Nothing says warmth and comfort like chilli. It was not really a dish I grew up with, but one you learn when life gets busy with work and kids and you’re
making an effort to eat healthy. My secret ingredient is hot sauce. Another tip is to have tacos or sloppy joes the next night with the leftovers.
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, lean
- 2 Tbsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp garlic, minced
- Oregano, Basil, Garlic Powder, Hot Sauce, to taste
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 can mushrooms/ or fresh, chopped
- 1 can corn kernels, drained
- 1 can stewed tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp of tomatoe paste
- 1 can of white kidney beans, drained
- 1 can of brown beans, drained
- 1 can of red beans, drained
- 1 large jar, tomatoe sauce, your favourite
- Cheddar cheese, to taste
- In a large skillet, drizzle in oil and when hot add chopped onion. When onion is tender, add in ground beef and cook for a few minutes until browned. Add spices to taste.
- When meat is cooked, remove from heat and drain off excess fat and place temporarily aside. In same skillet add garlic and fry until slightly browned (don’t burn it!). Then add vegetables, including green pepper, mushrooms and corn and cook until softened. To vegetables, add stewed tomatoes and paste, mix and cook for a few more minutes.
- In a large pot, add in cooked ground beef and cooked vegetable mixture. Continue to add the beans and tomatoe sauce and then let simmer on low for approx. 1 hour, stir occasionally. Taste just before serving as you may want to add more spices to your liking, especially the hot sauce if someone in your house is addicted to Sriracha —you know who you are…..
- Mix in some grated cheddar cheese and add a bit for garnish if you like.
Mangia! (Serves 4)