Cool weather? Seeking warm comfort food? Chili + cornbread often top the list, especially for those of us with southern roots! Enjoy noshing off a pot of chili for a week or two of quick meals. But for this occasionally lazy gal, best thing about chili? It’s uber easy to prepare! Using only one pot drastically decreases clean up time. Love cooking! HATE CLEANING.
Love the variety of textures, spices + now colors that each bowl provides. The one thing I will insist on, is that we build flavor. The chilis I do not enjoy are the ones that have a homogeneous flavor throughout + that flavor is salty, spicy MUD. That muddy flavor is the result of throwing all ingredients in the pot or crockpot at once to stew, cooking on too high heat + adding too much salt. While chili is a simple comfort food of peasant roots, it’s flavors should be a rich complex mosaic, maintaining integrity of each ingredient but together creating something more beautiful, intriguing + satisfying than they could be independently. Yeah, dishes like chili are the perfect culinary metaphor for America, a nation composed of generations of immigrants each bringing unique culture, techniques + ideas, learning from each other, enriching the lives of our neighbors + celebrating our one ongoing commonality, being American.
In a few simple steps, we can avoid muddy! Instructions below show you how to gradually build multiple levels of flavor, encouraging each ingredient to play a specific role, beautifully complementing fellow elements. Of course, all without an abundance of bloat-inducing sodium!
For the ultimate comfort food meal, pair Rainbow Chili with our LOW FAT SWEET CORNBREAD!
As always, please choose organic ingredients for YOUR health!
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 bay leaves
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, chopped (Fresh! Not pickled in jar)
2 lbs ground grassfed beef, diced boneless skinless chicken breast OR vegetarian crumbles
6 cups chopped fresh tomatoes OR 3 15oz cans unsalted diced tomatoes
3-4 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground black pepper
1 15oz can kidney beans, drained
1 15oz can garbanzo beans, drained
1 15oz can black beans
2 cups corn (cut off cob)
Sauté onion in olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, 1 minute. Add garlic + sauté til fragrant. Add cumin, oregano, black pepper + salt. When onion is tender, add meat, sauté + break into smaller pieces until meat is cooked through. Add chopped peppers + jalapeños + sauté a few minutes to soften. Reduce heat to low. Stir in tomatoes, kidney, garbanzo + black beans + bay leaves. Cover pot + simmer 5 minutes. Add chili powder. Simmer 45 minutes. Stir in the corn. Remove bay leaf + serve hot. Makes about 10 1 1/2 cup servings.
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