Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Chili is one of those easy, hearty, delicious dinners that when it's done right can be extremely nutritious. Grass-fed beef, beans from scratch, farmer's market veggies, organic crushed tomatoes and aromatic spices all come together in this traditional Spanish meal.

The Recipe

Serves 6-8
1 lb grass-fed, ground beef
2 C black beans
1 large onion
4-5 cloves garlic
1 green bell pepper
4 cans crushed tomatoes
3 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 T oregano
2 t paprika
1 t sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper
(scallions, red onions, or cilantro for garnish)
1. Chop onions, garlic, and bell pepper.  Combine in a large pot with tomatoes and all the spices. Mix together and heat on low.

2. Add black beans. Preferably home cooked which is so simple. Soak the beans covered in water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Drain out the soaking water. Cook on high in fresh water until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes or until beans are tender.

3. In a skillet brown the ground beef. Add to your pot of beans and veggies.

4. Stir everything together well, mixing all the flavors throughout the pot. Heat on low for a 2-3 hours, 1 hour minimum. The longer it cooks the more flavorful it will be.
Once your ready to eat ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with chopped scallions, red onions, or even cilantro. Serve with whole grain corn bread, organic corn tortillas or brown rice and always with a crisp garden salad. You've got yourself a bowl of heart healthy fats, essential amino acid proteins, anti-cancerous veggies, immune boosting alliums and anti-oxidant rich spices. What's not to love about that?!

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