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Warming Up When You’re Feeling Chili

Warming Up When You’re Feeling Chili

I usually think of chili as an autumn/winter dish. But lately the weather has been so unpredictable (blazing hot one day and cool and rainy the next) that I found myself craving something hearty and comforting. And, I happen to love making chili for a number of reasons–the first being the “yum” factor.

Seriously, though… here’s what I love about chili. Like most good comfort food, there are as many versions of it as there are people who make it and so this is a very versatile dish. You can make it as spicy or mild as you wish. Make a meat-lovers version and experiment with everything from ground venison to left-over turkey breast. Or go totally vegan and use a variety of beans.

This an easy one-pot meal that’s great for left-overs–easy to reheat and easy to take for lunch the next day.

Finally, from a Conscious Shopping point of view, chili is great because the ingredients are versatile and can be used in so many other dishes. Often, you can whip up a pot of chili with all the meat, produce and staples you have on hand from other recipes, saving time and not greatly impacting your grocery bill.

Simply Delicious Chili

June 19, 2017
: 4 to 6
: 15 min
: 30 min
: 40 min
: Easy


  • Olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, cut in half moons
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced
  • Diced tomatoes – 1 28-oz can (or you can use 8 to 10 fresh, diced plum tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 T fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
  • A few drops of Liquid Smoke
  • 2 C stock (you can use, beef or chicken)
  • 1 lb. ground meat (beef, turkey or venison)
  • 1 14-oz can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Step 1 Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat.
  • Step 2 Add onions and sauté until they are soft and translucent.
  • Step 3 Add garlic and sauté another minute or so.
  • Step 4 Add carrots and bell peppers.
  • Step 5 Add the cumin, chili powder and thyme and stir to mix well.
  • Step 6 Continue cooking until carrots and peppers begin to soften.
  • Step 7 In a separate pan, brown the meat and then set aside.
  • Step 8 Add tomatoes to stock pot along with cannellini beans and ground meat.
  • Step 9 Mix well and then add stock to pot, bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
  • Step 10 Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until the liquid thickens a bit and the carrots and peppers are soft.
  • Step 11 Add a few drops of Liquid Smoke along with salt and pepper, to taste.
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