Southwestern “No Bean” Chili

no bean chili

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If you have trouble digesting beans or your dietary restrictions don’t allow them, then you’ll love this hearty bean-less version of my chili! (Click photo to enlarge.)

This recipe is also delicious served over your favorite noodles and/or topped with shredded cheese!

INGREDIENTS:
3 lb ground beef (grass-fed is best)
2 large onions, finely diced
2 green bell peppers, finely diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
2 large tomatoes, diced (optional)
9 cups water
3 (6oz.) cans tomato paste (choose brand that contains only “tomatoes”)
4 TBSP chili powder, to taste
2 tsp cumin, to taste
2 tsp sea salt, to taste
½ tsp black pepper, to taste
Garlic granules, to taste
Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
Sauté onion, peppers and beef in large pot until meat is browned and veggies are tender. Season to taste with sea salt, black pepper and garlic granules. Transfer to a large crock pot. Add remaining ingredients and stir well. Simmer in crock pot on Low for about 8 -10 hours. If possible, taste a few times while it cooks and adjust seasonings to your taste. This recipe freezes well! It also tastes even better re-heated, so feel free to make in advance! (If you don’t have a crock pot, just simmer together in a large pot on the stove for at least one hour.)

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Beef Enchiladas Recipe

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This recipe is quite a bit of work, but it’s well worth it!!! I hope you all give it a try, as I’ve never met anyone who didn’t fall in love with these enchiladas, adults and kids alike!! 🙂

NOTE: You can save time and effort by making a larger batch of the sauce – e.g., doubling the recipe – and freezing the extra for next time!

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound ground beef (we use lean, grass-fed)
  • 1 medium onion, diced  (optional)
  • 8 to 12 oz. shredded cheese (we use Pepper Jack)
  • 6 tortillas (we use 1 package of Ezekiel Sprouted Grain tortillas)
  • Enchilada sauce (recipe below)
  • Taco seasoning (recipe below)

ENCHILADA SAUCE INGREDIENTS:
1 tsp olive oil
½ cup diced onion
1 tsp freshly minced garlic
1/2 cup water
1 TBSP chili powder
1 TBSP honey
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp salt
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
3 (6oz) cans of water

TACO SEASONING INGREDIENTS:
2 tsp chili powder
1½ tsp cumin
1 tsp onion granules
3 ¼ tsp garlic granules
½ tsp sea salt

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DIRECTIONS:

Prepare enchilada sauce: Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.

While sauce is simmering, brown beef and diced onion (if using). Drain if needed. Stir taco seasoning ingredients and 3/4 cup water into cooked meat; bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes.

Place tortillas on a flat surface (I use a clean countertop) and coat each with a thin layer of sauce.

Divide meat mixture evenly between the tortillas.

Sprinkle on desired amount of shredded cheese and fold to close. (Save about 1/3 of the cheese to sprinkle on top!)

Grease a 9 x 12 baking dish (although I never bother greasing my glass dish!).

Cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of sauce, so the tortillas don’t dry out on the bottom.

Place all folded enchiladas into the pan and cover evenly with remaining sauce, making sure to coat the outer edges.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 min., until bubbly & warm.

Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, and return to oven until cheese melts (about 5 minutes).

We enjoy these just like this, but you could top with salsa, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

We enjoy these served with homemade baked corn chips.

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Salad with Chicken & Fresh Veggies

I just LOVE to cook once and eat twice (or more)!!! And this is the perfect meal for doing just that! We smoked 4 chickens yesterday, and now we have tons of meat leftover. (You could also roast your chickens, instead – we use the smoker because we can fit more chickens in there. LOL!) Or you can use leftover grilled chicken…or grill some up fresh just for this. Whatever works! 🙂

Tonight we enjoyed organic salad mix from Costco topped with leftover smoked chicken meat; fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers; and homemade Italian Dressing!

I tossed in some Italian flax crackers on the side for good measure, too! 😉 Click here to read more about those!

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A day of REAL food!

Here’s an example of what we ate one particular day in our “REAL FOOD” household.

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Breakfast:

  • Egg (fried in coconut oil and sprinkled with salt/pepper)
  • Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
  • Smoothie made with kale (greens), freshly squeezed OJ, frozen strawberries, banana, pineapple (looks gross, but it’s YUMMY – can’t even taste the kale!)

Lunch:

Snack:

  • Pecan Pie LaraBar
  • Apple

Dinner:

  • Southwest Rice Bowl – Before we changed our diet 4 1/2 years ago, I used to LOVE going out to eat at PepperJax Grill and ordering their Chicken Rice Bowl. So I created this recipe to recreate those flavors at home: Chicken, onions, brown rice, cilantro, lime juice, tomatoes, green onions, avocado, etc. Yum!!

Dessert:

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