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For Faster Chili, Blend Your . . . Beans?

Pureed beans make this chili taste like it’s cooked for hours. Minus the hours part. 

Published Sept. 29, 2023.

Simmering chili on the stove for countless hours develops that deep, meaty flavor we all love.

But sometimes we don’t have countless hours to cook and get chili on the table. 

We’ve got you covered. Our recipe for Easy Ground Beef Chili tastes as if it’s been cooking all day . . . in 45 minutes. 

The key is to blend your beans.

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Ok, not all your beans. We’re not making chili mush. 

Blend half your beans. Reserve the rest for later. 

Here’s how: Process half of your rinsed kidney beans with 1 can of whole peeled tomatoes in the food processor. Stir it into your chili-spiced ground beef with remaining beans and 2 cups of water. Let it simmer for 45 minutes. You just saved yourself a few hours.

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Science is at play here. The blended bean mixture jump-starts the thickening process that usually takes hours to achieve. It adds heft, creamy texture, and complex flavor that tastes like it’s been cooking all day.

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