Perfectly Satisfying Homemade Chili


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As the weather turns cold, I find myself with new cravings. My desire for salad and the fresh fruit of summer changes to needing everything pumpkin flavored with hints of cinnamon. But one craving comes stronger than all the rest. For fall, there is nothing better than a big pot of chili.

I love chili on top of salad, with cornbread, or just a big bowl by itself. The peppers in this recipe add a good dose of sneaky vegetables, and some great flavor.

This makes chili that is more on the medium side heat-wise, so feel free to leave out some of the jalapenos if you like things more mild.

Also, this recipe makes a giant batch. That’s good news because it is yummy, and freezes super well! Freeze the leftovers in single serving portions for easy lunches later.

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Ingredients:

1.5 lbs ground beef
3 whole jalapenos (chopped)
2 medium onions (chopped)
1 green pepper (chopped)
1 red pepper (chopped)
1 yellow pepper (chopped)
4 cups beef broth
4 cups pinto beans, cooked (about 3 cans)

2 cans tomato sauce

2 tbsp cumin
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

In a large pot, brown the ground beef with the onion and peppers. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until meat is no longer pink and the onion and peppers are soft. Add broth, beans, tomato sauce, and cumin. Once the mixture is warm, in a separate bowl combine the water and cornstarch to make a slurry. Add to chili, stirring constantly until it is combined. Simmer the chili for a half hour at least, up to three hours for better flavor.

I hope this yummy bowl of goodness will keep your tummy warm and satisfied all through the colder weather!

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Emily

Emily Allen is a former obese girl turned Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She lost 70 pounds by cutting processed food, an experience she documented on her site, www.thatswhatieat.com. Emily now teaches families how to cut processed foods and live their healthiest lives. She teaches cooking classes, does public speaking about healthy living, and has even appeared on local news programs featuring her recipes. Emily believes that anyone can live a healthier life, no matter their schedule or budget. You can find her on her site www.thatswhatieat.com, on Instagram, onPinterest, and on Facebook.

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