Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr
10 servings (serving size: 1 1/3 cups chili, 1 tablespoon sour cream, and about 1 teaspoon cilantro)

Instead of using commercial chili powder to flavor this stew, we puree dried ancho chiles for a customized taste. You can prepare the chile-broth puree up to two days in advance to streamline prep for a busy night.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Add cumin, garlic, and chiles; cook 3 minutes or until chiles are soft, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand at room temperature 20 minutes.

Step 2

Place half of chile mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour pureed chile mixture into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining chile mixture. Set aside.

Step 3

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until browned on all sides. Remove beef from pan. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add bell pepper to pan, and sauté for 8 minutes or until browned. Stir in pureed chile mixture and beef; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beef is tender. Add beans; cook 20 minutes. Stir in salt and black pepper. Top with sour cream and cilantro; serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

ChelleyBones's Review

April 24, 2009
This dish blows all other chilis out of this world! Very healthy and quite a filling meal. I cut the recipe in half and there was still enough to feed a crowd and plenty of leftovers! I was unable to find dried seeded ancho chiles so I seeded them myself. Added to the prep time but was well worth it. I also cut the meat into smaller chunks. Because my 10 month old is freightened by the blender I skipped this step. Made the chili a little bit more soupy but not in a bad way. Very delicious and highly recommended!

MooAtU2's Review

December 10, 2008
I really like this recipe. The ancho chilies were a great addition. I was surprised that the type of meat I used came out so tender, but I wished I would have cut it up smaller. I also used canned kidney beans. I knocked off one star because it was a little time consuming and used a lot of dishes.

CherylR1954's Review

October 09, 2010
This is incredible chili. It definitely is worth the time to make the puree. I did make some substitutions. Because I didn't want to figure out how many cups of dried kidney beans would make 6 cups (though I could have easily on the Internet), I bought 3 cans of kidney beans. They weren't enough, so I threw in a can of black beans, which I love. It's chili--so what? The market didn't have ancho chiles so I guess and grabbed chipotles. I checked online and I was w/in about a point in terms of heat...if anything just a tad hotter, which is fine in my book. And I did get lazy and didn't want to cut up the beef, so used 2 lbs. of ground sirloin. It tastes so good today that I'm eating something else tonight and waiting til tomorrow night to really enjoy it. This is certainly one of the best chilis I ever made, and I have dozens of recipes.