If you don't go grocery shopping very often, this a good recipe to schedule in the days before your trip when your fresh produce may be running low, because almost all the ingredients can be found in your pantry or freezer. You can serve the chili as a thick stew, or if you want to stretch it to feed a larger group, serve it over brown or white rice.
- 1 pound ground lean meat (I like turkey)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 carrot, shredded (optional but adds some Vitamin A and natural sweetness)
- Minced Garlic, to taste (I like 2-3 cloves)
- 2 14 Oz cans diced tomatoes
- 2-3 14 oz cans of kidney or pinto beans (or cooked frozen beans) drained and rinsed
- 2 small cans of chopped green chiles (Coupon currently available! See here.)
- 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
- 2 T Sugar/sweetener (You can read here about how a little sugar can be a more nutritious way to add flavor to a meal versus fat or salt)
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a very large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add ground meat and brown, breaking into small pieces. When meat looks cooked, add onion, carrot, and garlic. Cook, stirring occassionally, about 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, rinsed beans, and green chiles. Add water to taste (I like really thick, stewlike chili, so I only add about a cup of water). Add spices and stir to combine. Cover and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.
- Serve over brown or white rice.
- Top with shredded cheese or sour cream (or my favorite: BOTH)
- We enjoy this with homemade cornbread, too.
This freezes wonderfully! If your family is small, you may get 2-3 meals out of one pot.
This chili is low in fat and chock full of nutrients: protein, fiber, and magnesium in particular. Plus, it has chocolate in it! The cocoa adds a great depth of flavor.
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