Hector M. Sanchez
Hands-On Time
10 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Serves 4

Packed with flavor but not too spicy, this chili gets its southwestern flare from poblano peppers and chili powder. After cooking a base of onion, carrots, and peppers, you’ll brown the meat and stir in beans, tomato paste, and more. Serve the chili on its own, with hot sauce at the table, or with tortilla chips or a dollop of sour cream. Another plus: Our Southwestern Beef Chili with Corn freezes well. Double or even triple the recipe when you cook, then freeze the extra servings in separate containers to thaw and enjoy later in the season; on a cold, busy night, your future self will thank you.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and poblano and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.

Step 2

Add the beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until it is slightly darkened, 1 minute.

Step 4

Stir in the beans, chili powder, 3 cups water, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Step 5

Simmer over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the corn.

Step 6

Divide the chili among bowls and top with the Cheddar and scallions.

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