Comforting Winter Chili
As we get into the colder season all I can think about is comfort foods that make me feel warm and cozy. Today, it was particularly wet and cold outside and the whole family just wanted to curl up, watch a movie and enjoy something that would stick to our bellies. Though it would be great if I was better at planning and getting out the slow cooker in the morning, I am just not that organized. That’s why I created this easy and quick comforting chili that takes no more than 45 minutes to make, but feels like its been cooking all day. The only planning you have to do is to make sure you always have a couple of cans of different types of beans in the pantry, some great spices in your spice rack, and a good fresh pack of grass fed ground beef or turkey.
This comforting recipe can also be adjusted for any kind of taste profile, I like my chili very spicy because I find the spicy flavor of the spices balance the shredded cheese and fresh greek yogurt or sour cream. But, if you prefer it either less spicy or more sweet, you can definitely adjust the cayenne and paprika, a little less of the first and a little more of the second! The other really great thing about this recipe is that it uses both cumin and turmeric, spices that Dr. Kara recommends for a diet focused on natural nutrition in her post about beneficial spices.
I hope you’ll enjoy this quick and easy comforting recipe and please let me know what adjustments and ideas you have to improve it!
- 1 lb. grass fed ground beef
- 1 cup chopped red pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 15 oz. can kidney beans
- 15 oz. can white kidney (cannelloni) beans
- 15 oz. can pinto beans
- 28 oz. crushed tomatoes (no added sugar)
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (add another teaspoon for extra spicy)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat 2 teaspoons of grape seed oil in medium stock pot on medium high heat
- Brown ground beef, watching closely not too overcook the meat. Add all spices and mix well.
- Once all beef is just cooked through, remove from heat and remove from heat into bowl
- Pour out excess fat from pot. Cook peppers and garlic over medium heat, approximately 5 minutes or until just softened
- Add all beans and cook another 3-5 minutes, mixing well
- Add crushed tomatoes to the pot, stir and bring just to a boil, then stir beef back into pot
- Lower heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes to let flavors combine
- Taste and add seasoning as desired
- Serve immediately with shredded cheese and sour cream or plain greek yogurt
- Serves 4 large portions
The Moxy Mamma