One of the most comforting meals on a cold day is the popular chili dish.
It’s rich, filling and fortunately happens to be good for your body! Chili is a traditional stew made with beans, corn, spices and sometimes meat that is super rich in nutrients and fibers. It is also so flavorful, because of the spices, that it is often thought of as food for the soul.
Cumin, cinnamon and oregano are only some of the incredible flavors in this hearty meal. With the kick of chili flakes it is a to-go dish on the cooler days or just when you want to spice things up a bit.
Another easy, filling recipe to try: hearty & healthy Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes
This recipe is very easy and can be made several ways. It can be eaten as a soup or stew or served as a side with tortillas or bread. It can also made a lovely tortilla filling alongside some greens and avocado. It is totally worth making and here’s a recipe that will make you a chili-convert.
All you need to make in advance is soak your beans overnight. It is always best to cook your own beans at home but if you are pressed for time just use canned cooked beans. It’s not a serious reason enough to stop you from making your chili!
Another advantage is that you can experiment with seasoning and try adding all sorts of spices and herbs – coriander, paprika, turmeric, fresh mint or thyme. It is totally up to you and each family has its own recipe depending on their taste and preferences. There’s just one thing that you shouldn’t miss and that’s hot and tasty chili!
Love soups & slow cooker meals? Try this slow cooker beef with root veggies
Type: Lunch, Dinner - Can easily be made omnivore or vegan, by adding or omitting meat
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Serves: 6 portions
8 ounces butternut squash (peeled, then cut into ½ inch cubes)
12 ounces boneless pork chops (cut away the fat)
15 ounces black and kidney beans
30 ounces stewed tomatoes
1 cup corn
1 Large onion
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup water
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp oregano
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1. If you cook the beans on your own, soak them in water overnight. On the next day, rinse them well and cook for 40-50 min until tender. Or follow this slow cooked beans recipe.
2. Trim the fat away from the pork and cut it into half-inch cubes.
3. Slice the onion and caramelize it into the oil for 5-6 minutes. Add the meat cut into cubes and garlic slices and brown them until they are cooked.
4. Add all other vegetables and spices and stir well.
5. Pour in the tomatoes and cook for 30 minutes with the lid on.
6. The Pork Squash Chili is done when the cubes of squash are thoroughly cooked and tender.
7. Serve with chips, bread, or tortillas or just enjoy it as a soup.
Notes: If you like to keep your chili vegan, just skip the pork and enjoy as it is!
Refrigerate leftovers in an air tight container. The chili keeps very well in the freezer, as well.