Chili is a favorite comfort food at my house and the real comfort is to throw everything in the pot in the morning and then walk in after a long day to a simmering crock pot of goodness. I usually prep everything the night before. This recipe also stands up without the meat. ~ Sarah S.
Here is one of those recipes that is so flexible, you can modify depending on what you have on hand. There are endless combinations. It is packed with nutrients and fiber and did not need any modifications to make it healthier. I simply added to the ideas for what you could add to this Home Cooked Comfort. If you omitted the meat you would not miss it at all. A great option for MEATLESS MONDAY's.
Sarah's chili would be perfect for a cold night, curled up by the fire enjoyed with the company of friends and family.
This would also be a great addition to a football tailgate or a great way to fuel your little goblins before they head out for a fun filled night of Trick or Treating. Thank you Sarah for sharing this fantastic recipe with the Good Clean Health Community!
Some of the possible variations/suggestions I came up with are written in BLUE
- Drizzle of olive oil
- 1 lb grass fed beef, cooked
- 3 cups cooked kidney beans (2 cans if using canned)*other beans you could use garbanzo, black or Cannellini
- 1.5 cups cooked pinto beans (or 1 can)
- 1.5 cups cooked adzuki beans (or 1 can)*adzuki beans are an excellent choice to tone your adrenal glands and stabilize your hormones
- 1, 28 ounce canned organic diced tomatoes
- 1/2 bunch of kale, chopped *I also added chopped collard leaves
- 1/2 butternut squash, diced* you can also use diced kabocha squash or sweet potatoes. All of these veggies stabilize blood sugars and reduce sugar cravings
- 2 parsnips, diced *and/or diced turnip
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 onion diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped *Don't be shy with the garlic it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that are especially needed during the cold and flu season
- 3-5 tablespoons chili powder
- 1-2 tablespoons ground cumin * I also added a teaspoon of fresh grated tumeric or you can use dried tumeric. It is an excellent anti- inflammatory
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- salt to taste * Use Himalayan Pink sea salt as it does not adversly affect blood pressure
I also added oyster mushrooms (any diced mushroom would do) mushrooms also strengthen the immune system. I used a poblano chili (diced) when the seeds are removed there was no extra heat just flavor.
Diced red onion, chopped green onion, avocado for healthy fats, raw grated cheddar cheese, crumbled good quality organic tortilla chips, diced jalapeno
Toss all ingredients into a crock pot and simmer on low 8-10 hours. Add additional tomatoes, chicken stock, or water as the chili cooks if it appears dry. Or, you can make on the stove. Drizzle olive oil and cook meat, add rest of ingredients and simmer on low for about 30ish min or when veggies have softened and the flavors have come together.
I hope this recipe becomes one of your families Home Cooked Comforts I know it will be in my home.
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