Chili Recipe

Well, even though it is 80 degrees here in Fort Myers, I am making my Chili for dinner for two basic reasons 1) I have the ingredients and 2) Dave thought Chili Frito Pie sounded good! So, while I am waiting for it to cook, I thought I would share my recipe with you! I will start by saying, I will be having Chili Triscuit pie while my hubby and children will feast on Fritos- I think Triscuits are absolutely delightful. Here is why- the ingredient list is as follows: whole grain soft white winter wheat, soybean oil and salt. Period. I love things that taste good and I can understand all of the ingredients- no artificial anything and no bleached anything! I really love the Triscuit Thin Crisps- they are great as nachos (just use them instead of chips). Tonight I will be trying the new Triscuit Minis- I am pretty excited for these little bite-sized delights! Ok, back to the recipe:

  • brown 2 lbs ground beef (I always buy 90% lean or more- whatever the leanest the store has, I get)
  • in a separate dutch oven put the following:
  • 1T Canola Oil
  • Veggies: red peppers and carrots are a must (if you like those) and whatever else you have: green, yellow and orange peppers, onion, asparagus, you name it- add it! (let’s face it, with chili seasoning you can’t really taste the veggies- they are just good for nutrition and crunch) Finely chop as much as you want in there- go crazy!
    *Cover and sauté until soft
  • Dump: the cooked beef, 1 large can of diced tomatoes, 1 large can of tomato sauce (buy 2 just in case), 1 can low sodium black beans (or whatever beans you like), 2 packages of chili seasoning (I like McCormick Mild for the girls)- if the beef and veggies overpower the liquid (too chunky) add more tomato sauce or I will pour some v8 in there for liquid- whatever you like!
    *Cover and simmer on low for as long as you want- I usually make it at nap time (2pm) and leave it on low until we are ready to eat.

This is a great way to introduce new veggies and it is also great for leftover nachos the next day- just put over chips, cover in cheese, bake until cheese melts- and there you go!

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