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Oklahoma Agriculture in the Classroom


Food & Fun Recipes

Chili Beans

Ingredients (Serves 8)
  • 16 ounces dried pinto beans, rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 3 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 large bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 large onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 3 pounds lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 4-5 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  1. Rinse and drain the soaked beans.
  2. Place in a large Dutch oven or pot and add water to cover.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer until beans are tender, about 2 hours. Bean skins should burst when you blow on a few in a spoon.
  4. Add tomatoes and simmer for five minutes. Set beans aside.
  5. In a skillet in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, saute chopped onions and bell pepper until soft.
  6. Add garlic and chopped parsley.
  7. Add ground beef and brown lightly.
  8. Stir in chili powder, and cook for 10 minutes. Skim off excess fat.
  9. Add beef mixture to beans and stir in pepper, cumin and salt to taste.
  10. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.