Its Finally Chili Season!
Its finally chili season! In my home chili is a life saver! Its not only the savory taste we love or the warmth your belly gets after the first bite. It is the perfect meal on a budget!
Let me tell you something about our family. We are entrepreneurs and finances can get unpredictable in this lifestyle.
Some weeks we eat from the finest selection of vegetables, while sometimes we have to make it work with what we have! Chili however, is one of those meals that's kind of the best of both worlds.
This recipe consists of beans, veggies, and good broth! I normally spend about $25 dollars to make a pot large enough to eat off for the week, freeze, thaw out and eat it again!
Half yellow onion; diced
2 green bell peppers; diced
1 red bell pepper; diced
1 cup Carrots ; chopped
3 garlic cloves
Chili seasoning packet
32oz Veggie broth
2 cans of red chili beans
2 cans of pinto beans
2 cans of white northern beans
2 cans of diced fired roasted tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
Salt and pepper
2 bay leaves
Lets get started by adding some oil to a hot skillet. Throw on your onions and peppers. Once they begin to wilt add in your choice of Chili seasoning packet.
Yes, all of it. Put a little water in the packet so that you get all the flavor out of that pack. Make sure you give the chili seasoning a little time to get to know each other. 5 minutes of a sautee is good.
Next, add in the veggie broth! Let it simmer. Then add your carrots and chopped garlic. Turn that heat down to medium, let it simmer for about 25 minutes. Trust me, a good flavorful chilli takes time.
By now your arm should be tired from opening up all your canned foods. In a large pot, add in all your beans. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the simmering broth and veggies over your beans in the large pot. Stir! Add in the canned tomatoes. Stir! It should start to look like chilli now!
Next, add in the can of tomato paste. Stir! This will help to thicken your chili. Finally, its time to spice it up! Throw in your bay leaves, Italian seasonings, parsley and cayenne pepper / chilli powder. (If you're into the heat!) I like to add a few drops of hot sauce while its cooking, for an extra kick!
Allow your chili to simmer on medium to low heat for 45 minutes.
Once its done, remove the bay leaves and serve in a bowl next to your favorite crackers. We like garlic bread along with ours. Top will cheddar cheese and avocado! Enjoy!
Freeze your chili for future meals like; chilli fries, chilli dogs or one time we even added left over chilli to some nachos on taco Tuesday.