Our family loves this chili. It is our "go to" comfort dish for football parties, holiday parties, busy fall days (it is great in the crockpot), and just about any other coolish-to-cold-weather occasion we feel is a good "chili" kind of day. I love to serve it with a toppings bar so that everyone can make and enjoy their own creation. (Though not pictured, avocado is especially delicious as a topping!) My toddlers even get down on some of this not-too-spicy-but-full-of-flavor soup as long as they have some dippin' chips to use as spoons. Needless to say, it has definitely been a crowd pleasing meal for us!
Ranch Taco Chili
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
1/2 cup Onion, diced
1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
2 cups Chicken Broth*
1 can (11 3/4 oz) Diced Tomates & Green Chiles (such as Rotel)
1 can (16 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 can Pinto Beans, Rinsed
1 can Black Beans, Rinsed
1 pkg Taco Seasoning*
1 pkg Buttermilk Ranch* Seasoning
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin
Shredded Cheese - Monterey Jack, Sharp Cheddar
In a large dutch oven, brown ground beef (or turkey), onion, and red pepper. When beef is no longer pink, drain fat and return to pan. Add chicken broth (or water), diced tomatoes (do not drain first), tomato sauce, pinto and black beans. Stir until combined. Add taco and ranch seasonings as well as chili powder and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1/2 hour to 2 hours.
Top with tortilla chips, sour cream, avocado, and/or shredded Monterey jack cheese. Enjoy!
*Notes: I use Chili 3000 and Buttermilk Ranch seasoning from Penzeys Spices. I simply substitute the amount equal to the seasoning packet, or about 2-3 TBS each. The recipe is great either way, but I really love the Penzeys in this chili. Also, water can be used in place of chicken broth, or use a combination of the two. This chili also works in a slow cooker. Simply brown beef before adding all ingredients and cook low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-4.
Source: Adapted from Paula Deen's Taco Chili with Mix
Recipe shared with: Chef-in-Training, Mom on Timeout, Fantabulous Friday, Weekend Potluck, Six Sisters' Stuff, Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby, Cheerios and Lattes, Or so she says..., Love Bakes Good Cakes