Friday, February 24, 2012

Black Bean and Beef Chili Recipe with Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa

Black Bean and Beef Chili Recipe with Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa
The salsa with cilantro, red onion, avocado, and lime really puts this black bean chili over the top!

(For Phase One Fridays I highlight Phase One recipes from the past that have been my personal favorites.  This Black Bean and Beef Chili with Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa is something I've made over and over since I first posted it in 2008.  I made it again this year for our family Superbowl party and decided to take some step-by-step photos; enjoy!)

Chili is a great party food, as well as something that's nice to have in the freezer for quick dinners.  For anyone not familiar with the cuisine of the Southwestern United States, the stew-like dish called Chili may be a bit puzzling. Yes, it does usually contain chiles (small red or green hot peppers) as well as chile powder (powdered dried chiles). If the Chili has meat it could be beef, pork, chicken, or turkey, but Chili can be a vegetarian dish. There are Chili recipes with or without beans, but if you use beans, many types will work, including red beans, black beans, white beans, pinto beans, and more. Besides chiles, meat and possibly beans, most Chili recipes include tomatoes and onions.

I've made a lot of Chili, but I'm not sure I've ever made a bowl of Chili that really knocked my socks off the way this one did. It wasn't just the black beans, cilantro, and lime juice, although those are my favorite flavors for this type of dish. What really put this Chili into over-the-top status was the creamy avocado-cilantro-onion salsa, something I can imagine myself adding to all my Chili creations from now on.  I found the recipe in Fine Cooking Annual 2008, which I discovered when Elke from Elkit in Wonderland chose it as a Menu for Hope prize in December.  This book is another great collection of recipes from the people at Fine Cooking Magazine.

Start by rinsing the two cans of black beans and letting them drain.  (These photos are from a double batch of chili I made for my family Superbowl party, so divide by two in your mind.)

Puree the third can of black beans with the tomatoes in a food processor or blender.

Brown the ground beef, then remove and add to a heavy soup pot (or put in a bowl if you want to just use one pan.)

This recipe uses a generous amount of red onion, but some if for the salsa.

Heat the oil and saute half the onion until it's starting to soften; then add the chile powders and cumin and saute until the spices are fragrant.

By now I realized that the double batch of chili was not going to fit in the pan I was using so I transferred the meat and onion to this bigger pot, added the beef stock and drained beans, and let the chili start to simmer.  (Remember, this is a double batch!)

Dice the avocados and toss it with 1/4 cup lime juice.
Then stir in the rest of the chopped onion.

Add half the chopped cilantro.  You can keep the salsa in the fridge if you don't think your chili is done yet.

This chili will cook in about 30 minutes, but I like to simmer it on very, very low heat for a couple of hours.  It will thicken a bit and cook down slightly.  Stir in the lime juice and chopped cilantro when the chili is as thick as you'd like it and serve hot, with a generous scoop of salsa on top.


And this is the original photo for this recipe from back in 2008, actually not too bad for back then!


Black Bean and Beef Chili with Cilantro, Lime, and Avocado Salsa
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe adapted slightly from Fine Cooking Annual 2008.)

Ingredients:
3 cans black beans
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes (I like Muir Glen organic tomatoes)
1 diced Chipotle chili pepper (from a jar of Chipotles in Adobo Sauce - or substitute a pinch of ground Chipotle chile powder)
1-2 T olive oil
1 lb. very lean ground beef (less than 10% fat)
1 large red onion, very finely diced
1 T or more regular chile powder (I used Penzeys, other brands may say New Mexico chile powder or Mexican chile powder)
1 T or more ground Ancho chile pepper (also Penzeys, Ancho chile powder adds great flavor, but can use more regular chile powder)
pinch ground Chipotle chile peppers (also from Penzeys, Chipotles are smoked jalapenos, and the ground chipotle is very hot so use sparingly)
2 tsp. ground cumin or more
2 cups homemade beef stock or 1 can beef broth
1-2 T tomato paste (I used Amore Tomato Paste which comes in a tube, a product I received to sample that I'm really loving)
1/4 cup + 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, finely diced
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (I didn't use any salt)

Instructions:
Drain 2 cans black beans into colander and rinse well, until no more foam appears. Let beans drain while you use a food processor to puree the third can of undrained beans, diced tomatoes and liquid, and the diced Chipotle chile pepper. Process the beans and tomatoes about 2 minutes, until they are fairly smooth.

In bottom of heavy soup pot, heat 1-2 tsp. olive oil and brown beef, using the back of the turner to break it into small pieces. Remove beef to bowl, then add a bit more olive oil and half the onions (about 1 cup.) Lower heat a little and cook onions until they are softened but not starting to brown. Add all the chile powders and cumin and saute about 30 seconds.

Add beef stock, browned ground beef, pureed bean mixture, drained beans from colander and tomato paste and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or longer. (I actually simmered my Chili at very low heat for nearly two hours. Halfway through the cooking time, taste to see if you want additional chile powder. I think chile powder is something you need quite a bit of in a dish like this.)

While Chili simmers, dice avocado and place in plastic bowl with 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. (I used Elise's method to chop the avocado inside the skin, which was easy and not messy.) Rinse and finely chop the cilantro. Mix rest of the chopped onion (about 1 cup) and half the chopped cilantro (about 3/4 cup) into the avocado-lime juice mixture. (This can be kept in the refrigerator while the Chili cooks, but be sure to mix the lime juice with the avocado as soon as you cut it to keep the avocado from turning brown.)

Just before serving Chili, stir in the other 3/4 cup chopped cilantro and 1/4 cup lime juice and cook about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and black pepper if desired. Serve Chili hot, with a generous scoop of avocado salsa on top of each serving.

To adapt this recipe for Crockpot:
Reduce the beef stock to 1 or 1 1/2 cups (depending on how thick you want the chili. Use an extra tsp. of regular and ancho chile powder. (I wouldn't increase the chipotle chile powder; you can add hot sauce at the table if you want more heat.) Cook 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low (depending on how hot your Crockpot cooks.) Turn to low when you add the lime juice and cilantro.



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South Beach Suggestions:
Made with low-fat ground beef, this Chili would be a great main dish for any phase of the South Beach Diet.  Dried beans are a limited food for Phase One, but in a dish like this with ground beef, tomatoes, and beef broth you can have a larger serving size than dishes that contain only beans.

Superbowl Chili from the Past:
Two years ago I made Not Just for the Superbowl Chili and took it to a party at my brother Mark's house for the traditional Denny Family Superbowl Party. (It's a photo from my old camera, so the picture isn't the greatest, but that's a delicious Chili recipe too with beef, sausage, olives, mushrooms, and two kinds of beans.)

More Variations of Chili:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients.)
Turkey and White Bean Chili with Chocolate
Winter is Coming, Get Your Chili Recipes Ready from BlogHer (with many recipe links)
Collection of Chili Recipes (from Simply Recipes and other blogs)
Chili Cook-Off Roundup from Running with Tweezers (many recipe links)
Vegetarian White Chili from Mac & Cheese
Texas Red from Cooking by the Seat of My Pants
Three Bean Vegetarian Chili from Pinch My Salt
Chocolate Chili from Kitchen Paradecounter customizable free hit

98 comments:

Lydia said...

Any chili with black beans, lime and avocado sounds great to me. I know that purists believe that beans in chili is heresy, but I'm not one of those people -- I love beans and meat together!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kalyn,
I really like your blog and am a loyal reader, but the new pop up survey is beyond obnoxious and it is too much to expect of your readers to deal with a popup that follows your mouse until they are forced to shut it down. What are you thinking?

Simona said...

This looks really fabulous. I have never made chili and I guess it is time I did. Love the photos too. Sending you good thoughts to make the snow stop.

Kalyn said...

Dear Anonymous,
When Boca introduced the idea of this survey, BlogHerAds asked ad publishers if they would consider running the ad, knowing that occasionally the survey would pop up. I hesitated, because I also hate things that pop up on the computer, but I decided I would try it, partly because I like the products of this company a lot. In more than two weeks, you're the first person who has mentioned it. I've also noticed that I've rarely seen the survey, so I don't think it's popping up that often. I'm sorry you were annoyed by it. I decided to publish your comment (even though I rarely publish anonymous comments) to see if other readers would also say they found it annoying. I certainly will use any feedback I get in deciding whether to accept an ad of this type in the future.

RecipeGirl said...

I haven't noticed the pop up yet, but I do tend to despise that sort of thing.

The chili looks wonderful! I love the addition of avocado on top too :)

Lori
http://TheRecipeGirl.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

Sounds really good! My sister and brother-in-law are coming over for the Superbowl and they've requested I make some chili. In fact, my brother-in-law specifically requested that I use meat (and lots of it) this time!

George said...

Wow, that looks delicious. I'm going to go cook it now :P

Peter M said...

Kalyn...TOUCH-DOWN! I just bought some more chilli powder, perhaps another chili is due.

Katie Jean said...

I make almost the same chili with all the same spices and it's fantastic. I've never added the lime juice. I'm going to have to try that!

Phalyn said...

What pop up is he complaining about? I have not seen it...maybe it is with his net provider. And I am on here at least once a day for kicks and giggles.

The chili looks amazing. I am making it in the morning...let the flavors marry.

Natalie said...

Thanks Kalyn! I am trying to improve my chili recipe right now and this has given me some great ideas..and just in time for Sunday like you said. I always have to serve extra cilantro for my husband to throw in as well!

Kevin said...

I have enjoyed several different types of chili so far this winter. I like the idea of the cilantro, lime, and avocado salsa garnish.

Kalyn said...

I just ate a big bowl of this, and it was just as good as when I made it this weekend. (Only now I am out of the avocado salsa, waaah.)

Phalyn, I'm not sure it's a man who wrote the anonymous comment, but to be fair, there is a pop-up survey associated with the Boca ad that's on my site sometimes. I've only seen it maybe 3 times in the past few weeks, and I thought it was easy enough to just close the ad, but obviously this reader was annoyed by it and I'm sorry for that. I'm happy to hear you haven't seen it and no one else has mentioned it to me either.

Jasmine said...

You had me at the first photo...

j

sher said...

Oh yum! I was just thinking about making chili for Super Sunday. This looks great. Oh, and I haven't noticed the popup either.

A. Grace said...

three foods i can't live without:
black beans, avocado, and cilantro

throw them all together, and i'm in heaven--awesome recipe!!

Angie Pangie said...

This chili looks fatanstic. Add me to the list of folks who love "beany" chili. I've got chili on my menu for this week and I might have to give your version a try. The avacado looks amazing on top!

Oh, and no problems with the popup either. I didn't even see it?

Flanboyant Eats said...

Kalyn, you did it! Beans, aguacate, chile, and all good things! You go! This is the perfect salsa for this weekend! I love it!

Sagari said...

wowwwwwww thats looks soooooo yummyyyyyy, creamy avacado withh spicy chilli yummmmm

nudad98 said...

Hi Kaylyn,

Just started South Beach about two weeks ago and discovered your blog. I love it and have been visiting daily for new recipes and cooking tips. The dishes I have tried so far have been delicious and your recipes are very detailed and easy to follow. I have a quick question, in this chili and the taco soup recipe, I didn't see where you mention if you simmer the pot covered or not. Which is preferable?

One other thing, I have had the pop-up ad moving around my screen about four or five times in the last few days. It is annoying but I just click it off so I can get back to enjoying you blog.

Thanks for all your hard work!

Kalyn said...

nudad98, thanks for the feedback about the pop-up. I'm glad you weren't too bugged by it!

For this recipe I didn't cover the pot. but either way would work. If you wanted a thinner Chili, keep it covered. If you uncover it, a bit more of the liquid will evaporate. I was keeping the heat really low so it didn't cook down too much, but truthfully, there is no way to mess up this recipe!

Katy said...

that avocado salsa looks just awesome!

katiez said...

I love chili! All kinds! And we are starting to see some avocados again in the markets (I haven't a clue what the actual season is)
Anyway, football or not, this look yummy!

Lynne said...

Hi Kalyn,
I'm a new reader. Just found your blog via "Pinch my Salt." I am planning to make this chili this weekend—sounds delish—but you didn't state what size can of diced tomatoes you used?

I've been a South Beach Fan for years and it's great to find your blog filled with new recipes for me to try. Thanks for having such a great site!

PS: I haven't seen the pop up yet and I've been back about ten times since yesterday.

Kalyn said...

Lynne, I'm glad you haven't seen it. Thanks for the feedback.

I used a regular 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes, but if you like more tomato flavor, you could use a bigger can too and I think it would still be good.

Annemarie said...

I'd love a chili that knocked my socks off, but I'm sadly (and bizzarely) allergic to avocado. I'll just have to admire this one from a distance...

Kalyn said...

I just edited the post to clarify that I used a 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes and simmered the Chili uncovered. Thanks to sharp-eyed readers nudad98 and lynne for the questions.

Cate said...

Sounds delicious and perfect for this weather we're having with terrible winds. As much as I love winter (and chili!), I can't wait for spring!

White On Rice Couple said...

I'm out of black beans right now, but do have red beans. I'm making this tomorrow and I'm sure it'll be an acceptable substitute. Thanks Kalyn!

BTW- have not noticed any pop up on my end, yet.

Cynthia said...

Kalyn, if anyone ever scoffs at healthy food being unattractive and tasteless, I'd love to shove them to your blog :) Honestly, I am always in awe of your food. I have so many of your recipes that now I have a Kalyn folder :)

Hillary said...

This sounds fantastic and it's just in time for the Super Bowl!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I've used that avocado cutting technique for so long I no longer remember where I found it. It is like magic to somebody who hasn't seen it.
I haven't made chili yet this year. I think maybe I need some when we get back to Dallas. This looks so good especially with that salsa.

Deborah Dowd said...

Every time I think I have heard every take on chili, along comes a dleicious sounding and looking recipe like this. Maybe I will make this for game day.

mauinokaoi said...

Thank you for posting this chili recipe. Made it today and it was delicious. We love beans so we might add more next time. Served it with cornbread and homemade mango jam. A keeper for sure....delish!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. Made it today and it is delish! A keeper for sure....

Kalyn said...

Mauinakoai and Anonymous, thanks for letting me know you liked it. That's just what I thought when I took my first bite of this chili with the salsa.

Debbie said...

Hey Kalyn: I'm surprised to read that you haven't seen the idea of putting avocado salsa on top of chili before, because there is a recipe for exactly that in The South Beach Diet Cookbook -- it's called Vegetarian Chili with Avocada Salsa. I made it a few weeks ago and it was awesome. Like you, I feel like I can never have chili any other way again.

Kalyn said...

Debbie, that's funny. I have that book but haven't looked at it for a long time. Guess I should take another look at it.

Lynne said...

I made this yesterday and it was beyond delicious! Just the right amount of hot and spice. It's going in my recipe book for sure! YUM. Thank you for sharing it. I can't wait to have it leftover.

I did end up using a 28 oz can of tomatoes and it was perfect, but we like a lot of tomatoes in our chili. I let it simmer for about 2 hours and the consistency was perfect.

Lisa said...

Hi Kalyn,
I am so thrilled to have found your blog! I have attempted the South Beach diet several times and failed due to lack of creative dishes to eat. but thanks to your blog, you post many creative dishes that I would not have thought would be in the phase one of the diet. I don't have the time to be creative with my diet anymore due to little ones running around, so this is definitely a blessing. maybe now I will be able to stay with the diet for a much longer period...
no pop up on my end!

Joanne said...

My husband and I tried this dish tonight- WE LOVED IT! The chili was good as is but the avocado salsa stepped it up with a creamy compliment to the spicy thick chili (we added some pepper flakes). We cooked it without the lid and for about 2 hours. Thank you for helping us stay on track and enjoy such a great dish! Ps. I think I will take this dish to a 4th of July party!

Kalyn said...

Joanne, so glad to hear you liked it. I loved this salsa on the chili too!

Red said...

I really don't like my food hot can i leave off some of those peppers?

Kalyn said...

Red if you don't want much spice in the chile, I'd use just plain chile powder and leave out the other types. You could use a bit less too if you wanted, although plain chile powder is usually not that spicy.

Tom & Amber said...

Tried this tonight and it is DELICIOUS! We are sold on the salsa topping with the lime, and we already love cilantro, so this is perfect. We've been South Beaching for 6 weeks now, and we didn't miss the cornbread with the chili at all (although I promised we would have cornbread the first time the temps dip below freezing, which could be a while in Texas!) I didn't have some of those spices and didn't see it at my grocery store, so I got a pack of McCormicks hot chili seasoning instead. All it takes to keep us excited about this diet is a quick visit here to find a new recipe to try. Really, thank you so much!

Kalyn said...

Tom and Amber, so glad you liked it, and thanks for the nice feedback!

Cecil said...

I am new to South Beach and have found your blog to be so helpful! I love cooking and can't believe how many great recipes you have to make the diet varied. This was the first I have tried as I'm only on day 3, but my husband and I loved it, especially with the lime. I can see myself being a regular visitor, thanks.

Kalyn said...

Cecil, thanks for letting me know you're enjoying the blog, and good luck on South Beach!

Amy M. said...

Kalyn, I have been following your blog for a few months now - and I love it! So does my husband. After making this chili, he has been asking for it every day since! He suggested I start a separate recipe book full of your recipes. Thanks so much for all your fantastic recipes and photos!

Kalyn said...

Amy, thank you! I'm so happy to hear you are enjoying the blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi Kalyn! Thanks for all the great recipes and cooking ideas. I made this chili a couple of weeks ago and it was a hit with my husband (me too!) and he has requested it for his Super Bowl bash this weekend. I used the canned chipotles, which gave the chili an amazing depth of flavor. They seemed a little small so I used 4, and the chili was hot, but not overpowering, just delicious if you like spicy food. My question--how do you store the remainder of the canned chipotles and how long can you keep them? And, any other ideas for using them up? The flavor makes me think they would make a good foil for steak or any grilled meat. Alas, grilling season is far away here in Chicagoland. I'm going to try adding them to meatloaf and things that could use a bit of smokey heat.

Thanks!

Kalyn said...

Anonymous, I have some little refrigerator containers with snap-on lids and I just put some of the chipotle chiles in there and store in freezer. They seem to last forever. I think you can use them anywhere that a smoky chili flavor is good.

Roberta in Maumee, Ohio said...

This recipe looked so good that I doubled the recipe, even before I had tested the "single" recipe! I used salt free tomatoes and salt free tomato paste, and low-salt organic black beans. I didn't have any Penzey's Ancho Chili, so I just used a little extra of their regular chili. The salsa is lovely on top of the chili! I froze about 60% of the recipe and will serve it to friends on Friday night, when they're here to plan for a retreat. I think it'll be very much enjoyed!

I, too, put the remainder of the little can of chipotles in adobo sauce in a small plastic container. I cut the label off the can, and, as I close the lid on the container, I "catch" the label between the lid and the container--that way, I know what's inside!

Kalyn--I love your recipes! Thanks for blogging--and have fun with your renovating!

Kalyn said...

What a brilliant idea to use the can label to label your chipotles in the freezer! So glad you are enjoying the blog; thanks for taking time to let me know.

Eden said...

Wow. I just made this today and it was just as yummy as I expected. I cut the spices somewhat because I don't like things really hot but other than that, yummy recipe. I think the avocado salsa really finished it off beautifully. Thank you!

Kalyn said...

Eden glad you liked it. I don't think I've had a bad recipe yet from Fine Cooking.

Jean said...

It is getting to be chile weather and this is absolutely our favorite. This morning, our 14 year son requested this for dinner on his way out the door for school. Generally, I make it with a combination of lean ground beef and lean turkey. This also freezes well and makes for great after school snacks on cold winter days or quick middle of the week dinners.

Love you blog!!!

Kalyn said...

Jean, thanks so much for the nice feedback. This is one of my favorites too; in fact I'm making it on Nov. 14 for a big family party!

Christine said...

An excellent recipe. I love making chili, but some of the things you've put into this I would have never thought to use. I've always used the classic beans, ground beef and a few veggies (pathetic I know).

My husband may actually eat this, but he'd of course think I bought it pre-made... yes I am a bad cook but I'm learning!

Thanks for another great recipe Kalyn.

Christine

Kalyn said...

Christine, I think it would be great if your husband thought you bought it and then you told him you made it!

HeidiB said...

I'm on my second week of phase 1, and a friend (my inspiration)who just finished phase 1 recommended your website and specifically this recipe. I made it last night, and all I can say is wow wow wow! It was so delicious, my husband and I thought we were eating at a restaurant. The avocado we got was a little firm, but that worked perfectly for the salsa.
Great website, great recipes, thanks!

Angie said...

I just finished making this chili. It is so good! I'm so glad I found your site! :D

Kalyn said...

Heidi and Angie, so glad you like it. This is one of my favorites to make for parties.

mosaicmama said...

i'm so glad i found your blog. i'm new to sb but have had success since starting one week ago. your website really helped me see how doable this lifestyle is for me. i made this chili tonight, added green pepper and omitted the meat (one son is a vegetarian) and everyone LOVED it. this will be a regular on our menu. thank you!

Kalyn said...

Glad the vegetarian version was a hit for you!

Jennifer said...

Kalyn - I have been checking your blog and using recipes for probably about 2 years now, and i am so glad i found it since my husband and i try to eat the SB way. your blog has saved us so many times and made it possible to stay on track. :) this chili recipe is amazing !!! i love the coolness of the avocado against the heat of the chili. genius :) thank you for another great and delicious recipe!!

Kalyn said...

Jennifer, thanks for letting me know you've been enjoying the blog. And I am making this very recipe tomorrow for my dad's birthday lunch! It's one of his favorites.

Ritters said...

Made this on Monday. I really liked it! Thanks for all you do.

Kalyn said...

Ritters, so glad you liked it!

Lynn said...

This was FANTASTIC! I don't know how I ever ate chili without avocado salsa on top...

Kalyn said...

Thanks Lynn, definitely one of my favorites too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kalyn - do you what the serving size is?

Thanks! Jenny

Kalyn said...

South Beach does not limit servings except for certain foods. Beans are a limited food for phase one, with the suggested serving size being 1/3-1/2 cup. Since this chili has other ingredients besides beans, I'd say a serving for phase one could be a little over a cup and for other phases, you could eat more.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! It was mentioned in the blog that it makes about 6 servings and I was curious as to what makes up one serving.

Jenny

Keystone said...

Kalyn, I've been a reader of your blog for over a year now and love to try out your recipes even when I'm not necessarily "on the beach," though I am now! But I tried this chili yesterday and I have to say that it is absolutely amazing. Definitely my new go-to recipe for chili from now on, and I've tried a ton!

I also made your goat cheese, spinach, and leek egg casserole yesterday (cooking spree for the week), and my boyfriend definitely thanks you as well, as it was just as amazing! Loved them both a ton and stoked to have healthy and tasty food prepped for the week.

Thank you so much for all your amazing recipes!

Kalyn said...

Keystone, so glad to hear you are enjoying the recipes, thanks!

Chili Dude said...

Great idea for the cilantro, lime, and avocado salsa garnish! I am going to make this chili tonight for the kids. Thanks for this chili recipe.

Kalyn said...

Chili dude, hope you enjoy it.

Wazzup said...

Funny to end up at this place AGAIN when googling with my cravings :)

Didn't make the salsa, but I was sorta capable of making the chili with was at hand. Really liked the lemon juice at the end. Also the blended beans and chili's made the stew exceptional.

http://i56.tinypic.com/r86y5k.jpg

Kalyn said...

Wazzup, glad you liked it! Fun seeing your version.

Cee Jay Kay said...

Don't have all the ingredients for this, but I'm going to give it a try with what I've got. I just wish my avocado hadn't gone bad. That seems like an awesome idea.

Cookin' Canuck said...

I can tell by the color of this chili that it is rich in flavor. This is definitely one to try!

CJ said...

This chili recipe sounds soooo good! Love the avocado salsa garnish to finish. I'm afraid I might eat it all at one sitting. *L*

Anna (Morsels and Musings) said...

THIS is what I want for my dinner

Kalyn said...

Thanks Dara, definitely one of my favorite chilis.

CJ, the salsa is kind of hard to resist.

Anna, wish I had some too!

comfortcookingislandtime said...

This looks wonderful. I am wondering if some fried tortilla strips, or just crushed tortilla chips on top would add a great crunch!

Kalyn said...

I would probably skip the tortillas strips, as they would make the chili less South Beach Diet friendly. But you could definitely add some if you wanted!

Audrey said...

Hi Kalyn - I made this last night and it was soooo good! The avacado salsa absolutely made the meal and my husband loved it!

Kalyn said...

Audrey, so glad you both enjoyed it!

Donna said...

Here you go again - making a combination that I never thought of, but now will have to make every single time ` avocados and chili. Genius!

Kalyn said...

Donna, I'm telling you the avocado salsa on chili really is pretty life-changing!

Melissa said...

This recipe looks great, but I need a variation on the avocado salsa that doesn't include cilantro. My husband is one of those people who find cilantro bitter and soapy-tasting, so usually I just leave it out, but I'm afraid the salsa would lose a lot of the flavor. Any ideas?

Kalyn said...

I would leave it out. I don't think there is anything that really replaces cilantro.

Jen said...

I don't have beef broth on hand and am curious if you or any of your readers have tried this recipe with vegetable broth? What about a mix of beans? Thanks Kalyn for all of the awesome SB recipes!

Kalyn Denny said...

Jen, I think veg broth would be fine.

sushi.latte said...

Thanks for posting this recipe. I can't wait to make it on the 15th.
I remember a chili recipe in my SBD cookbook that had avocado, but I forgot all about it until now. MMmm... can't wait to wow some people with this at a pot luck.

Nicole Reis said...

I've made this countless times over the past 4 years, even now that I'm no longer on the SBD (but should be again!). Thanks for a great recipe!

Emily Hammann said...

I Can not tell you HOW much my family LOVED this!! Just made it today and it was a hit! I never would have thought to add lime juice to chili, nor put a salsa on top... but it is OH so Yummy!! Thank you!!

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