Last night I decided a good use for two aging green peppers in my fridge would be chili. Here's the recipe I came up with, based on what I had on hand:
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 2 cups dried kidney beans (or 4-5 cups cooked kidney beans)
- 1 medium onion (coarsely chopped)
- a few cloves garlic (finely chopped)
- 2 green peppers (coarsely chopped)
- 2 cups corn (I used frozen -- please excuse the inaccurate photo below!)
- 1 can/jar pasta sauce or tomato sauce
- 1 can tomatoes (mine had added herbs and spices)
- 1.5 tbsp chili powder (adjust based on taste)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
|the ingredients (minus the ground beef and spices)|
|1 lb ground beef -- about to go into the fridge for defrosting overnight|
|2 cups of dried kidney beans, soaking overnight|
|cooked kidney beans|
|fried onion and garlic, corn, kidney beans, and green pepper|
To the browned beef I added the fried garlic and onion, chopped green peppers, corn, beans, pasta sauce, and canned tomatoes. I added the chili powder and cinnamon, stirred everything together, and left the pot, covered, to simmer for around 45 minutes.
|chili powder and cinnamon added|
|all stirred up and ready to simmer|
This thick, medium spicy chili boasts taste out of proportion to work of preparation. The cinnamon adds a wonderful aroma and the green peppers and corn are nice additions to both taste and texture. With good amounts of protein and fibre, and a relatively low ingredient cost, chili is a great meal to make ahead of a busy week. I know I'll be looking forward to chili dinners for the next few days!
If you have a chili recipe to recommend or any add-ins to suggest, please share!