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Basic Chili

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Basic Chili

Chili
Ingredients:
2 lbs. lean ground beef or turkey
Extra virgin olive oil
1 small to medium sized onion, chopped
3 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium sized can of diced tomatoes or 1-2 cups of fresh diced tomatoes
1 can of small red beans, drained and rinsed
Cumin
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper (optional)
Spicy mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional – frozen vegetables

Directions:
In a medium sized high-sided frying pan, brown the ground meat until almost cooked. Move the meat to the sides of the pan to form a circle in the middle where you can add a small amount of the olive oil, just enough to coat the onions and garlic. Add onions to the frying pan and cook for about a minute, until translucent, then add the garlic. Cook for about another minute, then mix the meat together with the onions and garlic. Add the tomatoes, beans, a squirt of mustard, and the seasonings to taste. There are purposely no measurements for the seasonings because the amounts should be based on the health conditions of the people you are making this for. Hint – if you are making this for a senior citizen you can also add frozen vegetables to this chili to make it more nutritious for them.

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