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Classic Beef and Bean Chili With Bev Cooks!

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Can you believe I am trying to move during this crazy holiday season? Well, we are and during the next couple weeks I am going to be highlighting some of my favorite new friends. Not only is this helping me get through our move, but wait until you meet my friends, you are going to LOVE them!

I am thrilled to introduce my gorgeous, hilarious, crazy talented new friend Bev over at Bev Cooks. I met her last month at Food Blog Forum in Nashville, TN and she is as sweet in person as she is online. LOVE her…..and wait until you see her mouthwatering recipes and photography.

Without further ado, I give you Bev πŸ™‚

Well, hellooooo. I’m Bev and I blog over at Bev Cooks! Pleazha to meet ya.

I’m freakin’ jazzed to be guest posting over here today because A) I met Jenny last month and have since attained a somewhat decent hold on my girl crush. B) I’m excited to get to know you guys as well so we can all take part in a virtual round of face cheek pinching. and C) I’m sort of hoping that I can get Jenny to teach me how to do my hair like hers. Those WAVES. Are you kidding?

Thank you, Jenny for having me!

Now….are those waves natural? Because if they are I might lose it….


Oh my goodness, I love Bev…..and no the curls are NOT natural πŸ™‚Β  Here is Bev’s fabulous Classic Beef and Bean Chili.Β  All Photos courtesy of Bev Cooks.


Classic Beef and Bean Chili

Recipe by Bev Cooks

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs crushed jalapeno pepper (or 1 Tbs. cayenne)
2 Tbs. chili powder
2 Tbs. cumin
1 Tbs. smoked paprika
1 (14.5 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can chili ready red beans, undrained
1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted tomatoes
4 small roma or heirloom tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 Tbs. fresh oregano
2 Tbs. fresh thyme
1 Tbs. dijon mustard
2 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
fresh cilantro and grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Heat a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high and add the meat. Brown all over, then add the onions and garlic. Saute 2 minutes, until the onions have softened.

Add the crushed jalapeno peppers, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Bloom spices for 1 minute while tossing everything around.

Add the beans and tomatoes, along with all the herbs. Add 3 cups water (or stock of your choice) and simmer 20 minutes.

Add the mustard, honey, brown sugar and cider; simmer for an hour.

Taste it, toss in more salt and pepper if needed.

Serve chili garnished with cilantro and cheddar cheese.

6 Servings


Thanks for sharing your talents with us Bev, so great to have you!


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  1. 1

    Bev, first Jenna, now Jenny…you are making the rounds on some of my fave bloggers’ sites and doing a marvelous job.

    I wish that we could all meet up and have a big chit-chat sesh.


  2. 2

    What a soup! This sounds so yummy.

  3. 3

    Sounds delicious! I am going to have to try this. Do you think it could be adapted for the crock pot? I like to slow cook my chili, so maybe I can adapt it πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    […] a hilarious understatement to say I dig her. Girl’s rad and can tear UP a cupcake. So go here and say heeeey! And then put your hands in the aiya like you just don’t caiya. (you […]

  5. 5

    I love Chili and this recipe looks perfect for this time of year!! Glad to see you over here, Bev and thanks for sharing a great recipe. πŸ™‚

  6. 6

    I’m so jealous- I want to meet Bev one of these days too!! Awesome chili!

  7. 7

    Bev, off the wall question for you – what is that gray weathered looking wood? Is it your floor, your counter, or a prop? Does it have a name, a store, and a purchase price? I’ve been dumpster searching for months trying to find something like this for a cookbook project I’m photographing. Please do share!

    • 7.1
      Bev Weidner says:

      Hey, Michele!

      It’s actually faux wood wallpaper! My friend gave it to me a few weeks ago, and I believe she got it on ebay. I really love it. Rustic, but rolls up and fits nicely in the corner. πŸ˜‰ And you can get it in ALL kinds of colors. Try that!

      • 7.1.1
        Jenny says:

        Too fun! I have a roll of faux wood wallpaper that I use too! It’s such a great idea!! I purchased mine on ebay too.


          Are you kidding me!! I’m thinking you guys had to spend all this time looking for the perfect wood to create a prop. I’m headed to e-bay right now to get me some. Thanks ladies!!

  8. 8
    Deborah says:

    I love Bev, and this chili looks fabulous!!

  9. 9

    Oh my, I’m in a food coma just looking at this! I was just telling Bev how much of a chili girl/connoisseur I am! πŸ˜‰ Cannot wait to try this! Wonderful recipe Bev and Guest Post! πŸ™‚

    Katie @Epicurean Mom

  10. 10

    This looks like the PERFECT bowl of chili. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing this guest post with us!

  11. 11

    This looks very similar to my Chili recipe. However it has a few ingredients that I will have to try out, such as the vinegar and brown sugar. I normally add those to my meatballs and hadn’t thought about them in chili. Looking forward to trying it.

  12. 12

    Yummy! Perfect for this awesome colder Texas weather.

  13. 13
    Kristin Ball says:

    This is an amazing recipe.. So easy,quick and fabulous…
    Thank you for sharing

  14. 14
    Alisa says:

    Was just looking for a chili recipe. This one looks perfect, but what are “chili ready red beans”?

  15. 15
    blythe says:

    what is blooming?

  16. 16
    Miriam says:

    “Serve chili garnished with cilantro and cheddar cheese.” – should say “grated parmesan cheese” … ?

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