In Florida, when it drops below 70 degrees, it’s winter for Floridians! So to stay warm and cozy in this brisk weather, my husband loves some good comfort food. I love cooking chili, and I think I have finally created a recipe I will keep in my recipe binder. I love all of the fresh ingredients incorporated into this dish. I use raw cheddar cheese for a topping, since we shy away from dairy. Processed dairy doesn’t agree with our tummies, so when I use dairy in a dish, I like to use the raw version. If you are interested in the controversy of raw milk, check out this article posted in The Daily Green on the benefits of drinking raw milk.
This dish is very filling so we didn’t need to add another side dish to the meal. You can keep it really clean-eating by omitting the cheese topping.
1 lb. of grass-fed organic ground beef
1 medium organic Vidalia (sweet) onion, chopped
1 large organic carrot, shredded
2 large organic tomatoes, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cups of organic vegetable broth
2 cans of dark kidney beans
1 can of organic tomato paste
2 Tbs. of chili powder
2 tsp. of dried oregano
2 tsp. of dried basil
1 tsp. of cumin
2 tsp. of unsulphured molasses (cuts down the acid of the tomatoes)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Raw cheddar cheese, shredded
Cook ground beef in a large pot on medium-high heat until browned. Drain the meat in a mesh colander and then add meat back into pot. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add poblano pepper and carrots. Cook for another minute then add chili powder, oregano, basil, cumin and mix well. Then add tomatoes, tomato paste, molasses, kidney beans and vegetable broth and mix well. Bring mixture to a boil and then turn down to simmer for about an hour. Add salt and pepper to taste. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes!
Shred some of the raw cheddar cheese on top of individual servings. Bon appetite!
Do you have a favorite way to make your own comfort chili? What healthful dishes do you cook up to stay warm in the winter weather?