This week, Ernie was craving hot dogs and wanted to cook some on the grill and asked if I could make a chili to go with it. Sure! I already had ground beef and seasonings; all I needed was tomato sauce and beans. Although I normally use fresh, dry beans, I was going to be short on time and opted for the organic canned beans. Everyone loved the chili and kept saying how delicious it was. And it’s a win-win for me because it was quick and still mostly from scratch.
We stopped buying the junk in the can (the chili I never liked anyway) a lonnngggg time ago. I actually never liked chili until I had it homemade – totally not even the same thing. Fresh and simple. And now, it can be quick and from scratch. (About 30-45 minutes)
Brown ground beef, rinse and drain. In the same pot, saute onions, bell pepper, and garlic until slightly browned (about 15 minutes).
Add the browned beef back to the pot and brown a little more, allowing the griade to form (about 10 minutes). Add cumin & chili powder, salt & pepper, diced fresh tomatoes, and then tomato sauce & maple syrup.
(I always add a little turmeric to my food as well.)
Add canned beans, and cook until all the juices are thickened.
Top with whatever you like on your chili! Cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, etc. And serve with our favorite, sweet homemade gluten-free cornbread! (recipe coming soon!)