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Chili is one of my favorite meals. It is so versatile, so you really can put whatever you want in there. Here is my four bean beef chili recipe. This makes a really large pot, so if you want to cut it in half, you most certainly can. I like to make one big batch and then freeze it in individual portions.
A couple notes about the recipe – This recipe calls for canned tomatoes and beans, which many traditional diet followers don’t use b/c of toxins in the cans, especially canned tomatoes.
However, I want my recipes to be easy for my readers, so I have written the recipe using canned goods. You can most certainly substitute your own soaked beans and canned (in glass) or frozen tomatoes if you’d like. I put the ounce measurements in there to make that a little easier.
Also, like all soups, chili is extremely forgiving, so you can most definitely make the recipe your own!
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Four Bean Beef Chili
- 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1 large onion, diced (you can use red, white, or yellow)
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 3 cans (15oz) diced tomatoes
- 2 cups each of black beans, white kidney beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans, soaked, drained and rinsed
- 1 large can (29oz) of tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup beef broth powder (I get my msg-free, chemical-free stuff at my local Vitamin Cottage)
- 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- 1 tablespoon of salt-free all-purpose seasoning (usually has onion, garlic, paprika, thyme, white pepper, celery seed, marjoram and parsley – I get mine from Cost Plus World Market)
- 1 cup of water (you may or may not need to use this, depending on how thick you like your chili)
In a large soup pot, cook the beef until about halfway done and add the onions, peppers and garlic. Continue cooking until mixture is lightly browned. Add the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, and spices and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat and let it simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, bread and butter, tortilla chips, tortillas or whatever else suits your fancy.