This great recipe is a great change up from traditional chili recipes that we more commonly make. I love the combinations of meats in it. It is also one of the few recipes where I actually put all the called for meat in. This is a splurge, when I am usually trying to be frugal, but so worth it. It’s easy to make. It can cook all day in the crock pot or be done in a couple of hours on the stove top. I found the original recipe some time ago searching for Brazilian black beans. However, I have long lost the link and the real recipe. But here is how I make it.
1 lb. ground sausage
1 lb. beef petite sirloin steak, cut into bite size pieces
1/2 to 1 lb. smoked link sausage or Kielbasa cut into bite size pieces
½ lb. cut up ham or ham steak
Salt and pepper to taste
1-1/2 lbs. dried black turtle beans
1 lg. bell pepper, diced
2 lg. onions, diced
6 cloves of garlic, diced
3/4 c. celery, diced
1/4 c. fresh parsley, minced, or 2 tbsp. dried
2 tbsp. oregano
2 tbsp. basil
2 or 3 bay leaves
Pinch of ground clove
2 tsp. beef bouillon, or more to taste
Soak your beans the night before or follow the quick soak method on the package. Do not discard the soak water. Cook all of your meats in the order listed in a large pot. Add onions, celery, peppers, and garlic. Saute a couple of minutes. Stir in all the remaining ingredients, including beans and soak water. If planning to cook in a crock pot, transfer to crock pot dish or leave in large pot. Add enough water to cover the top of the ingredients. If cooking in large pot bring to a low boil, turn down temperature and cook for 2 hours or until beans are tender and soft. If cooking in a crock pot, cook on low for 8-12 hours. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
In a hurry? Use 4-5 cans of black beans in place of the dried beans and cook everything for 30 minutes.