Beef & Vegetable Chili

28 Jan


I have many different versions of my chili recipe depending on which veggies I have in the fridge. My seasoning is always the same and the must have ingredients in my book are tomato, cauliflower, onion, and bell peppers. I’ve been known to put everything in from carrots to zucchini. Here is one I made on a particular day that was tasty! I make it with red wine only sometimes and sometimes I add a splash of beer instead if we have it.


1.5 lbs ground beef
3 cans or 6 cups diced tomato
1 diced small onion
1 green bell pepper finely diced about 1/4 inch
3 celery stalks
2 diced carrots
1 diced zucchini
1/2 head cauliflower (just the top flowery portion)
3 Tbsp Chili powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp & 1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cumin
tsp coriander
tsp paprika
tsp parsley
tsp oregano
tsp basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup red wine (optional)
1/4 cup olive oil (optional)
2 Tbsp olive oil for sautéing

Sauté your ground beef in a pan first to make it into nice big chunks. This was a topic of discussion at the last chili tasting we had. If you just put it in the crockpot uncooked it sort of disintegrates. Then, put ground beef, tomatoes, and seasoning into a slow cooker or on low in a large pot. Let cook one hour. In a skillet add onion, green peppers, and zucchini and brown. Optionally deglaze the pan with red wine. Add to the beef and tomato along with the rest of the vegetables and cook on high in the crockpot or low on the stovetop for 2 hours. If you’re making this for toddlers I would shape the beef into meatballs first and bake on 350 for 20 minutes or brown in a skillet before you put the meat in the sauce. It’s easier to pick up with your fingers that way.

A note on the olive oil: If you do use a lower fat beef you should add the optional olive oil to add satiety to the meal. Low fat meat and vegetables leaves me hungry.

A note on the seasoning: My recommendation is to buy an extra seasoning shaker or reuse and empty one and add all of the spices to it so you have it ready for the next time you make chili!


Above is the very basic recipe for chili made as my Mom would say jokingly “mo better” by sliced avocado and fresh salsa. It’s from day 3 of my no sugar challenge. And here, once again, is just the recipe for chili seasoning.


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