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Braised Beef Chili & Jalapeño Cornbread

Struggle Meals - "Cauliflower's Star Power"

25
Prep Time
(minutes)
70
Cook Time
(minutes)
6
Servings

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CORNBREAD:
  • 1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 8 packets butter (1/2 stick unsalted butter), melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 packets (2 tablespoons) honey
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • FOR THE CHILI:
  • 2 cups pinto beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 pounds (about 4 cups) braised beef
  • 1/3 cup cheese

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
  2. In a small bowl, add the cornmeal, flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter, buttermilk, egg and honey until well mixed. Add the flour mixture and stir until the flour is just mixed in. Fold in the jalapeños. Pour into skillet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. For the beans: Drain beans and rinse them. Place in stock pot. Fill to cover with 1 inch of water, and add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and bring the beans to a very gentle simmer. Cook covered for 1 hour. Check for doneness by piercing with a fork. Drain and set aside until ready to use.
  5. For the chili: Place stock pot on medium-high heat. When hot, add oil and onions and saute 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, beans, water, ancho chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir until all combined. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook on low heat for 30 minutes, until liquid has slightly reduced. Stir in braised beef and cornmeal, simmer for another 5 minutes to thicken and heat beef. Ladle into bowls, top with cheese. Serve with a side of cornbread.