Make Mine a Spicy One

12 Dec

Imagine a big steaming pot of chili…  Doesn’t It have “comfort” written all over it?

This chili doesn’t have a lot of meat in it.  I add loads of good-for-you roasted pumpkin seeds for bulk and crunchy contrast.

You can top your chili with chopped avocado, cold sour cream, and some grated strong cheese.

Chipotle Beef and Bean Chili

Serves 4


  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ lb lean ground beef
  • 1 chipotle pepper, minced
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  •  21 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 can roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed & drained
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup dry roasted shelled pumpkin seeds, unsalted


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.  Add the beef and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, breaking into smaller pieces until no longer pink.  Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, bell pepper and garlic and them to the pot.  Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the chipotle pepper, chili powder, cumin, and oregano.  Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the beans, and ¼ cup water (if needed), and bring to a boil.  Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the salt and pumpkin seeds. 

8 Responses to “Make Mine a Spicy One”

  1. gwynnem December 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Pumpkins seeds sound like a unique and flavorful addition to your recipe. It’s definitely chili-eating season in Denver!

  2. Phil Lanoue December 13, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Temps just started to drop a bit here in the coastal South Carolina US area and chili sounds great!

  3. heartflow2012 December 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    I love the idea of the pumpkin seeds – we have a lot of them after making fresh pumpkin pies in the last weeks – roasted with a bit of salt, very tasty, but to add them to chili is great!

  4. rarasaur December 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    Do you think it’d cook the same with ground turkey?

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