1 onion, diced
1 green or red bell pepper, diced
1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey, if preferred)
Beans (I use several canned varieties: pinto, kidney, black, pink, etc.), drained **
1 large can tomatoes
3 - 4 fresh tomatoes, cut in large chunks
1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons chili powder
1 - 2 teaspoons cumin
Garlic Festival Garli Garni
seasoning (What? More Garli Garni?)
Saute first four ingredients with a little olive oil until onions are translucent. Add meat and saute until browned. Set aside.
Meanwhile, in a large pot add beans, tomatoes, salsa and seasonings. Transfer cooked meat mixture to pot. Add water to pot for the right consistency. Cook beans on low heat for several hours to meld the flavors.
Adjust the seasonings as needed for your taste buds. Personally, I usually toss in a 4 oz. can of diced green chilies to turn up the heat.
*If fresh garlic is not available, try our Garlic Naturally Organic Roasted Garlic Pieces. Simply measure out as much as you would like and re-hydrate with a little water before using.
**Of course you can cook dry beans from scratch, if you prefer. Also, the number of cans of beans you use and the rest of the ingredients depends on how many you are serving.