Meat and vegetable chili…. maybe make this, only maybe.

Meat and vegetable chili…. maybe make this, only maybe.

So, I was talking to Hillary the other day. I told her I was going to cook something and she said “good, then put it on the blog so I can make it!”.

So I made this chili. Most of the time my chilis are pretty darn good. This one, I’m just not sure. Too many vegetables maybe? Not enough spice maybe. Too much tomato paste? It was labeled a “paleo” chili which I noticed later, maybe that was the problem? (Just kidding paleo-ers, don’t unfollow me). Here is the recipe for you to take a look at.

1 pound of ground beef
1 large white onion , chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
4 large carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes, no added salt
1 15 oz. can of tomato paste
2 Tbsp. Chili powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 15 oz. can fulls of water

Now, I made this in a large sauce pan, they called for a cast iron skillet. I also added about 2 full 15 oz. can fulls of water because it just looked too dry. That always happens to me when it comes to chili though. I put all the ingredients in and they make it seem like by just adding the diced tomatoes, there will be enough liquid for it to boil. Ummmmmm hello people, I can’t just boil meat and vegetables until they simmer, I’m confused. So, I always end up adding water.

Place a large sauce pan on medium heat.
Add olive oil, garlic and meat.
Brown meat until fully cooked.
Remove meat from pan with a large spoon, placing on the side.
They recommend draining the fat, but why do I want to do that? FLAVA!
Add the onions and cook until translucent.
Add the zucchini, carrots, chili powder, salt, oregano and cayenne.
Stir very well and cook for 5 minutes.
Add the meat, tomato paste, diced tomatoes and water and stir.
Bring to a boil then turn down to medium-low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Now one of my thoughts while in the grocery store. Well first, when will this man move, I’m trying to buy some meat and he has headphones in and can’t even hear me. Then I thought, this is a lot of tomato paste? 15 oz.?? Usually a recipe calls for a 6 oz. can. Not sure if that’s what made it meh.

You try it and let me know! (Since I’ve made it so delicious tasting and all, whoops, ya win some, ya lose some). Ed liked it, so that’s good, ya know?


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