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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Rockin' Bean-less Chili

No beans, eh? Yeah... I keep going back & forth on whether to include them more regularly in the family diet or not. But each time I eat them, they don't seem to agree with me. You don't have to look far to see the debate for & against eating them but I'm all about going with what helps me thrive. I hope you do too :)

I love that this chili is so hearty, savory & flavorful that I don't miss/need sour cream or cheese on it. My boys wanted some on theirs but I was happy with it as is (and so was my waist line)!

My husband complimented me on this chili numerous times over the past few days, so I took it as a cue that this goodness should be shared! It was just what we needed on yet, another cold, New England winter day. A Crockpot version is included as well! Let me know what you think!

Rockin' Bean-less Chili

1 lb grass-fed ground beef
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup diced carrots
3 pieces bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
15 ounce can tomato puree
15 ounce can diced tomatoes

1. In a skillet or large pot, cook the bacon pieces until desired crispiness.
2. Add coconut oil & the diced onion. Cook over medium heat until onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the garlic & cook for 2 more minutes.
4. Put the beef into the mixture & cook until browned.
5. Add the celery, carrots, tomatoes, tomato sauce, seasonings, and stir well. 
6. Bring everything to a boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
7. Stir occasionally, then serve when ready.

Throw everything in the crockpot on low and enjoy the easy goodness in 4-6 hours!

Makes 4 servings