1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
2 jalapenos, seeded, deveined, and chopped
1lb ground beef
1lb Italian sausage
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes
1 8oz can tomato paste
1 7oz can green chilies
1 cup water
1 cup beef broth
1 15.5oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups dried macaroni noodles
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the onion and peppers and cook for about 4 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the ground beef, sausage, and garlic, breaking up the meat and stirring until no longer pink. Drain off any excess fat.

Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings accordingly. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and green chilies. Stir until well mixed. Add the water, beans, pasta, and half the cheese.

Bring to a boil, stir, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through. Uncover, stir and let simmer, uncovered, until reduced to the desired consistency. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top, cover, and cook over low heat until the cheese melts. Garnish as desired.


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