Chili

I love chili. We go to a chili cook off every fall and I was super bummed since it did not happen this year so I made my own. This is a prize worthy recipe.

I don’t like a ton of beans in my chili and I prefer it on the thick side. Of course I like to add peppers to mine to kick up the veg factor. I also do not make mine that spicy as I get my heat factor from fresh sliced jalapeños as a topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion -diced
  • 1/2 of a green pepper- diced
  • 1/2 of a red pepper- diced
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt plus more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper* -optional
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • Add the olive oil to a large dutch oven and place it over medium-high heat for two minutes. Add the onion and peppers. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the ground beef to the pot. Break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the beef is browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the chili powder, cumin, sugar, tomato paste, garlic powder, salt, peppers, and optional cayenne. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (with their juice), drained beans, and tomato sauce. Stir well.
  • Bring the liquid to a low boil. Then, reduce the heat (low to medium-low) to gently simmer the chili, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Let the chili rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with shredded cheese, scallions, and fresh jalapeños slices.
Meat and pepper prior to adding liquid.
Serve with cornbread or in a baked potato. Enjoy!

Published by Lem0815

Mother of two and wife to my junior high sweetheart. I believe the key to life is balance and the key to healthy eating is to not restrict and incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal.

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