I have my priorities very, very straight. College football season is my very favorite time of year and between travel and working weekends, this weekend can’t come soon enough. College football and I have not bonded in far too long.
The entries into this year’s chili contest have been thoroughly enjoyed…on football Saturdays This particular recipe was hearty with lots and lots of beans. Black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans, creating a fiber-packed chili offering 9.8 grams of fiber per cup! I also loved that this chili was lower in sodium (Remember, draining and rinsing the beans reduces the sodium in the beans by 40%!) and low in fat — only 3.2 grams per cup!
With the cayenne in this recipe, there is a kick. However, the heat hits you right away and diminishes very quickly. I love the addition of celery for a special crunch that makes this chili very unique.
1 lb ground beef, 96% lean
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 (28 oz) can no salt added diced tomatoes with juice
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp cayenne pepper
Brown ground beef in a frying pan until nearly cooked through.
Add all ingredients to the crock pot, mix well and cook on low for 8 hours. Yield: 12 cups.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 226 calories; 3.2 g. fat; 20 mg. cholesterol; 535 mg. sodium; 29.7 g. carbohydrate; 9.8 g. fiber; 18.6 g. protein
Result: Healthy, spicy, and simple to make! If you love beans and heat, this is the chili for you! Between the lean protein and loads of fiber, this chili provides lots of staying power! Enjoy!
For this weekend’s Illini game, I am making a vegetarian chili entry! Our weekend guests are vegetarians (well, one is and the other by default most of the time ) and I’ve been saving that chili entry for their visit.
But…it’s only Thursday. Off to teach, workout, and make a delicious dinner!
Question: What’s your favorite variety of bean?