I really like beans. This is one way for me to power through the copious amounts I receive through the beloved Bean of the Month Club. (It took me many months, but I finally got in!)

Cooked beans two days in a row in order to deliver this masterpiece

— e. hashman (@ehashdn) March 3, 2020

Beef Chili

Serves 5-7. Active time: 20m. Total time: 90m.



  1. Heat a dutch oven on high.
  2. Small or medium dice (depending on your preference) the celery, pepper, and onion. You should have about four cups total.
  3. Brown the beef in the dutch oven, using a little bit of cooking oil to avoid sticking if desired.
  4. While the meat is browning, mince the garlic, measure the spices, and combine these all together.
  5. Once the meat is brown, add the diced vegetables and cook until tender and the onion is translucent.
  6. Add the spices and garlic, thoroughly combine, and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  7. Add the tomatoes. Once the mixture comes to a boil, cover and simmer for about an hour, stirring every ~20 minutes or so.
  8. Add the beans and use bean broth or water to adjust consistency.
  9. This is a good time to taste and add salt. I usually use 1 to 1½ teaspoons.
  10. Bring to a boil again, cover and simmer for 10-15 more minutes.
  11. Turn off the heat, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add a squeeze of lime if it needs a little acidity.
  12. Serve with sour cream, grated cheese, sliced green onions, or any of your other favourite garnishes.
  13. Enjoy!

before and after

— e. hashman (@ehashdn) March 3, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why wait until basically the end to add salt?
A: Because canned ingredients will contain salt, and it's hard to predict how much, so you should always salt to taste. Waiting until the end will always ensure you season accurately.

Q: Why are so many of these directions so hand-wavey?
A: Cooking is an adventure. Experiment a little!

Q: But I have no idea what "to taste" means.
A: Taste it, add the thing, stir, taste it again. Is it salty enough? Sour enough? Sweet enough? You don't know, you say? Keep going. Add a little too much and then you'll find out for next time. 😁

Q: Why do you add so many beans and so little meat?
A: I really like beans.