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Healthy Hearty Chili

Healthy Hearty Chili | Vanilla & Velvet
Fall has not quite swept through Atlanta like I’m use to up north. However, temperatures dropped down to 60 over the weekend and our recent trip to the smokey mountains reminded me that fall is here. And that means chili season is here!

Have you ever noticed that people are picky about chili?  Personally I want it to be similar to the version I grew up with and corn is a must.  No corn in your chilli?  I’d say I’ve had better.  Today I am sharing my go to chili recipe – I always stick the basics but often mix up the beans and meat to whatever I have on hand.  You will notice I go a bit crazy when it comes to the beans – pinto beans, black beans, AND green beans.  Just trying to squeeze in our veggies and protein- try it out.  I bet you don’t even notice.

Healthy Hearty Chili
Recipe Type: Soup
Author: Gina Mueller
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup masa harina ( corn flour, found in the Mexican food section of many supermarkets)
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can pinto beans or black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can green beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded Cheddar, for serving
  • Chopped onions, for serving
  • Oyster crackers or your favorite noodles, for serving
  • Lime wedges, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic.
  2. Cook over medium heat until browned.
  3. Drain off the excess fat, and pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of water as needed. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 2o minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
  5. Place the masa harina in a small bowl.
  6. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork.
  7. Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add more masa paste and /or water to get the chili to your preferred taste.
  8. Add the beans and simmer for an hour minutes.
  9. Serve with shredded Cheddar, macaroni noodles, and hot sauce– or any of your favorite chili toppings.

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