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  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 green and/or yellow bell peppers, diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-3/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cans (4 ounces each) diced mild green chiles
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup water plus additional as needed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Sliced green onions, diced tomatoes and/or chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. In large saucepot, heat oil over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion, and cook 5 minutes or until vegetables begin to soften, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic, chili powder, cumin and oregano, and cook 1 minute.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Add beef and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until browned, breaking up meat with side of wooden spoon. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Stir in chiles, salsa and water, and heat to simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans and salt. If chili seems thick, add up to 1/2 cup additional water. Cook 5 minutes. Serve chili topped with green onions, tomatoes and/or cilantro, if desired.

  • 335 Calories
  • 8g Fat (3g Saturated)
  • 65mg Cholesterol
  • 886mg Sodium
  • 33g Carbohydrates
  • 9g Fiber
  • 30g Protein

One Response to Beef & Bean Chili Verde

  1. Ken says:

    Not a bad recipe looking but I’d lose the bell peppers and the canned chilies. Instead use an equivalent amount fresh Poblano, New Mexican, and/or Anaheim chilies. You can also throw in a few jalapenos. If you clean them of seeds and veins, they’ll actually add very little heat.

    If you really want it verde, you also have to lose the chili powder and tomato paste and rely on the salsa verde and fresh green chilies for flavor. So why not just lose the water also and add more of the salsa verde? A jar is going to be more than a cup anyway. One full jar of salsa verde and no water.