Lean Beef Chili

Bonnie passed along this recipe from Red Gold tomatoes.  I make it with a lean ground beef (96/4) and we enjoy it with cornbread. Lean ground turkey is a nice substitute.

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 # lean ground beef (I use 96/4)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 t cocoa
  • 1 can (15-ounce) chili hot beans or kidney beans
  • 1 can (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes chili ready (if you cannot find this, just use two cans of the following item)
  • 1 can (14.5-ounce) Muir Glen diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 can (28-ounce) Muir Glen Fire Roasted Crushed tomatoes

METHOD
In a large skillet, sauté the onion and green pepper in a tablespoon of canola oil.
Transfer to a 3 quart Dutch oven, returning skillet to heat. Add beef and brown. Transfer to the Dutch oven. Add chili powder, cocoa, 1 t salt and fresh ground pepper. Bring to a boil, redce to a simmer and cook 20-25 minutes. Season to taste prior to serving. 

Serve with cornbread, chopped avocado and any other fixin's you require -- sour cream and cheddar are well-liked, though I prefer my chili dairy-free.