The weather turned a little cooler and my people began to ask for chili. I was talking with Mrs. Liz and she was in the middle of cooking chili. This is not my first rodeo. I knew I had just happened on a goldmine. She was so sweet to email it to me and agreed for me to share it here! You are welcome! It is so delicious. (If you do not know Mrs. Liz, check our our article Mrs. Liz’s Tacos.)
I am always on the lookout for recipes that can be cooked with the ingredients that we keep in our cabinets. I also began to look at the ingredients on packets of pre-made chili mix. the sodium is crazy high. Even the ones that say “low in sodium” have a lot of sodium. You can enjoy this recipe knowing it is much healthier for you and your family!
Ingredients (Click HERE for the recipe.)
1 pound of ground beef
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 1/2 cups of yellow onions
2 T. minced garlic
1 Jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 T. cocoa powder
1 quart tomatoes chopped
3 cups cooked beans (pinto or kidney)
2 T. chili powder
1 T. ground cumin
2 t. oregano
1/2 t. allspice
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the meat and drain the grease. Add onion and green pepper and cook for 10 minutes. Add the rest of of the ingredients and simmer for 1 hour.
I want to tell you a few changes I tried. Most of my people are not onion and pepper people. I cook with them but only if I chop the up so small they can only taste the flavor. I used dried minced onions instead of a fresh onion. I did not have the peppers the day I was cooking and so I fixed it without them. Mary Taylor requested using ground turkey. I was still amazingly delicious.
That being said, Mrs. Liz is one of the best cooks I know so I am confident that this is the BEST when all of these ingredients are included. This was a win at our house and would be amazing on a cold fall or winter day!
Some delicious grilled cheeses would go so nicely with the chili! Grab a box of brownies and one of these ideas to bump them up for dessert.
Throw out a blanket in the yard and take your dinner with you! Enjoy the cooler temps and make some dinner memories while you eat.