We all have “that” pair of jeans… you know, the ones you’ve gleefully slipped into time and time again, and with each wear they keep getting more comfortable and cozy. Or how about that cast iron pan passed on from Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa, which has somehow become perfectly seasoned and stick-resistant over the years. Whether it’s a piece of clothing, cookware, or a nice bottle of wine, there are plenty of things in life that definitely get better with age. And not to be forgotten in this lineup… chili! Don’t get me wrong; a fresh batch of chili hot off the stove can be a treat! BUT… I always seem to find that the chili I thought was good on day 1 magically becomes really awesome on day 2 and day 3, without me even doing anything! The extra day or two of resting in the fridge gives all the ingredients time to get happy together and combine to create a new depth of flavor that just wasn’t there initially. And this is precisely why I love chili recipes, like this Hearty Meat & Bean Chili, so much! It’s reheat-able for easy meals throughout the week, and it’s freeze-able too (if the family doesn’t gobble it all up within a handful of days!). Plus, it’s perfect for entertaining because you can make it a day in advance! Need something mouthwatering and man-approved for an upcoming March Madness party? Hearty Meat & Bean Chili is where it’s at! Start by assembling all of the ingredients. To keep this chili on the lighter side (while also maintaining its “man-approved” status), I decided to use the Turkey/Beef Blend found in our meat department at Festival. It’s a combination of 50% ground turkey breast and 50% ground beef. The result is 100% deliciousness, with 40 fewer calories and nearly 5.5 grams less of fat in the final recipe (as compared to using all ground beef). You can’t even tell the difference!
This chili comes together really quickly, so I definitely recommend prepping all your ingredients before you start cooking! Chop up one medium onion, as well as one green pepper, and mince 3 cloves of garlic. And remember to get your chili powder and cumin ready to also add to the party!
Now that your ingredients are all ready, let the cooking begin! Heat a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat, and begin browning the ground turkey/beef blend.
Next, add in the chopped onion and green pepper, along with the minced garlic. Lightly season with salt and pepper, and cook until the meat is thoroughly browned and the vegetables are tender. You’ll likely have some fat that accumulated at the bottom of the pot, so be sure to drain off the excess before moving on to the next step!
Once your meat and vegetables are cooked, stir in the remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, and seasonings. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
If you’re like me and decide you need to dig in and have a bowl right away, feel free to enjoy as is or top with your favorite garnishes. I personally love the combination of a little cheddar cheese and diced green onion with a traditional chili recipe like this one. Depending on my mood though, I sometimes opt for a dollop of light sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) or diced avocado to add some richness and creaminess!
For those of you who are patient enough to save your chili for tomorrow’s dinner party or lunch at work, simply cool the chili on the stovetop for an hour, put the cover on the pot, and toss it into the fridge. Then all you need to do is reheat your pot of hearty goodness, and you (or your company) will be ready to enjoy a delicious meal! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!
Hearty Meat & Bean Chili
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb. Turkey Beef Blend (½ ground turkey breast, ½ ground beef)
- 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (15 oz.) can Bush’s® Chili Beans, undrained
- 1 (15 oz.) can Bush’s® Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 Tbsp. cumin
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar (optional)
- Heat a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium-high heat. Begin browning the ground turkey beef blend in the pot, and add onion, green pepper, garlic. Season lightly with salt & pepper and cook until the meat is thoroughly browned and the vegetables are tender. Drain off any excess grease from the pot.
- Stir in remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish with desired toppings.
Yield: 6 servings Per Serving*: Calories 320, Total Fat 7g (Saturated 3g, Trans 0g), Cholesterol 50mg, Sodium 930mg, Total Carbohydrate 37g (Dietary Fiber 10g, Sugars 8g), Protein 25g, Vitamin A 25%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 10%, Iron 20% *Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.
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