Winter Is Coming…
Seriously, though, it’s never too early to start stocking up your recipe book with some belly-filling, bone-warming meals for when the weather takes a turn for the frosty.
Everyone has their favorite comfort meals for all seasons and I think winter especially lends itself to comfy, cozy dishes that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Maybe you’re rooting your favorite football team on from the comfort of your couch, maybe you’re swaddled up in a blanket with a good book in your lounge chair, or maybe you’re just grabbing a quick plate of something to sneak back to bed while you binge the latest Netflix hit in an expertly-crafted fortress of pillows.
Whatever your situation may be, this chili has got your back. It’s hearty, it’s filling, it’s delectable, it’s (obviously) diet-friendly, but best of all — it’s not going to take 8 hours!
Yes, yes, the BEST chili concoctions deserve to be in their own little crock pot spa all day or even overnight, but sometimes you that kind of waiting just isn’t in the cards. Maybe you’re too busy to set it up and keep an eye on it, or maybe you’re just like me and get a surprise craving that will not be acceptable to wrestle with for hours upon hours while you impatiently tap your foot in the kitchen. Thus, we have the modern miracle of 30-minute chili!
This is so simple and fast you’re not going to believe it comes out as tasty as it does. Don’t believe me? Take a shot at it yourself:
⏰ Total time: 5 mins prep / 25 mins cooking
🍴 Makes: 5 cups / servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion (finely chopped)
- 1 medium green pepper (finely chopped)
- 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
- 1lb grass fed ground beef
- 3 heaped tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 8 oz beef bone broth
- 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
🍴 Step 1
In a medium to large crock pot (or dutch oven — teehee — if you’re so inclined) add your teaspoon of olive oil and warm it under medium heat. Then, take your bell peppers and onions and sprinkle them in to your olive oil puddle to start your sauté, this should only take a minute or two. Finally, to complete the set-up step, stir in your garlic, salt, pepper and spices.
🍴 Step 2
Time to beef this baby up! Toss in that grass-fed beef and cook until it’s got that delicious brown color all the way through. Then, slap in your tomato paste, tomatoes and broth to get a nice foundation going. Make sure to mix everything thoroughly, but gently.
🍴 Step 3
Crank that bad boy up to a boil for just a minute to get all those flavors activated, then drop it down low. Let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, or up to an hour if you have the extra time and/or patience.
🍴 Step 4
Crack the lid, pour it into your favorite bowl and add your preferred toppings! I recommend cheese and sour cream as some basics, but something like avocado or a sprinkle of cocoa powder can be just as delicious if you’re feeling a little more adventurous!
🔪 Nutrition Information
- Serving size: About 3/4 cup
- Calories: 156
- Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 4g
- Protein: 18g