Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hearty Organic Chili Con Carne

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Today's topic is my favorite "Go-to organic/healthy recipe"

This Chili Con Carne recipe is easily my favorite because it requires fairly healthy, and I tend to make it in large batches, so I have an easy to warm up meal. It is fairly mild "spice" wise, so even my toddlers love it!

Hearty Organic Chili Con Carne

2 tbs coconut oil (you won't taste coconut, I promise!)
2 onions (chopped)
1 red bell pepper (stemmed, seeded, and chopped)
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tbs cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sea salt
6 garlic cloves (minced)
2 lbs lean, organic grass-fed ground beef
4 cups cooked kidney beans (soak overnight, drain, rinse, and simmer in water for 45-60 minutes)
28 oz diced tomato (use from jar or 3 cups fresh, which is about 4-5 depending on size)
28 oz tomato puree (use from jar or blanch & puree 4-5 tomatoes, again you will need about 3 cups)

Optional toppings :

Avocado slices - I would definitely recommend!
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Green onions
...or all of the above!

Note - Use organic ingredients if you want a truly organic recipe. I do not use canned goods (even if labeled organic), especially tomatoes because they are quite acidic and break down the can lining, which contains BPA and other carcinogens.

* Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and salt. Cook until the onions are soft. Add the garlic and cook for 15 seconds.

* Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the beef. With a wooden spoon, break up the meat a little and no longer pink (about 10 minutes). Stir in the rest of the ingredients, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 35-45 minutes.

* Remove the lid and continue to simmer for another 45 minutes, stirring occassionaly. Season to taste with salt & pepper - Enjoy!


  1. I love chili! Your recipe sounds absolutely delicious. And I love the idea of adding avocado slices as a topping. Yum!

  2. That sounds delicious! I personally am not a big beef person, so I'd substitute turkey in this.

  3. I am not either...but I just happened to find some ground beef on sale and had a coupon. I also had to feed a large crowd so I made a double batch. However, I do love steak...and this chili is quite awesome with steak :-)

  4. Man that looks good. Now I want chili for dinner. I might have to make up some this week since I have hamburger in my fridge waiting to be cooked. Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

  5. My dh is so picky about food and just FYI I was scrolling through your posts last night and copied this recipe. Its in the crockpot right now and he wont stay out of it! This smells so delicious. Thank you! Ill be adding this to my recipe index :)

  6. Update: success!!!!

    1. Glad you like it! My kids LOVE this husband and I tend to make ours more spicy, but I made a huge batch of this for my church small group and all of the kids licked their bowls clean :-)

  7. This does sound so good, and we are getting into weather that makes chili the perfect option. I haven't made it in a couple of years!!! whaaaaa???!! How time flies! I must try this!


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