Chili is one of my favourite comfort foods. I love sitting on the couch with a blanket and a warm bowl of chili. I love the rich flavours, the kick from some spice, and how it leaves me perfectly filled. I love a good, healthy chili recipe. That's what I'm sharing today. A healthy chili recipe!
Healthy chili recipe
A lot. Seriously, a lot. This portion makes enough for 6 adults in one meal. We split it up into three portions: dinner, leftovers, and freezer meal
- 2 cups dried black eyed peas
- 1/2 dried cup chickpeas
- 2 dried cups pinto beans
- 1/4 kilo or 1/2 lbs of a lean meat mince (chicken or turkey)
- 2 onions
- 1/2 a leek (finely chopped)
- 2 stalks celery (finely chopped)
- 3 carrots (finely chopped)
- 1 green pepper
- 3 chili peppers (leave the seeds for extra heat or remove them for a milder flavour)
- 6 cloves of garlic
- 7 cups of water
- 1 medium sweet potato (I cut this into large pieces)
- 1.5 tins of chopped tomatoes or 10 blanched tomatoes
- 1 tin of tomato paste (116 grams or about 8 tablespoons)
- Three tablespoons of homemade chili seasoning
- 1 teaspoon laos
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil for frying
*You can read my recipe for Spinach and Bean soup for instructions on how to prepare dried beans
- Drizzle pan with oil
- Brown the meat
- While the meat is browning, finely chop your veggies
- Add the onion
- Once the onion has become translucent, add all of your veggies except sweet potato and garlic
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Once the veggies have begun to sweat and gain some colour, go ahead and add all of the beans, all of the spices, the tomato paste and chopped tomatoes, and water.
- Bring to a boil
- Simmer for about two hours. You'll have to check the chili to make sure that there is enough water to prevent everything from burning. You may need to periodically add a cup of water. In order to thicken it up, try not to add water during the last half an hour of cooking, and let the water cook away.
- When the beans are almost done - about twenty minutes before turning them off, add the sweet potatoes. I don't like them mushy in this recipe, so I add them last. I like for them to stand out a bit while the other vegetables become part of the bean mixture
There it is - a pretty simple recipe, but because of the dried beans, it does take a while. I love that it requires minimal work though. Aside from an occasional stir, I can forget about it and get on with all of the other tasks I need to do or want to do. It's a low maintenance recipe which is always a win in my book!
Don't forget to check out my other freezer recipes, my other healthy toddler meals, or my pinterest recipe board:
Thank you for reading and happy cooking!