Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Recipe: Super Beef, Bean & Veggie Chili

I make this a little differently each time, just depending on what I have in the fridge and pantry. This is a super easy meal to make, and it freezes well so I usually make a huge pot. I like it over rice, which also helps 'stretch' the meal.

I dislike kidney beans, so I don't use them. Instead, I choose mixed beans for variety and/or black beans, which I love. I am not concerned with 'authentic' ingredients - this is a quick & dirty healthy fridge-cleaner recipe. Vary the veggies as you like!

  • 1 package of lean ground beef (varies in size, usually a pound or so - whatever is on hand)
  • 1-2 medium yellow onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves of diced garlic
  • ~3-4 cups chopped mixed veggies, i.e.: zucchini, mushrooms, cauliflower, carrots - whatever needs to be used up soon. If my cherry tomatoes are starting to get wrinkly, I add them in too.
  • Diced tomatoes - 1 can (796 mL)
  • Crushed tomatoes - 1 can (796 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups or so of cheap salsa, if available
  • Mixed beans - 1 can, i.e. 'six bean blend' (540 ML)
  • Black beans - 1 can (540 mL)
  • Corn niblets - 1 can (341 mL)
  • Cayenne pepper, chili powder, tex-mex spice and/or black pepper & salt to taste
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan or stew pot, brown beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink; drain fat (I usually use a metal colander so that I can rinse the cooked beef with a little water, and put the beef aside for step 2. I've also cooked the veggies with the cooked beef in the same pot, and that turned out just fine too.)
  2. Saute onions, fresh veggies and garlic in the same pot as you browned the beef until veggies begin to soften
  3. Add the cooked beef if you set it aside, and all remaining ingredients
  4. Season to taste; simmer about 20 minutes until veggies are soft or cooked to taste. Serve alone or over rice

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just read your comment over on TSD, and I wanted to thank you for posting it. I am also that kid who had so many interests that I didn't know which one to follow. (I changed majors twice in college and lived abroad learning another language for a year.) Now I have a BA and don't know what to do for a living. I have such a hard time deciding what to do, simply because I'm afraid of it not being the 'right' choice or that I'll be sacrificing something else to my future detriment. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent pondering the issue. And now, of course, the irony is that I'm treading water and getting nowhere quickly due to this indecision.

"It depends on your personality. I have a hard time making decisions, because I tend to overthink things. I needed to stop thinking and worrying and just get started, or I was in danger of treading water. ... If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be to be less afraid to act."

That is me to a tee, and I sorely needed to hear that advice. I hope it all worked out for you! Thank you.

Best wishes,