Recipes from Home: Grandma's Mixed Bean Chili

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Joseph Carratura, regional executive chef for Flik Independent School Dining, Gilman School, Baltimore, says: This recipe is one my grandmother would make a lot in the winter. She told me her mom made it for her. I used to love watching her make this because she always involved my cousins as well as myself in the process. She would let us taste it and she even put aprons on us like we were her kitchen helpers.


2 tbsp. olive oil
1 cup diced onions
1 tbsp. chopped garlic
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. chili powder
2 16-oz. cans diced tomatoes
1 lb. browned ground beef or turkey, drained
1 16-oz. can cannellini beans
1 16-oz. can kidney beans
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice


1. Heat olive oil in pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 

2. Add cumin and chili powder to toast spices, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Add browned beef or turkey and return to a simmer. Fold in beans and cook for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Finish with lime juice. 

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