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Do you hear me UPS? Oh and Beef and Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro

For almost a week now, I have been trying to track a package that I ordered weeks ago (water filters if you must know). When it didn’t come a few days after Amazon said it would, I contacted the seller. She told me I had received it, that’s what UPS had told her (not surprising considering my history with them) and since she didn’t provide a tracking number, it made tracking quite difficult for me. I was forced to open a claim with Amazon. I also tried to get info from UPS but nothing going since I didn’t have a tracking number.

By the way, would it kill you UPS to have a considerate, non-patronizing rep answer the phone and talk with customers? Oh it would, ok, carry on, burn those customer bridges. I am a person that doesn’t like confrontation unless it’s absolutely necessary. I try to be courteous, friendly and understanding but when someone talks to me like I am 3, I tend to fire away and tell that person “what’s up.” Anyway…

The seller contacted me the other night and said she was having problems with UPS and they re-routed my package (that sounds dirty) but I found out yesterday that they re-routed it to her. (WTF mate?) She was kind and said she was sending me a second one for free with the one I had paid for weeks ago. I dropped the claim that night and contacted Amazon to make sure it had stopped since it was hurting her business. I received an email from Amazon this morning asking if they could charge me for the item…no, I already paid so I wrote to them again and am awaiting a response. All I wanted was better water (sobbing and gulping in the air), my hair is a mess but then again, it’s naturally curly so that’s the way it goes.

These things happen all the time to us. UPS (and USPS) around here are nothing but headaches for…I’m a supporter of the handlers that do a great job but let me tell you a tidbit about what has happened in the last 2 apartments (again only problems in Minnesota). On more than 3 accounts, the person delivering didn’t leave the notes that stated they had tried to deliver and other times, they left the package (that was to be signed) in the hallway where 50 residents could see and do with it whatever they wanted. Sometimes, they would take the package to the rental office and no one in the office or from UPS or USPS would tell me that they had done so and I would have no idea where it was for quite some time. (This included my wedding dress.)

In this new apartment, the bright door with a big/bold address, I guess, is hard to find and many times I see the truck pull up and come this way but leave still grasping the parcel. I could be wrong but don’t the same few delivery trucks/drivers come to specific towns so wouldn’t it be worthwhile for those persons to figure out where this address is for future reference?

Other times, the person leaves the package out on the street for all to see and if you don’t happen to walk along the sidewalk soon after, it can be taken. They never bring the package the one flight up to my apartment door. (My dad would say but there are 23 steps…) The mailperson has left our bank checks outside our door. I don’t get it; I thought there was some kind of responsibility carriers have with mail/packages.

Although, sometimes it goes in our favor; for instance, a package was delivered for a family that hadn’t lived in the last apartment for years (don’t ask me how) and I happened to find one of the persons on facebook. She thought I was a weirdo but told me to open the package and it was a box of expensive sugar-coated nuts from someone that was her dad’s friend. I was willing to do what was needed to get those nuts to them but the postal service was not going to take them back and deliver without me paying (even though it was their bad). I contacted the father and asked if he wanted us to meet him somewhere but he said he now lives two hours away and was so touched that he wanted us to keep them. If you happen upon this sir, thank you!

Now for the pièce de résistance: the chili (not one of my recipes but another one to add to my collection due to its level of ease, tastiness and it being classic fall food). I love fall and you can read a little more about that here. (I know, you are probably saying “you’ve said enough.”)

I came across this on Kalyn’s Kitchen which has low glycemic and low carb recipes, a very helpful site. Originally it was for the crockpot but I wanted it to be a bit faster so I did the stovetop version she provided. I only changed a few things- like the type and amount of beans, used less onion, more stock and chopped a few chipotles in adobo instead of using Ancho powder. After cooking the onion and beef, it simmered for an hour and was ready to go. I added a little sour cream, more cilantro and cheese to top it off.

Beef and Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro
Beef and Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro

Beef and Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro
Serves 6

1 large onion, chopped finely
2 tsp olive oil (or canola oil)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 ½ quarts of beef broth
2 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 15 oz. cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes (juice and all)
2 tbsp coriander
2 tbsp chili powder
1-2 chopped chipotles in adobo (depending on the amount of heat you’d like)
1 tbsp cumin
¼ cup lime juice
½ cup or more of chopped cilantro
your choice of shredded cheese (topping)
sour cream (topping)
more cilantro (topping)
any other toppings you like on your chili (avocado, pico de gallo, peppers, lime slice etc.)

Heat a large pot with oil over medium heat and then add onion and salt/pepper. Cook until softened and then add ground beef, cook until well browned. Put heat to low and add broth, both beans, tomatoes, coriander, chili powder, cumin, chipotles in adobo and tomatoes. Simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, then add lime juice and chopped cilantro. Simmer 15 more minutes and serve. Top with sour cream, cheese, and more cilantro or whatever you desire on your chili.

6 thoughts on “Do you hear me UPS? Oh and Beef and Bean Chili with Lime and Cilantro

  1. I continually receive other people’s packages and/or have my packages delivered to other addresses. When I call them to tell them to come pick up their shit they tell me to hang on to it and a driver will be out eventually to get it.

    I always reply, “This is your mistake you come and fix it now. I am going to leave it outside and thus I have no control over what happens to it. You’re liable, I suggest that you ensure it gets picked up soon.”

    It’s a wonder how anything makes it to its destination.

    1. Exactly, they’ve even been so forward as to make me bring it to them! I did this once and when I got there, the desk worker asked why I didn’t call for them to pick it up and when I responded that I had, I got attitude.

  2. This recipe sounds very yummy! I always put corn in my chili, and I think it would be good with the cilantro. Kinda like Chipotle corn salsa!

    1. I forgot about corn, that would be a nice flavor to add. I love when it’s grilled and placed in soups and salsas. Good call!

  3. Oh that chili looks great! As for UPS, I’m way across the country from you and they couldn’t su*k enough. I get packages every other Thursday. They are always damaged, look like the threw them from a few blocks away onto the porch! Last week they delivered a package belonging to some else (maybe it was yours) and came back like 7pm to pick it up. Hey maybe you should feed the UPS guy some chili. It looks so delicious, he’ll surely remember you!

    1. You’re right, I think I am going about this all wrong. I need to feed whoever it is so they won’t forget where and who I am. If you try, let me know.

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