Chili

Chilly, January weather often prompts desire for good old comfort food, such as Chili. And why not, -Chili is easy to make. Aroma of cumin, and other cooking spices, will instantly make one's house feel like home, sweet home again.
Basic Chili recipe (listed, below) is actually, not just beautifully aromatic, and fulfilling, it is also economical, and nutritious. Beans make excellent source of Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and fiber. Amongst other benefits, they will keep heart healthy, stabilize blood sugar levels, and help manage body weight effectively.
Tomatoes, -good source of C, A, K, and other vitamins, and organic pigments, such as Lycopene, will help stay healthy, and prevent skin, and age-related degenerative diseases, and cancers. Bell peppers make abundant source of vitamin C, and A, too, and of course spices are great in aiding digestion.
Keep Chili simple, and remember, beef is a good source of protein, and (less desirably) fat. Always cook it separately, and drain the fatty juices off, before adding it to the rest of the Chili mix. If you are not a beef eater, try replacing it with minced turkey, it's leaner. Don't get tempted by adding cheese, it piles up the fat content, and brings heartburn. (Originally published in Examiner)
Ingredients - (Approx. 14 cups).
1 1/2 packet, lean, ground beef
1 lb packet, dry, red kidney beans
2 (15 oz.) cans, peeled, chopped tomatoes
2 cups, beef broth
1 tbsp, Olive oil
1 large, bell pepper, cut into strips
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves, garlic, minced
Seasoning Spices
2 tsp, crushed, red peppers
2 tbsp, ground cumin
1 tbsp, paprika
1/2 tsp, fresh ground pepper
1 1/2 tbsp, chili powder
1 tsp, dry oregano
2 tsp, salt
1 tbsp, cornstarch (optional)

Method
(1)In the morning, - soak red kidney beans in a bowl of cold water, cover, and reserve.
(2)In the evening, - in a small bowl, mix all the seasoning spices and starch (if used), together.
(3)In a frying pan, cook beef till fatty juices are well released. Drain, reserve the meat.
(4)In a medium sized crock pot, place olive oil, onion, garlic, peppers, drained kidney beans, and all other ingredients. If necessary, add a cup of water to cover all, well.
(5)Add seasoning spices to the pot, and mix well. Set crock pot on LOW, cover and let it cook overnight.
Serve with rice.
Chili freezes well, so don't forget to freeze the surplus.
Great to enjoy any day, any time.
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Other Notes
(1) If you are not familiar with cups, assume an empty, 15 ½ oz. size can to have 2 cups capacity (1 cup =8oz. =227g.),
tsp. = teaspoon,
tbsp. = tablespoon,
1lb = 453 grams
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