Healthy and Hearty Beef Chili

Recipe provided by Kimberly Roberto, author of Maximized Living Nutrition Plans

This chili recipe is pretty simple to make and most of you already have the ingredients on-hand at home! The key ingredient is the beef that is used. Please see our notes below on this and also our challenge!

Ingredients:

1 lb grass fed beef or bison
1 small organic onion
1 can organic crushed tomatoes
1 can organic kidney beans
1-2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
½ – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 chipolte peppers, chopped  OPTIONAL

Brown ground beef in a large pot over med-high heat, using a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks. Drain off the fat and add the chopped onion. Continue cooking (and stirring) until the onion is translucent. Add the remaining ingredients (adjust spices to your liking) and bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat to warm, cover and let it simmer.


More Information On Beef Quality

Cows were designed to graze pastures and eat grass. Although most Americans know this, they do not make the correlation between this natural state and the fact that the beef they eat is not grass fed but grain fed. The food that the cow eats results in the overall health of the cow.

Cows were designed to graze pastures and eat grass. Although most Americans know this, they do not make the correlation between this natural state and the fact that the beef they eat is not grass fed but grain fed. The food that the cow eats results in the overall health of the cow.

Grain Fed Beef
I’ll start with the beef most Americans eat today. Today’s cows are typically raised in a giant feed lot where the animals are crammed so tightly they are barely able to turn around. The typical feed contains things like: hay, corn, barley, processed grain by-products, rendered animal products (i.e. other dead animal parts/pieces), animal waste, restaurant waste, antibiotics, etc.

Because the cows are not being fed their normal diet, their body composition changes. This results in several problems which include, but are not limited to, a sickly cow that requires the frequent (often constant) use of antibiotics just to keep it alive, a food product that is deficient in many nutrients normally present in a grass fed cow, and an unbalanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fats which is normally balanced.

Grass Fed Beef
So now let’s switch to the differences and benefits of eating grass fed beef.

These types of cows are raised humanely and naturally, roaming the pastures, grazing on grass that has not been sprayed with pesticides, and are healthy animals.  Here is a summary of the benefits of grass fed beef as obtained from www.eatwild.com (2008).

  • Lower in Fat and Calories- grass fed beef is leaner than grain fed beef resulting in fewer overall calories.
  • Has more Omega-3’s- grass fed beef can contain up to 4 times as much omega-3 fats (these are considered the “good” fats and are essential for every cell and system in the body).  Omega-3’s have proven heart benefits, lowers blood pressure, have a positive effect on the brain (helps with depression, hyperactivity, Alzheimer’s, etc.), aids in weight loss, and helps prevent cancer.
  • The richest known source of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which has shown a dramatic impact on cancer prevention.  Grass fed beef has 3-5 times more CLA than the conventionally fed cow.
  • Vitamin E (which is a powerful antioxidant)- grass fed beef is 4 times higher in this important vitamin that many Americans are deficient in.
  • Purchasing and eating grass fed beef is not only good for your health, it supports local farms and farmers, is more humane, and is better for the environment.

The Challenge? Take a can of chili out of your cupboard/pantry or if you are grocery shopping, go look at a can. What kind of ingredients do you see in there that you do not recognize? Scary, huh?

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