Never underestimate the power of a healthy chili recipe to nourish and satisfy your hungriest fans…
Although my favorite time to make chili is when I have friends and family over to watch football, I love to make chili con carne year-round. It’s full of the protein I crave, and is also balanced with lots of nutrient-and fiber-rich veggies. To boot, it’s super quick and easy to make (and reheat), and I use only the healthiest ingredients.
Besides healthy ingredients, what really makes for a killer chili recipe? The right seasonings….I like to use jalapeño or garlic flavored olive oil to infuse the chili with robust garlic flavor and/or a kick of chili (medium) heat.
I’ve also found that organic marinara sauce helps thicken the chili while elevating it with fresh-from-the-garden flavor. If you like your chili hot and spicy, you may want to try using an organic arrabbiata sauce.
How to Make Chili – Some Pre-Game Rules:
- Veggies and beans – when in doubt, always go more, not less and opt for organic when possible, especially with bell peppers.
- Definitely go organic or grass-fed with the meat.
- Go easy on the seasonings at first and continually taste; add more Mexican seasonings until the flavor evolves to a “now, that’s what I’m talking about!” place.
- Let your gut and passion guide you.
And Now for a Delicious AND Healthy Chili Recipe…
I hope you think my healthy chili recipe is a tasty, high vibrational touchdown too:
- 2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 chopped onions
- 1-3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3-4 celery stalks, chopped
- 1-3 organic green or red bell peppers, chopped
- Optional 2-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
- Optional fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely chopped, to taste
- 1 lb organic or grass-fed ground beef or bison
- 25 to 32 oz (1 large or 2 small cans) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 3 cups chopped tomatoes (from a box or can)
- 1 jar of organic marinara or arrabbiata sauce
- 1 tsp honey (to cut the acidity of the tomatoes)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Mexican seasonings (cumin, coriander, chili pepper, garlic, etc.), to taste
- Optional finish: grated organic Jack or cheddar cheese
- Optional finish (my favorite!): a drizzle of jalapeño or garlic flavored olive oil
In a large saucepan over low-medium heat, cook the onions, celery and pepper – garlic and carrots too, if you want – for several minutes until the veggies soften. Remove veggies from the pot.
Now it’s time to cook the ground beef until brown. Add salt, pepper and Mexican spices, to taste.
Stir all the cooked veggies back in, then blend in the beans and tomatoes. Add a little honey if you wish, to cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
Is your chili crying out for more flavor? Go another round with the Mexican spices and pepper. Allow chili to simmer at least 10 minutes, then serve your fans.
From my heart to yours,
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