I used to love Nalley’s Chili as a kid and teenager. Fortunately I grew up and learned how to read ingredients and my taste buds developed to craving healthier foods. Below are the ingredients listed in the Nalley’s Chili can:
Water, Beef, Bean(s), Vegetable(s) Protein Textured (Soy Flour, Caramel Color Contains 2% or less of the Following: () , Tomato(es) Paste, Salt, Spice(s), Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour Bleached Enriched [Niacin, Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid (Vitamin aB)] , Barley Malted Flour) , Food Starch Modified, Soy Protein Hydrolyzed,Monosodium Glutamate, Sugar, Paprika, Flavoring, Citric Acid
Augh! What is some of that stuff?!? If I can’t pronounce it, how is my body supposed to recognize how to break it down and process it? There is a lot of extra flours, food additives, colors and soy than I care to touch. Best to steer clear of canned or any pre-packaged item that has more than a couple ingredients, and all ones that are recognizable and actual food, not chemicals.
Since being a teenager, I have learned to cook more than just boiling water in a pot & heating food up in a microwave, thank goodness for development. I have come up with one tasty recipe for chili and wanted to share it This recipe is free of any harmful ingredients and full of action packed nutrients and will leave you feeling satisfied and bonus without gas. 🙂
What you will need:
Dutch oven or slow cooker
1 lb grass-fed beef or ground pork
1 lb ground turkey or ground chicken
4 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 yams/sweet potatoes or 1 of each, chopped
1 onion, chopped (or half red, half sweet onion)
10 oz Organic canned diced tomatoes, no salt added
4 oz Canned jalapeños (optional)
1.5 cup of brewed coffee
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
3-4 Tbsp Chili powder
2 tsp Chili flakes
3 tsp Cumin
3 tsp Onion powder
2 Tbsp Minced garlic
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
3 tsp Pepper
-2 Tbsp Olive Oil/Bacon fat/Coconut oil/Butter (this is to cook the meat & onion in)
If you have a dutch oven, place it on the stove on low, pour in the oil or fat of choice, sauté the onion. Once the onion is cooked, you can cook up the ground turkey/beef (or whatever meets you chose) and brown them. Depending on how much fat you have you can either leave it and just add all your ingredients in or you can drain some of it if it seems like you have a lot of excess.
Keep the meat in the dutch oven, add the powdered ingredients: cocoa powder, chili powder, chili flakes, cumin, onion powder, sea salt, pepper as well as the minced garlic. Mix well into the meat. Add in the canned diced tomatoes, jalapeños and coffee. Continue to cook on low for about 60-90 minutes.
If you are using a slow cooker, brown the meats of choice in a pan with the 1-2 Tbsp of oil, add to crock pot. Sauté onion then add to the crock pot. Mix in all dry ingredients well. Add the tomatoes, jalapeños, and coffee. Mix well. Let sit on low for 4 hours, continue to mix occasionally.