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Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Quick Beef Chili

Rich, beefy petite tender, the quick-cooking foundation of this stew and a supermarket steak cut from shoulder, looks and tastes like tenderloin but costs a third of the price. Can't find it? Try chuck-eye steak, which has good flavor but needs a little more trimming.

Southern Living JANUARY 2014

  • Yield: Makes 2 qt.
  • Hands-on:25 Minutes
  • Total:55 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef petite tender steak (aka shoulder tender), trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 to 3 tsp. chipotle chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 5 (4.5-oz.) cans chopped green chiles
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons plain yellow cornmeal
  • Toppings: green onions, fried onion rings, sour cream, Cheddar cheese

Preparation

1. Sprinkle beef with desired amount of salt and pepper. Cook beef in hot oil in a large, enamel cast-iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until browned. Transfer beef to a platter.

2. Add onion to Dutch oven, and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic and next 3 ingredients; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes.

3. Add chiles, next 2 ingredients, beef, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Boil, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes. Add salt to taste. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Serve with desired toppings.

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