2 cups (about) beef broth
Grated cheddar cheese
Sour cream dollop

*Avocado diced

Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add ground pork and ground beef and sauté until brown. Add cubed beef and garlic and sauté 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water; bring to slow boil. Add cumin, NM chili powder, oregano, salt, and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 10 minutes. Add tomato paste and sugar and simmer 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, onions, and peppers and simmer about 30 minutes.
Add black beans and cilantro to chili. Add beef broth ½ cup at a time, until thinned to desired consistency. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. In fact, I prefer day 2! LOL- Excellent for freezing.
Serve Hot with a dollop of sour cream and cheese sprinkled atop chili.
Mine and Walts: add diced avocado on top, and argue over who got more chunks.
My cornbread is a delicious compliment with this dish:)


I sometimes substitute with Kidney beans…..But“black” is my favorite way.