Beef and Pinto Bean Chili

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Warm up with a bowl of chili. This recipe is chock full of protein and veggies to keep your family energized and healthy this winter. If you want to give your bowl a kick, leave the seeds and membrane of the peppers in, but if you prefer a more mild taste, cut them out. Serve this steaming dish with a helping of cornbread.

1 pound boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
2 tablespoons canola oil
4 cups chopped onion (about 2 medium)
1/4 cup minced jalapeño peppers (about 2 large)
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

Garnish (optional)
1/2 cup thinly sliced radish
1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and chopped
6 tablespoons small cilantro leaves
6 tablespoons sour cream
6 lime wedges

1. Heat a Dutch oven over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle beef evenly with 1/8 teaspoon salt. Add beef to pan; sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove from pan.

2. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and jalapeño; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly.

3. Stir in beer, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid almost evaporates (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

4. Stir in paprika, cumin, and tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.

5. Add broth, tomatoes, beans and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is thick and beef is very tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

6. Ladle 1 cup chili into each of 6 bowls. Divide radish and avocado evenly among bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon cilantro and 1 tablespoon sour cream. Serve with lime wedges.

photo courtesy of Sweet Pea’s Kitchen