Queso Beef and Bean Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 6

A quick and easy beef and bean chili with plenty of cheese melted into the sauce!

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder (or chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or chili powder)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (4 ounce) diced green chilies (optional)
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans red kidney beans (or black beans or pinto beans)
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (and/or monterey jack), shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Cook the beef and onion in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, before optionally draining off any grease.*
  2. Add the garlic, ancho chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin and paprika, mix, and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the tomatoes, green chiles, beans, oregano, and worcestershire sauce, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat, add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese, mix and let the cheese melt in!
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

Slow Cooker: Optionally implement steps 1-2, place everything except the cheeses into the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-10 hours or high for 2-4 hours before turning off the heat and mixing in the cheeses.
Note: *When using a fattier ground beef I cook the beef first, drain the grease, and then add the onions to cook. When using leaner beef I cook the onions with the beef to save time.
Note: Feel free to add water or beef broth if you want it more brothy.
Note: You can simmer for longer if you wish.
Note: Any leftovers are better the next day!
Option: Add 2 tablespoons tomato paste with the garlic.
Option: Add 2 teaspoons soy sauce along with the worcestershire sauce.
Option: Add hot sauce.
Option: Add bacon!
Option: Serve with your favourite chili toppings such as: cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro, avocado, tortilla chips, etc.!

Nutrition Facts: Calories 556, Fat 38g (Saturated 18g, Trans 1g), Cholesterol 116mg, Sodium 806mg, Carbs 42g (Fiber 11g, Sugars 11g), Protein 37g

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