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Nutrient-packed Chili

Chili is a fantastic one-pot meal that is easy to make and packed with nutrients that work in harmony with each other by providing the body with a good amount of protein, iron, vitamin c, and fiber. With a perfectly balanced proportion of protein, carbs, and fat – a bowl of chili will surely satisfy the bellies of herbivores and carnivores alike.

Yields:  6 servings


1 lb cooked ground beef, drained of excess fat
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp oregano
A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cans of chopped tomatoes, slightly drained
1 tbsp tomato paste or ketchup
2 cans of kidney beans, drained well

*You can also use ground turkey, shredded chicken, or tofu as alternative. All work great.

Method of Preparation:

  1. In a thick bottom pot cook the beef until crumbly, remove from pot onto paper towel lined plate to drain (will add to pot later).
  2. Add the onion, pepper, garlic, and spices into the same pot and cook for ~5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, and the cooked meat.
  4. Simmer on low heat for ~1/2 hour.
  5. Add a pinch of sugar to balance out the acidity right at the end.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings. Suggestions: shredded cheese, chopped purple onion, sour cream, tortilla chips, corn bread.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving without toppings)

326 Calories, 38 g carbs, 7 g total fat, 32 g protein, 11 g dietary fiber, 621 mg sodium

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