3 Pepper and Peanut Beef Chili Prep time: 10 minutesPrint recipe
Cooking time: 6 minutes
Slow cooker time: 4 to 8 hours
Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Spice up your dinner with a delicious bowl of chili, packed with beef, chipotle and – the secret ingredient – peanut butter. Add hot peppers as desired to give your chili a kick!


1 tbsp (15 mL) oil, preferably peanut

1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef

½ cup (125 mL) diced onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced

⅓ cup (75 mL) peanut butter

2 tbsp (30 mL) chili powder

1 tsp (5 mL) each dried oregano leaves and ground cumin

½ tsp (2 mL) salt

1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz/798 mL)

1 can whole tomatoes (28 oz/798 mL)

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained (19 oz/540 mL)

1 tbsp (15 mL) canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced, or 1 tsp (5 mL) chipotle or regular hot pepper sauce

8 to 10 sweet mini colourful peppers


Toppings (optional)

Sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and diced avocado


Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add beef, onion, garlic and ½ the jalapeno, stirring to break up meat. Cook through, about 5 minutes. Drain fat if needed, then return to heat. Add peanut butter and spices to meat. Stir 1 minute. Add to slow cooker.

Stir in tomatoes, black beans and chipotle pepper. Cut stems from mini peppers and use a small spoon to remove seeds. Add to slow cooker and stir. Cover slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Taste, and stir in remaining jalapeno if needed. Serve with toppings if desired.


Tip: For an easy veggie chili, swap out meat for an additional can of black beans.



Per serving: 400 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 0.3 g trans fat), 45 mg cholesterol, 26 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 10 g fibre, 12 g sugar, 1200 mg sodium

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