Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hearty Chili

We know chili isn't exactly a popular summertime recipe, but sometimes you just feel like eating something hearty and filling even when it's 90 degrees outside. Besides, we get a lot of rainy days in the summer in Miami, therefore chili is usually well-received. It's totally okay to enjoy some chili, then slip into a bikini or swim trunks afterwards. This light recipe cuts a lot of calories but none of the flavor by substituting some of the beef for chicken and turkey. Tons of veggies in it too! This is a perfect recipe to feed a crowd as it serves up to 10-12 people!

2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 large onions
1 green pepper
8 garlic cloves
1 lb. of lean ground beef
1 lb. of ground chicken
1 lb. of ground turkey
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
2 15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons fresh oregano
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 bottles of light beer
1 15 oz. can of black beans
1 15 oz. can of cannellini beans
1 15 oz. can of red kidney beans

Sour cream
Shredded cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips
Fresh tomatoes

Kitchen essentials:
Dutch oven or large pot
Cutting board
Wooden spoon or spatula
Measuring spoons
Can opener

Chop the onions and peppers finely. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a dutch oven. When the oil is hot, throw in the onion and peppers. Add a little salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes. Finely chop the garlic and cook for about a minute. Next, add the ground lean meat, chicken and turkey and cook thoroughly. Add some more salt and pepper. It is important to season each layer for intense flavor. Once the meat has browned, add the tomato sauce, beer and diced tomatoes. Add the rest of the spices and cook for a few minutes until the sauce is bubbling.  Strain the liquid from the canned beans. Lower the heat and add the beans. Simmer on low for about 45 - 60 minutes and allow the flavors to marry. Stir the chili occasionally. Taste to make sure the seasoning is right. Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, cheddar cheese and cilantro. We like to crumble up tortilla chips on top and give it a squirt of lime juice. Enjoy!


  1. I hate to rush fall, but looking at this chili it makes me crave the cooler weather to make this! NICE photo!

  2. I totally agree that sometimes even if it is 100 degrees outside those winter dishes bring more comfort. I like your recipe!

    1. Thanks Sandra! Let us know if you make it!

  3. By August, I'm tired of grilled food and corn on the cob! Your chili looks mighty tempting!

    1. Thanks Lizzy! Enjoy it, it's so good!

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