Monday, June 4

Easy Chili Recipe: So Many Ways

Chili is one of our main dinner staples that I make at least twice a month.  I love it because it usually requires just one pot, you can just dump all the ingredients together, and it’s hard to get it wrong!  My main ingredients for chili include:
  • Organic ground beef or turkey (obviously omit for vegetarian chili)
  • Two 15 oz. cans of low or no sodium tomatoes
  • Two or three cans of beans – any kind
  • Onion and peppers (if I have them) could be frozen or fresh
  • Frozen corn
  • Other veggies I have on hand:  Zucchini is one of my favorites.  I’ve also been known to throw in whatever veggies I have in the freezer (carrots, green beans, mushrooms, etc!)
  • Seasonings:  Cumin (*key ingredient!), chili powder, thyme, basil, salt and pepper
  • Hot pepper to taste (I omit this now or add directly to my bowl only since it’s not toddler-friendly)
The basic recipe is to throw all of the above into a pot, cook and serve!  However, below are some photos from the last time I made chili.  It comes out a little different every time, but always very tasty.  We eat it by itself, or sometimes put it over brown rice or even quinoa.  You could also pair it with potatoes of any kind - mashed white or sweet potatoes are tasty too.  I like to also add avocado (surprised!?) on top for a refreshing and creamy contrast.

Throw your organic ground beef or turkey into a pot with some olive oil to brown.

Once mostly browned, add your veggies.  For this batch I added frozen peppers and onions and corn. 

Let it cook and simmer for awhile.

 Then add your tomatoes and beans

Add your spices whenever.  I sometimes add them at the beginning when the meat is cooking, sometimes in the middle, and sometimes the end! Just let them simmer in the chili to make it really tasty.  I usually use about the following:
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tbsp thyme
  • 3/4 tbsp basil
  • bit of salt (depending on if your tomatoes and beans are pre-salted)
  • bit of pepper

Add avocado or any topping you'd like!  Eat and enjoy.

Easy, delicious and filling!!


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