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Chasen's was an Old Hollywood restaurant frequented by Elizabeth Taylor and many other stars. If you want to skip the dried-bean step, you can substitute two (15-ounce) cans of pinto beans that have been drained and rinsed. Add some cornbread and a salad for the perfect casual dinner on a cold night.

Recipe by Oxmoor House September 2012


Credit: Oxmoor House

Recipe Summary

3 hrs 22 mins
28 mins
Serves 10 (serving size: 1 cup)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Sort and wash beans; place in a Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes; remove from heat. Cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain beans.

  • Add 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Stir in tomatoes; cook 5 minutes.

  • While beans cook, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add bell pepper and onion; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add parsley and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add ground round and remaining ingredients; cook 8 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add meat mixture to bean mixture. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.

  • Kids Can Help: Let the kids stir the pot while the meat is browning and the tomatoes are cooking. They'll feel like real cooks. Just make sure you stay close.

Chef's Notes

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Nutrition Facts

282 calories; fat 12.1g; saturated fat 4.3g; mono fat 4.9g; poly fat 1.6g; protein 20.9g; carbohydrates 21.2g; fiber 6.6g; cholesterol 53mg; iron 3.9mg; sodium 486mg; calcium 75mg.