How to Cook My Beef & Bean Chili Verde

by Cupcakes & Crowbars ™

Chili is dangerous territory. People get fanatical about the word. I'm no chili expert. I know true verde is beanless; I know I use unconventional spices. This just tastes good, so enjoy!


  • 1 ½ Pounds Ground chuck
  • 4 Cans kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 2 16 oz Jars of Salsa Verde
  • ½ Cups Water
  • 4 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Red Pepper (optional - roast it)
  • ½ Large sweet onion (or one whole small), diced
  • 4 Sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Roasted Cumin/Coriander Seed ground mix (optional)
  • ½ Teaspoons Ground cloves
  • ½ Teaspoons Ground cayenne pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Optional Toppings:
  • Avocado
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Shredded aged cheddar
  • Tortilla strips
  • Sour cream
  • Lime wedges
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    First up, gather your supplies. As you read through, you may notice they're not all pictured here. That's called lack of preparation, kids. Don't follow my example.

    Step 2

    You can add the pepper fresh, by simply seeding & dicing, then sautéing with the onion. You get a different flavor punch by roasting. Both ways are delicious, just different!

    Step 3

    To roast a red pepper: set broiler to 450*f, or just turn it on if you don't have temp control. Coat pepper in olive oil, place under broiler for appx 5-8 mins per side. Let cool, seed, dice.

    Step 4

    Dice onion & garlic & sauté over med-low heat w 2 tbsp olive oil until onion is translucent. If you don't roast your pepper, add it in at this step. When tender, move mix to a bowl & set aside.

    Step 5

    Add 2 tbsp oil to same pot & cook ground chuck until browned. Drain grease, return to pot, and add pepper & onion back in.

    Step 6

    Next, add cayenne, cumin, chili powder, and (optional) roasted coriander/cumin, and 1 tsp sea salt. Cook over med heat, stirring constantly, until herbs are really fragrant. About 5 mins.

    Step 7

    Now add the salsa verde & water & stir to combine. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently, then add kidney beans & oregano. Stir it all together. Reduce heat VERY low & cover.

    Step 8

    Simmer 30-45 mins, stirring occasionally, to really combine the flavors. Keep your heat super low to avoid burning!

    Step 9

    Serve plain, or with your favorite combination of toppings! This is a super yummy dish that my whole family loves.

    Step 10