While you read this, I’ll be in sunny California! This is my first real vacation for the year, so I’m super excited for this. It’s time for our annual family get together, which can be both wondrous and stressful. Luckily, things are going fairly well and I’m just relaxing on the beach.
Let me back up a bit. We made this chili the week before we left. It’s not only easy (which is awesome because we’re still unpacking) but also makes up a lot of servings. We were able to eat this all week long. Usually we ate it for lunch because it heats up very nicely in the microwave.
This chili has a secret weapon, which is cocoa powder. It adds just a bit of richness while the chocolate taste goes undetected. Chocolate and beef actually complement each other quite nicely and the chocolate actually just enriches the beef flavor. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! This chili became quite the regular over last winter.
Quick and Easy Chili
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Makes: 8 servings
1/4 of a large white onion 1 and 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper 1 pound of ground beef 1 can of diced tomatoes 1 can of tomato sauce 1 can of tomato paste 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed 2 tablespons of chili powder 2 teaspoons of cumin 1/2 teaspoon of paprika 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 1 teaspoon of thyme 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
1) Slice the onion and dice the bell peppers. 2) Over medium heat and in a large skillet, brown the meat. Add in the veggies, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, paste, and spices. 3) Simmer until desired thickness, and stir occasionally.