Classic Beef Chili

2 tablespoonsolive oil
3 poundslean ground beef
1 largeonion, chopped
1 redbell pepper, chopped
6 clovesgarlic, minced
46 ouncesspicy tomato juice
2-1/2 cupscrushed tomatoes
15 ounce cankidney beans, drained and rinsed
15 ouncecan pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 teaspoonground cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoonbrown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoonsdried oregano
Salt and pepperto taste
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1/4 cupchili powder


In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook 2-3 minutes. Add red peppers and garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Add ground beef, and cook until meat is browned.

In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, add cooked meat, and all ingredients. Stir to combine. Taste broth, and adjust seasoning, adding additional salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, and chili powder to taste. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours. Taste, and adjust seasoning.

If desired, use a slow cooker, set on low, and cook for 8 to 10 hours.

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