Whenever I hear “chili con carne” I immediately picture a can of probably Hormel chili or a bowl of ketchup sweetened kidney beans on offer at a country diner. Chili con carne originally meant Mexican spiced beans with meat, not ground but chopped. My mom made this all the time but we never called it chili con carne, just chili or chili beans with meat. To us, chili con carne meant that can. No one we knew ever admitted to eating that 😀
The market is fresh bean and pea rich; fava, coco, petit pois, canneberge, wax, Italian flat. I bought some fresh coco beans yesterday to make chili.
Chili Beans with Meat
1/2 cup lardons/diced bacon
2 onions, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 lb ground steak
1/2 lb ground pork
2 heaping tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
3 cans diced tomatoes
3-4 cups shelled fresh coco beans
2 1/2 cups water
Lightly brown the lardons, then add the onions and garlic, then saute until the onions are just tender. Add the steak and pork, then cook until the meats are no longer pink. Add the chili powder, cumin and oregano, then cook for about 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, beans and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.