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Two Bean Sage Chili w/Truffle Oil

(This post originally appeared on Friday Jan. 7th under the Dean & DeLuca Gourmet Blog section of this blog (in the right column)). It’s being featured in the main section as a trial. Thanks for checking it out!)

National Bean Day was Wednesday and I had every intention of sharing 3 of my favorite bean recipes. But, I got carried away with all the different varieties and brands out there, and couldn’t narrow down my options. Until late last night when the unexpected urge to have chili hit me. Maybe it was because the temperature dropped to 25 after being in the 60s. That kind of volatility will drive you to stay home and cook.

Where I come from, beans are a staple and major element to our diet. They’re a fantastic source of protein and fiber. Even the more fattening one are good for you. Because beans are complex carbohydrates, they offer an extremely amount of energy and quickly fill you up, allowing you to avoid a super splurge on sugar just an hour later. From my unofficial research and survey among friends,  black beans seem to be the  most popular and favored as they’ve made the cross-over to American cuisine. I’ve worked with black beans my entire life and have found them to be the best go-to bean for meatless dishes requiring something meaty, earthy and of substance. Pour well cooked and seasoned beans over white rice (Jasmine or plain long grain) and you’ve scored a serious comfort meal.

Second to black beans, I’d personally say that garbanzo or chickpeas are top on the list of frequently eaten beans. While chickpeas are actually a legume, they are often mistaken for beans and are used and referred to as such. They come in many varieties and are extremely versatile, much like the black bean.  It’s also very meaty and acts a great filler. We all love hummus, right? The white or  light yellow colored garbanzo is responsible for the dip so often served with pita chips.

Because beans are so inexpensive and accessible to everyone, they’re used in a lot of different cuisines and meals. From fast food restaurants offering bean burritos, to the most exquisite star rated restaurant making a delectable bean purée, beans are in more places than you could possibly think of.

Now that it’s winter, it’s not question for me to keep my pantry filled with at least 6 different kinds of beans. I have to have enough options in the event I get sick of one. Eating black beans 4 days a week is not my idea of really enjoying them, though I’m totally guilty of having done that. Hey, beans always taste better the 2nd and 3rd day. Always. But, when you can make food like chili, a quintessential American stew bean stew of sorts, as I did last night, you can have all the fun in the world and play with mixing and matching little pods.

I hadn’t made a really good and robust chili in a while so I decided to get fancy and add ingredients I’d not usually incorporated into my recipe. There’s bar chili and then there’s really good chili! I consider this one to fall in the latter category. A bit of sage, truffle oil, lean meat and a combination of the right beans and  you’ve got a bowl of chili good enough to package and market!

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  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup dry garbanzos
  • 1/2 cup dry kidney beans
  • 3-4 large fresh tomatoes, chunked
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup salt-free cup chicken broth
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 oz. tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 3 tbsp. black truffle oil
  • 6 sage leaves, minced
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. jalapeño, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pepper to taste


Wash and rinse beans. Add beans, salt and bay leaf to 4 quarts of water in pressure cooker. Turn pressure to highest setting according to manual’s instruction and turn heat to high. When pressure cooker begins to hiss, reduce heat to medium and allow beans to cook for 40 minutes. While means are cooking heat truffle oil in large non-stick or stainless steel skillet. Add meat and fork apart using wooden fork. Cook meat until brown, scraping up any extra browned pieces. Add tomatoes, red wine vinegar, cumin, oregano, sage, onions, garlic, and green pepper. Combine well and cover. Cook on medium-high heat until tomatoes being to cook down and become liquid. Turn off heat on bean and release all pressure from pressure cooker. Uncover pressure cooker and add meat and tomato mixture to beans. Add black pepper, chili powder, chicken broth and tomato paste. Mix well and cover pressure cooker with regulator on it. Cook on low-medium for another 15 minutes. Remove pressure cooker from heat and allow all pressure to be released.

Garnish with fresh sage leaves and serve with garlic roasted tortilla chips. Yields 6 bowls.

0 thoughts on “Two Bean Sage Chili w/Truffle Oil

  1. I love beans. And your right, it is a good substitute for meat. I do it all time. You mentioned 2 of my favorites black beans and chickpeas.

  2. Rosa: it’s definitely a great dish for this weather. i love it and would dare say i could eat it 3x a week… bad, i know, but it’s good and healthy. not too much fat in it at all.

    Carmen: debes hacerlo. queda rico con tortilla chips or pan tostadito!

    Dullah: Well you must eat more then… I need to put you on to Rancho Gordo beans… they’re delicious.

  3. I tried your yummy Sage Chilli today in prep for all this snow and Ice ATL will get. Thought it would be a good dish to try for the storm. It turned out increadible…although I don’t have a pressure cooker…..it’s on my bucket list for 2011…as a must! Fam loved it!! Very flavorful…I’m cooking Chilli this way for now on.

  4. Hmmm, after reading this post and considering the bone-chilling temp outside, I’m ready for some good potaje de garbanzos. On the other hand, gotta watch my middle section 😉 Oh, well, let’s see what the lady of the house decides.

  5. That looks wonderful! We rely on beans a lot in the winter too – economical, healthy and full of flavor. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my pot roast post – and for the add on your blogroll.

  6. This chili sounds amazing, love the addition of sage! My daughter recently discovered that she absolutely loves beans so I definitely need to make this for her.

  7. My family wants to try chili. I’ve talked so much about it that I just need to find the right beans to make it. Your recipe sounds so good!

  8. Hi Bren, nice to be acquainted.
    Wishing you a great 2011.
    Outstanding work. I am keeping your link to come back for more and more.
    Thanks for your visit ♥

  9. I agree…all those unusual beans out there and you don’t know which to try first! I’ve found the recipes first and then turned to Rancho Gordon to order when I can’t find them locally.
    The Dean and DeLuca recipe looks delicious. Wish we had one down here…but my daughter lives in NYC and sends me stuff when I ask. I LOVE walking through that store!

  10. Thanks for the inspiration! I had not made chili in a while…will do sometime this week!

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