Eating a bowl of chili….is it really healthy? Uh yeah, sure!

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If you ask anyone about; 1) how good does a bowl of chili taste and 2) whether it’s actually good for you to eat, you’d get lots of positives for the former and few, if any for the latter.
The truth be told, there are a lot of chili abusers out there. Individuals who like to slather on the copious amounts of cheese or totally corrupt the dish with all sorts of wacky additions (see Cincinnati 5-way)!
I like to follow a more mundane, (and hopefully) nutritionally safer route to ‘chili heaven’! Read on…
In my tiny world, a bare bones bowl of chili should contain only the following;
Beef – ground or chunks
Tomatoes – stewed, diced or whatever
Chili powder to add a little heat
Cumin – for that authentic chili taste
While this works, but the result is boring. Now, here is of my favorite and simple recipes:
1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes, 8 oz
1 can red kidney beans
1 pkg McCormick chili mix
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp brown sugar
Directions: To make it, you simply brown the meat, onion and bell peppers in a frying pan, drain off the excess fat and then dump this along with the rest of the ingredients into a crop pot set to low. That’s it! Takes me about ten minutes if I hurry in the morning and then I can go out and plat or work or whatever and I’ll have a steaming hot bowl of chili ready for me when I’m ready. This recipe will make enough for four to six servings.
Now, as to the nutritional factors. Here’s a label I developed using either information off the net or off the can as the case would be. Note that the sodium is low because I used low sodium beans and so-called fake salt (potassium chloride) to flavor the dish. For added heat, I also used a shot of Tabasco sauce!
Note: When I was figuring out what a true serving was, I figured that a cup was about right and that’s what I based the nutritional analysis on. The bottom line is that a good hot bowl of chili ain’t all that bad for your body assuming you supplement it with lots of fruits and veggies!
Oh, and how did this chili taste? Marvelous, just marvelous!

About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who currently resides in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy blogging and politics. I received my degree from SIU majoring in Biology in 1972 and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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