“HEALTHIFIED” TAILGATE CHILI

Makes 12 servings.

IMG_7511Ingredients

  • 2 pounds grass fed ground beef

  • 1 pound Italian sausage

  • 2 (28 oz.) diced tomatoes with juice

  • 1 (6 oz.) tomato paste

  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper chopped

  • 2 green chilies chopped

  • 4 pieces bacon (fried, drained and chopped)

  • 1 cup beef broth (homemade if possible!)

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 1 TBS minced garlic

  • 1 TBS dried oregano

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp hot pepper sauce

  • 1 tsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp stevia glycerite (optional)

  • 1 (8 oz.) block Cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat.

  2. Crumble the ground beef and sausage into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned. Drain off excess grease.

  3. Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste.

  4. Add the onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, chili peppers, bacon bits, and beef broth.

  5. Season with chili powder, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika, and stevia.

  6. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  7. After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it will taste.

  8. Remove from heat and serve, or refrigerate, and serve the next day. Serve with “Healthified” Cheez Its!

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Chili = 409 calories, 21g fat, 23g protein, 28 carbs, 6 g fiber (22 effective carbs)
“Healthified” Chili = 396 calories, 20g fat, 31g protein, 12 carbs, 4 g fiber (8 effective carbs)