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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Organic Chili

Today, I woke up to a snowy-icey mess outside, which makes me want warm, comfort food.  So, tonight I decided to make Organic Chili for dinner... Here's the recipe, Enjoy!

In order to make it Organic Chili, you need all organic ingredients... plus you can make it vegetarian & vegan friendly.

Organic Chili
Serves 4- about 6 cups (for us, about 5-6 servings)
Time; Prep 20 min & cook 20-30 min

1 tbs Olive Oil
12 oz lean 96/4 ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
1 15oz can dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
1 15oz can black beans, rinsed & drained
1 14.5oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flake
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
Kosher Salt & fresh ground black pepper

In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, heat olive oil. then cook ground beef, onion, green pepper, red pepper flake, and garlic until meat is browned and onion is tender (sprinkle a little kosher salt).  Stir in kidney & black beans, undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, remaining seasonings, black pepper, and a little more kosher salt- season in layers.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 20-30 minutes.

You can make this vegetarian friendly, by adding a 3rd can of beans your choice (pinto is a nice combo) or add cubed tofu.

You can also make this in a crockpot: Cook meat, onion, green pepper, red pepper flake, and garlic in a separate pan.  Add mixture to slow-cooker, then add all other ingredients & stir (plus 1 additional can of diced tomatoes & tomato sauce).  Cover, and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.

Make a chili bar with your favorite toppings: Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Diced Red Onion, Avocado, Tortilla chips, etc...

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