Casual Family Favorite Black Bean Chili – From Canned to Company Ready

Serves about 10 with generous seconds.

Saute approximately 2# of lean ground beef or turkey

Add 1-2 finely diced onion, saute til translucent

Add about 3-4 cloves of finely sliced garlic, saute til fragrant

Drain Fat

Add 3-4 cans of petite diced tomatoes (I use at least one fire roasted)

3 cans black beans or 2 cans black beans 1 can light red/pinto beans

Add 1 large drained can sweet (not creamed) corn

Season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, paprika, oregano to taste

Add cayenne pepper/red chili flakes or your fave hot sauce to taste

Simmer down a couple hours very low.  If soupy, shake/sift a small amount of flour and whisk in to bind/thicken.

Serve with cornbread or rice or focaccia or any other thing to soak up the goodness.  Freezes beautifully.  I make this when I feel lazy, purists could use fresh tomatoes and uncanned beans (after soaking).  I think there are better uses for fresh tomatoes and this comes out just fine.

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