Chili is one of those meals that I cook a lot. I’ll make a huge batch and freeze the extra. Sometimes I make it in the crock-pot and I’ll change things up every time I cook this depending on what’s in my fridge. You can change the types of beans you use. Some people use dried beans and soak them but I usually use canned beans. I just make sure to rinse them to get rid of the extra sodium. As well you can add all kinds of different vegetables depending on what you like. I’ve also used up salsa in this. It all tastes pretty good.
This recipe is pretty healthy. Beans have a lot of fiber and soluble fiber. One cup of cooked beans has between 9 and 13 grams of fiber. Soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol. They are also high in protein, complex carbohydrates, Folic acid and iron. Chili fills you up and is pretty satisfying. If you are looking for a vegetarian meal you can even leave out the ground beef.
You can garnish this anyway you like. I’ve seen avocado slices, grated cheese, cilantro, lime wedges or corn chips. All chili seems to get better the next day too.
- Lean Ground Beef - 1 lb
- Canned Whole Tomatoes (Low Sodium) - 2 796ml
- Bell Peppers - 3 chopped
- Onions - 1 chopped
- Canned Black Beans - 1 540ml - Drained and Rinsed
- Canned Red Kidney Beans - 1 540ml - Drained and Rinsed
- Celery Stalks - 3 chopped
- Garlic Cloves - 3 crushed
- Chili Powder - 3 tbsp
- Dried Whole Chili Peppers - 4 crushed
- Chili Flakes - 1 tbsp
- Italian Spice Blend - 1 tbsp
- Cilantro - sprigs
- Lime Wedges - 1 / bowl
- Brown the ground beef in a large dutch oven. I like when you get little brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pan.
- While the beef is cooking, I'll add about half the spices to the beef. This adds more flavour to the beef.
- Push the beef to one side of the pan and add the onions. This will help deglaze the pan. Use a spoon to scrap the bottom. Add the bell peppers, celery stalks and garlic. Cook until tender.
- Add the canned tomatoes, the beans and the rest of the spices. Cook until the veggies are tender over a low setting.
- Taste test and adjust the seasoning and spices. You might want to add some salt and pepper.
- Serve with garnishes.