We love a homemade pot of chili and ours is based on our favorite recipe from Anita’s mom. But, we’ve added diced sweet potatoes and sweet peppers which gives chili such a great flavor and a little more veggie.
This is a delicious one pot recipe packed full of good flavor and nutrition. And, the best part is it’s even better the next day by itself or dished over a bowl of polenta, pasta or your morning eggs. If you want a vegetarian/vegan recipe, just leave out the ground beef.
This recipe makes a small pot. We usually double it to guarantee leftovers for this chili loving family. It never lasts long!
1 lb. BBF Ground Beef
1 T organic Chili Powder
2 tsp organic Ground Cumin Powder
3 organic Garlic cloves, diced OR 1 or 2 tsp garlic granules
2 organic med onions or 1 large, diced
2 organic sweet peppers, any color. We use our frozen diced peppers.
1 quart organic diced tomatoes plus 1 qt. water. We use our own canned tomatoes. If using store bought, use two 28 oz cans.
1 T organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 can organic Black, Kidney or Pinto beans, usually 15 oz., drained
2 cups organic diced sweet potato
Salt and ground pepper to taste
In your favorite soup pot, saute ground beef breaking it up as it cooks. When just a little pink is left, add the diced onions and fresh sweet peppers. If you are using frozen peppers, hold off until you add the tomatoes as they release a lot of water.
Saute until veggies are almost tender. Add the chili powder, cumin, diced fresh garlic, 1 tsp salt and several grinds of fresh black pepper. Stir and saute for a few more minutes. Pot will be fragrant and mixture will look dry. It may seem like a lot of chili powder and cumin but you are seasoning quite a bit of food once the recipe is completely together. Back off if you like and adjust later as needed.
Add the tomatoes, water if using, beans, vinegar and a couple cups of diced frozen peppers if you didn’t use fresh. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook gently for approximately 30 min. Taste for seasoning and make adjustments as needed with any spices and vinegar. Add the diced sweet potato and a little water if chili looks to chunky. Gently simmer until potato is tender. Enjoy!